Travel Week: Packing Light

I have never been able to travel with just a carry-on bag.  To be honest, I never tried.  But saving a few bucks on checking luggage motivated us to learn how to get all our stuff into one small bag.

Enter Pinterest.

I had seen this tip a while back and pinned it for this very occasion.  Following the flight attendant’s guidance in the NY Times article,  I chose several mix and match clothing pieces to carry me through seven days.

I packed:

3 pair of shorts

2 pair of casual pants

1 skirt

7 shirts

1 sweater for the cooler weather in the evenings

3 pair of shoes

2 pair of pajamas

1 set of earrings

1 bracelet



As the article suggests, I rolled all of my garments, packed my shoes around the perimeter of my carry-on bag and tucked in the rest of the essentials.

It was a tight squeeze and zipping the bag brought me back to the days when I had to zip up my skin-tight jeans by laying on the bed, suck in and pull up the zipper with all my might.

But we saved some money, and it was really nice having all of my stuff with me on the plane.  No worrying about lost luggage.

So, friends, I’ve “pin there, done that,” and I give this pin an A+.

I hope travel week has given you some helpful tips for your own travels.  I’ll be back tomorrow to sum up each tip into one tidy post.

Until next time,



  1. I HAVE tried this and can’t do it. My hair and make up stuff take up a bag:):) Have fun, wherever you are going!!!!

  2. summer wathen says:

    Packing light also makes traveling easier because ypur bag is lighter to lug around, your things are easier to find, and when you are visiting friends who have a small house, they dont have to rent a storage unit for you and your things to fit. Its a win win for everyone!

  3. Always do carry-on! I can pack for a 10 day cruise in a carry-on. I too like to have it with me. No waiting for baggage and we can get going to fun.

  4. Pinky, I always had the same problem. But this time, I packed only the makeup that I actually use, and no hairdryer since hotels have them and only brought travel sized hair products. We went to Callfornia last week and had a blast.

  5. Excellent point, Summer! 😉

  6. I loved not waiting for baggage once we landed and being able to just get off the plane and go.

  7. my main problem for packing is not taking the time to plan what I will wear. Then I am packing and just keep adding stuff. I always have too much. I need to try harder, plan better. I always take exercise clothes and that ends up taking me over my space limit anyway. I agree with the other comment though, that a smaller bag is easier for you and your hosts to live with once you arrive!

  8. Last December, my husband and I each packed our carry-ons only! We went to St. Lucia for 22 nights! I was up for the challenge and suggested we do this as we have a connecting flight in Toronto and waiting for luggage to appear (or not) is a drag! Although the beach life requires different articles of clothing, I still had 6 swimsuits (I washed them out daily), 4 dresses, 2 shorts, 2 capris, 5 camis, 6 tops, 3 pr shoes/sandals, hairbrush/comb, no toiletries (hotel supplies shampoo, conditioner, lotion & soap) loohfah, 2 nightgowns, underwear, 6 prs earrings, 2 bracelets, 6 necklaces. I wore on the plane my jeans, top, cardigan and light jacket, socks and runners. This totally works with a plan as I did have some tops I didn’t wear. I rolled everything up just like we’ve all heard to do. Come on girls, it CAN be done!

  9. Way to go! I’m so very impressed. And I had the same motivation. As you with connecting flights. It definitely saved time. Thanks so much for sharing! And I echo Teresa’s sentiment…come on girls, we can do this!
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