4 Tips for Packing a Carry On

4 Tips for Packing a Carry On

General Packing Tips

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Packing can be a challenge no matter where you are going or what you are doing. Over the years, I have learned to pack more efficiently, mostly so I can just keep to the two carry on items. But packing for a wedding can be a challenge as well. Is the wedding indoors or outdoors? Is it black tie or less formal? There is a lot that comes into play when you are a guest at someone’s wedding. But how to pack for an out of state wedding? Here are some tips that might be helpful:

Study the climate
San Diego is gorgeous right now with temperatures in the 60s and 70s and full of sunshine. But I understand the rest of the country isn’t following the exact same weather pattern. So, while a sleeveless, breezy dress might still work here, I know that when traveling east, I’ll want something warmer to wear. Longer sleeves, longer hemlines, possibly tights and closed-toe shoes.

Think about the shoes
Shoes takes up the most space in the suitcase and many times you don’t end up wearing all the ones you pack. I try to wear the shoes that will take up the most space for the plane ride, and then save room in the suitcase for flats or heels for the weekend.

Leave it up to layering
When switching climates, you’ll always want to keep layering in mind. I don’t necessarily want to leave or arrive back to San Diego wearing a heavy coat, sweater and jeans. But I don’t want to arrive at my colder destination in a tank top and flip flops either. I always recommend layers when traveling including a big scarf or shawl that can easily be stuffed into a bag, but that can be used as a blanket on the flight.

Minimize your makeup
I tear out makeup and beauty product samples from magazines and also store away samples I get from my monthly beauty subscriptions primarily for traveling. They’re already the right size and it’s easier to pack one or two eye shadows versus a large compact of them or a travel-size moisturizer and mascara over ones that will take up more room or not qualify for your carry on.

Planning outfits and setting them on the bed first will also help you visualize exactly what you'll be wearing so you won't be as likely to over pack. Also, unless you are sensitive to hotel items, remember that you most likely will be getting complimentary shampoo, conditioner, cotton swabs, body wash, etc. Don't take up unnecessary space unless you have specific products you can't live without. What packing tips do you follow when traveling?

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