If you’re still reading past the title, it’s probably because you think I’m crazy and are wondering how this is even possible. Even if that’s the case, thanks for sticking with me! I’ve talked before about how I like to travel light not only does it make travel days easier, but it makes selecting outfits while traveling easier. So, as Walt and I board a plane for Boston this morning, you guessed it, we will each be traveling with a carry-on bag only.

how to pack in a carryon

why travel with only a carry-on.

If you ask me, traveling with only a carry-on bag is so much easier from start to finish. Now, not that I’m trying to already jump to the end of the trip, but because you pack less, the unpacking of a carry-on is so much easier. At the end of a trip, no matter the length, who wants to spend forever unpacking their bags? Certainly not this girl. I know this seems crazy for a fashion blogger to say, but packing light, which a carry-on forces you to do, also makes your overall trip easier. There is nothing I hate more than feeling overwhelmed by an overflowing suitcase when I’m trying to get a jump on seeing the sights. I have found that the less I pack, the more I enjoy my actual trip — even if it does require a bit more planning. Speaking of sight-seeing, if you carry your bag on you don’t have to wait for what feels like eons in baggage claim. I don’t know about you, but I would rather spend time at my destination rather than in the airport.

how to pack in a carryon

how to pack light.

I’m going to be honest, packing light is not the easiest thing in the world — in fact, a lot of my personal styling clients hire me to pack for them. But I know you can do it. Why? Because I have 4 simple steps to help you.

  1. Make a list. I know, this seems silly, but making a list of what you’ll be doing each day + the outfit/s you need to wear is so helpful with your initial packing.
  2. Lay it all out. Lay out everything you plan to take in specific outfits — this makes it easy to see what you’re missing … and what you can take out.
  3. Purge. No, you do not need everything that you’ve laid out. Yes, I’m serious. See what you can use double time … like that cream cardigan … and take out what it can replace … like that cream pullover.
  4. Pack your bags. The biggest mistake people make is leaving all your duds out to “mull over” — this inevitably leads to the addition of unnecessary items. So pack those bags, zip them up and move on.

See? With these four steps, anyone can easily pack light — no matter the length of the trip. I have honestly packed a client for a 10 day trip in a carry-on bag!

how to pack in a carryon

what I packed for Boston.

Sneakers — It’s no secret that I wear sneakers 90% of the time, and when I’m traveling it is no different. I’m packing my two favorite {and most comfortable} pairs of Golden Goose sneakers, which will take me from day to night so easily and are comfy enough to wear all day everyday.

Spring coat — I am obsessing over my new trench from Everlane and it will be perfect for Boston. Another great option for changing temps would be a neutral color denim jacket or even a lightweight military style jacket.

Bottoms – If you follow me on Instagram, then you know I’ve recently become obsessed with chinos, so my fave pair are obviously making the trip. My favorite maternity jeans + my new midi skirt also made the cut. All three are so versatile for day or night and can be worn with multiple different tops.

Tops – I love packing tops that double for day and night, which always works well for me because we are such casual people and rarely go out for super fancy meals. I’m loving flowy tops that can be worn loose or slightly tucked in and I feel like they are versatile enough to be worn with any bottom either day or night.

The extras – I love a good hat, and this one is my absolute favorite of all time — lightweight and so comfortable. Even though I do pack light, I always like to bring a small crossbody bag when traveling — I don’t love toting my backpack out to dinner and drinks at night! Of course, I can’t go on a trip without my earbuds, Kindle or DSLR!

So you see, packing in a carry-on bag for a long weekend is totally doable with my four simple steps. And I promise it will make your overall trip so much better — from start to finish. It may sound crazy, but I’m already excited to not have a huge suitcase to unpack come Sunday!

Now I want to know, do you pack light or pack everything but the kitchen sink? Tell me in the comments!

xo, LC




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