TRAVEL 4 years ago
Packing in a Carry On - 10 Days in Italy
Hello, everyone! It’s Hannah back on the blog!
A few years ago, I wrote about how I packed for a 7 day trip to Spain in just a carry-on. It was actually my second contributing post ever! Well, I’m back on my BS, because for a 10-day trip to Italy with some friends I decided to pack in JUST a carry-on.
Why did I put myself through this you ask? First, it would be a great blog post. Second, I knew that because my friends and I booked our tickets on the cheap, transferring airlines and such would be a lot easier if I didn’t have to worry about waiting for my luggage at the baggage claim.
WRITE IT DOWN
If you know me, you know I love to write things down. Lists? Love them. Notebooks? Got a million. So a few days before my trip I sat and brainstormed my outfits using the ‘capsule wardrobe’ theory. AKA: a few good pieces that can be mix-and-matched.
TRY IT ON
I know I’m psycho but yes, I tried on all of my outfits to make sure I actually liked them. You know when an outfit looks good in your head but looks like crap when you put it on? Exactly. So to avoid that, I tried it all on. Thank god I did because I ended up switching up a few looks.
THROW IN A ‘JUST IN CASE’ OUTFIT
I’m so glad I threw in a few extra t-shirts because it saved me! I had one outfit planned that needed a specific bra, but sadly when I wore said bra (the only one I packed) a few days prior- I put it in my dirty clothes bag so by the time I needed to wear it again it smelled like dirty socks. Not cute.
Also, in my case- throw in more socks than you think you need. I ended up wearing my tennis shoes more than I anticipated (we walked 11 miles one day) so I ended up having to buy a pack of socks at an H&M in Rome.
Large Le Pliage Tote
Shop My Suitcase
For beauty, I really tried to slim down my routine to the bare essentials. I have a tendency to bring WAY more products than I actually need so I was extra cautious to avoid weighing down my suitcase with products I wouldn’t even touch.
Here’s what I brought for my skincare and makeup:
WHAT I’LL REMEMBER FOR NEXT TIME
While I like to think I’m a pro-jet setter, I’m not. I’m still learning as I go, so here are a few things that I wish I would’ve packed:
1. Dryer Sheets
While I was smart enough to remember a reusable bag to throw my dirty clothes into, it didn’t completely trap the ~odor. Next time, I’ll throw in some dryer sheets or perhaps a small bottle of Febreeze.
2. Deck of Cards
My phone service was pretty reliable the whole time I was abroad, but there were some instances while my friends and I were waiting for flights/trains that we didn’t want to waste our phone’s battery or data. We saw a group playing with a deck of cards and it seemed like the perfect lo-fi solution to pass the time.
3. Check Weight Limits
Even though I succeeded in packing 10 days worth of outfits in a carry-on suitcase, I did not factor in the WEIGHT of my suitcase. Which was, according to both Norwegian Airlines AND Air France- incredibly over the weight limit. I ended having to pay for and check-in my suitcase for two of my four flights. Ooops.
4. Compression Socks
My ankles swelled up like balloons. It was ridiculously uncomfortable and I have no one but my self to blame. I don’t know if compression socks would’ve helped- mostly because my feet didn’t swell up post-flight as much as they did on day two in Florence. Photo evidence at the end of this album on IG. Was it all the walking we did? Probably. Was I dehydrated? Most likely.
After all of that, I can say that I’ll definitely travel in just a carry-on again. It was easy considering how much walking we did with our suitcases. Even though I’ve been back in LA for two weeks now, I’m already itching to travel again. Can you blame me?
Have you all ever done a long trip in just a carry-on? Do you have any tips you swear by? Drop a comment down below! PS if you have any questions about my Italy trip- @ me on Instagram and I’d be happy to answer!
Until next time,
What do YOU think?
8 responses to “Packing in a Carry On – 10 Days in Italy”
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You look great!
Planning outfits ahead of time really makes a difference!
Mireia from TGL
What a great photos! Sounds like you had fun time
Thanks for sharing
Very nice tips!
The “just in case outfit” is something I always doo, too 😀
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Lovely thanks for sharing
Italy, chicnes, totes,
Lisa Merkle Design, Los Angeles
Hannah, That was just incredibly helpful, and so fun to read, loved the pictures too ! I forwarded it on to my 3 grown daughters who love to travel, they will get such a kick out of your thoughtful ideas, AND I got some ideas for them for Christmas from your post. Great great job!
Have a wonderful holiday season ! – Jane
I’m itching to travel again soon! And omg you’re the master packer! <3 I definitely need to learn how to travel with just a carry on! Haha and yes, the Longchamp bag is my go-to carry-on bag as well!
XO, Elizabeth T.
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