Is it just us or is going to the airport the worst part of a vacation? It’s nothing but lineups and hauling around luggage. Luckily there’s a way to significantly minimize your time at the airport - travelling with only a carry-on bag. We realize that sometimes it isn’t possible, but if it is you should definitely do it. It’ll get you that much closer to your dream destination, and also save you on extra baggage fees. Don’t worry, you will be able to include everything you need.
Pack in outfits
Eliminate packing excess clothes that you won’t end up wearing by packing in outfits. If you don’t think you can plan out what you’ll want to wear each day, make outfits for occasions instead (sightseeing outfit, going out outfit, beach outfit, etc).
Choose a color scheme
This way everything you pack will match, if you feel like deviating away from the original outfits you packed once you’re on vacation.
Work around one item
Choose one key piece that you can make a few different outfits from. For example, a top that you can wear with jeans/trousers, a skirt, and shorts. Or a skirt that you can wear with a t-shirt/tank top or a blouse. That’s everything you need, sorted!
Stick to as many one-pieces/sets as you can
Dresses, jumpsuits, and rompers will be your best friend. They’re already an outfit on their own! All you need to do is switch up your accessories/makeup/footwear and you’ll have a whole new look so no need to pack extra outfits. Alternately, pack a two-piece set because you can wear it together or separately to create different looks.
Travel in your bulkiest clothes
It may not be the most comfortable choice, but if you don’t have a super long flight it’ll be worthwhile. Or maybe you’re lucky and your bulkiest clothes are also your most comfortable! Hoodies and joggers, we’re looking at you. Wear any jewelry that you want to bring with you (to save time at security, keep all big pieces in your pocket or bag first for quick and easy placement in the trays. You’ll have time to put it on while you wait to board).
Utilize all the space you can. If you’re bringing an extra pair of shoes, stuff your socks inside of them. Roll your clothes instead of folding.
Minimize everything you can
You’ll need to get travel-sized liquids and gels, so while you’re out don’t stop there. Start a travel kit of mini toiletries/grooming supplies (brushes, etc). Many cosmetics stores are always happy to give out makeup and perfume samples so don’t be afraid to ask!