2017 is shaping up to be a year of travel for me. Although I really didn’t plan for it to be, it’s March and I’ve already visited London, Paris, Washington DC, Los Angeles, Palm Springs, Kansas City, and Dallas this year. Not to mention the 5 trips planned for the next few months.
Needless to say? It was time to get my packing skills refined to an art form. NO MORE checked luggage crammed to the max for, ahem, a 4-day trip. (What can I say? This is how my brain works while packing. Maybe yours does too?)
However, I spent quite some time devoted to capsule wardrobes. How could there be such a discrepancy between my day-to-day and my packing practices? I decided I would challenge myself to pack in one carry-on for my recent 7-day trip to London and Paris, and you guys, it was so great. I don’t think I’ll ever check a bag again.
Here’s the thing about packing for London and Paris in the early Spring. You’re essentially going to be outside with a coat on the entire time. So I focused less on my under layers, and more on my outerwear and accessories. This really made packing so much easier. Also, I had access to laundry mid-week, which made it easier to cut down on my tees, pajamas, panties, etc.
First things first. My carry-on itself. I use the Bigger Carry-On by Away Travel. (Get $20 off your first bag when you click through that link.) Oh my goodness, I can’t say enough about this suitcase. It has a hard case, a charging port for my devices, looks so stylish, and most importantly fits SO MUCH stuff in it. For real, you guys. Take a look.
This particular size fits all the sizers of major US airlines – I had no problem fitting it in the overhead bins of Delta, Virgin Airlines, and Air France during my trip. However, if you travel budget airlines in other countries or smaller jets, this particular size will probably not work, and you should consider the regular carry-on size from Away. I very rarely fly in those situations, so the bigger size works for me.
As for my packing breakdown, here you go.
Trench Coat – I bought a trench coat from APC a few years back and it’s served me so well. Stylish and functional, it makes any look pulled together in an instant.
Puffer Coat – The trench coat just couldn’t hack it during the cooler mornings and evenings, so a heavier coat was a must. I wore this on the plane, so it was not packed in my carry-on.
Heavier Sweater – A heavy cotton or soft alpaca sweater is key, and I wore it on the plane because it’s super cozy.
Cashmere/Lightweight Sweaters – Comfortable layering pieces so you don’t get overheated during the day.
Lightweight Turtleneck – Love a simple black turtleneck because you can layer it or dress it up on its own.
Black Silk Top – A versatile option for an evening out.
Navy Striped Top – Stripes = Happy
Chambray Shirt – Chambray goes with everything.
Black Jeans – This pair by Citizens of Humanity is a fave. Very comfortable.
Faded Denim Jeans – See above.
Joggers – Super comfortable for a long plane trip.
White Tees – Obvious.
Pajamas – I sometimes prefer to sleep in lightweight tanks and pants, but these are a staple.
Socks – Obvious.
Black Booties – Okay, these particular boots were fabulous on the trip. Very stylish and so comfortable. Didn’t get one blister and walked for miles every day.
Oxfords – I probably could have left them at home and only worn the booties and sneakers.
Sneakers – Loving the white sneaker trend, and I wore these a lot during the trip on the travel days.
Silk Bandana – I brought a little silk neckerchief, but didn’t end up wearing it.
Toiletries – I pack all my toiletries in this pouch. I’ve had it for years.
Flat Iron – I can use a flat iron to curl and straighten my hair, so it eradicates the need to bring both a flat iron and a curling iron.
Makeup – My favorite makeup bag is the smaller one of this duo.
There you have it! As always, feel free to leave any questions/comments. Bon voyage!
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