So as you all know, I have been traveling A TON! I have been in over five states in two weeks and flying so much. With flying comes so many things–stress, planning, and of course, packing! When have been traveling about every two weeks to a month but I am new to traveling every week. I enlisted the help of one of my best friends Kay to get advice for packing a carry on. I have her advise as well as a little of my own below!
Tips from Kay:
I travel for work. A LOT. And with this comes early morning meetings, late night client dinners and 45-minute hauling ass connections. Which is why, when I fly, carry on is not just the best way, it’s the ONLY way. Your luggage won’t get lost, you won’t be late for that conference call because you’re waiting on your bag, and you won’t get it back to find one wheel missing and all your toothpaste on your favorite sweater.
The most important thing when packing a carry on is, well, the carry-on. Anything adorable and a duffel bag- save it for road trips. Unless it has wheels or you plan on backpacking it and need to get used to the weight, it’s just going to piss you off. I am a fan of the “spinner”, but anything with wheels will do. If you travel occasionally- a good Samsonite, Travelpro, or London fog will do the trick, and for a pretty minimal investment. BUT, if you plan on being a road warrior – go for the tumi, briggs & riley, or the ADORABLE Steamline Luggage (HEART). These are pricey, but come with good warranties.
I personally have a Tumi continental spinner- and I love it!
Before I leave on a trip, I make a list of the days I’ll be gone, and the temperature in the city where I’m going each day. Then I write down what clothes I’ll need (work, travel, outside, etc).
When packing, leggings are a girl’s best friend. So is silk. I usually take a pair of thick black legging-pants and 2-3 silky tunics to go with them (they don’t wrinkle too bad, and can roll up small). If the tunics are long enough, this is a great option for work, and if not- a great option for going out. Throw in a flattering winter white skirt for evening parties, and chances are- it’ll match every shirt you packed. Think coordinating colors: camels, blue, black, white and jean always match… And if you’re me, leopard print is a neutral too. I always pack a pair of tennis shoes and workout clothes. AGAIN- spandex is king. The smaller your shorts and top for running, the better.
Wear your riding boots and a cute blazer or jacket on the plane, this way you can save that precious carry-on space. Stay light on bulky jewelry and scarfs- only take your favorite basics, and if you can, wear these on the plane as well. This will not only save you space, but keep you from leaving your earrings at the hotel.
If you play your cards right, it’s easy to pack in a carry-on for a week.
Just a few more tips from me:
Cheers and Travel Often!