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Carry-on Only: Can You Do It?

Normally, I always check a bag whenever I travel, but I have a trip to Italy coming up that includes a lot of train travel. To make things easier, I’ve been researching how I can get by with just a carry-on bag! Let’s talk about what it takes to travel light.

Consider Liquid Restrictions

My biggest concern is packing all of my liquids into a quart-size bag. To solve this problem, I have found small containers that fit TSA restrictions, to put my moisturizer in. I’m also packing a travel-size hair spray, toothpaste, and mascara that can fit in the quart-size back. Solid deodorant and facial wipes won’t have to go into my quart size bag.

Pro tip: Instead of facial cleanser, I’ll use facial wipes, which can also be used as a disposable washcloth if they are not provided.

Create a Capsule Wardrobe

A “capsule wardrobe” includes carefully curated and easily interchangeable items. For this trip, I’m creating a mini capsule wardrobe to cover all the possible clothing needs I’ll have.

  • 3 Tops

  • 3 Bottoms

  • 1-2 Outerwear

  • 1-2 Pairs of walking shoes

  • 1 pair of dress shoes

  • Scarves and jewelry for accents

All of the pieces will mix and match and will be worn more than once. It’s a good idea to choose three colors to work with, which includes two neutrals and a pop of color. For example - black, white, and plum.

Dress in Layers

Dressing in layers helps to combat whatever weather you encounter. As a traveler, I always wear my jacket on the plane. If it’s too warm, I remove it and use it as a pillow or sit on it for more comfort!

Other Tips

If you can’t fit something essential in your carry-on bag, remember that you can always stop at a local store once you arrive at your destination.

I hope this was helpful! Wish me luck as I embark on my first longer trip with just a carry-on bag.



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