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Packing Two Weeks of Clothes in a Carry-On

I remember our family vacations growing up. The large green suitcase over-stuffed with mine and my mother’s clothing, so filled that I had to sit on it so my mother could close it. Then of course, the smaller one filled with just shoes. It reminds me so much of Fashion Week, when I hurry past the girls waiting on their 4 piece luggage set with just a carry on. Yes, for the mother of all fashion events, I traveled with a carry-on and (gasp) wore a few pieces more than once! After packing last minute for clients and the horrid memories of my yesteryears, I’ve trained myself to not only pack the night before, but to carry nothing more than a carry-on. Here is my simple solution to packing two weeks worth of clothes in a carry-on. I am packing as we speak.

  • Two Week Vacation with a Carry-On? 1 of 6
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    It is possible and easier than you might think. 

  • Find the Perfect Carry-On 2 of 6
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    I actually shopped around for a bit for mine. I found the perfect duffle/carry on from DVF online about two years ago. I splurged a bit but it was worth it to have something durable and, being that it would be seen through, hopefully, several airports, I needed it to be stylish. Make sure you get a bag that is solid and that you love. After all, it took my daughter 20 seconds to fall for hers. 

  • Do The Laundry 3 of 6
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    It goes without saying that your clothes should be clean so that is obviously not why I mention it. My reasoning is simple. When packing, you are grabbing things that you see in front of you, whether hanging in your closet or in your drawer. Most of us don't really keep a mental inventory of what is in our hampers. Imagine getting ready in your hotel room and thinking, "hmmm, I should've brought that black top." You couldn't because you didn't remember you had it. Do the laundry and put it all away. You'll see what you have, pack what you need, and come home to an empty laundry room. Added bonus. 

  • Make A List, Check It Twice 4 of 6
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    Make a list of what you are packing, as in what actually makes it into your carry on. That way you know if you are packing enough or way too much. You really don't need to pack two blue tops, do you? Once you are done writing your list, place it in the actual carry on - you'll need it to make sure you don't leave anything behind later when coming home. 

  • Plan Your Outfits 5 of 6
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    Have an idea of what you may or may not be doing on vacation? Dinner and dancing? Pack your party heels. Lay everything out so you can see what "looks" you can take and what items you can mix and match while there. This helps you avoid packing 4 pairs of jeans when you really only need one and 20 tops when you can survive with 5-6. Lay it out and see how quickly you start to eliminate the pieces you weren't going to wear anyway. 

  • Roll With It 6 of 6
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    This is the most important and this image is my actual bag for my two week vacation. Notice, I have room to spare. Folding is a thing of the past as it takes up too much room. Instead, fold your garment once lengthwise and then roll your garment tight. By doing so, you have doubled the size of your carry on. Don't forget to utilize the space in your shoes for jewelry, scarves and even small toiletries. 

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