View Full Version : How do people do it: pack everthing into their carryon for a 7 day trip?
Apr 16th, 2012, 05:42 PM
We used to always take two carryons plus pay for one checked in bag when flying via Allegiant. Now, Allegiant is charging for a carryon so it doesnt make sense to pay for both. This has caused us to re-evaluate our packing strategy. I keep oh "hearing " people just taking one carryon per person for a 7 day or more trip, but these same people never actually explain how they accomplish this. They say they never wash the clothes while on holidays and never wear the same clothes twice either. This of course leaves us very confused.
Apr 16th, 2012, 06:23 PM
It can work if you're going somewhere warm and you wear little.
Apr 16th, 2012, 06:38 PM
You are generally allowed a carry on and a personal item (usually for laptops/cameras). My personal item is a small backpack (where I put my laptop and have space for some additional items).
If you have bulky items, wear them instead of packing it.
Travel clothing is generally lighter and takes up less space.
Learn to do without. You may pack too many items that you "might" need which usually ends up not being needed.
I generally plan to do laundry during on a trip to save space.
Apr 16th, 2012, 07:54 PM
Apr 16th, 2012, 08:14 PM
That's pretty much standard practice for me on business trips, though you have to make compromises. Basic strategies for me are:
2:1 ratio of tops/shirts to pants/shorts. You can wear the same pants multiple days longer than tops.
Disposible razor rather than electrical.
3 pairs of socks, 3 underwear.
Do not pack 7 days worth of clothes. You can always wash clothes in the hotel bathroom.
T-shirts are preferable to dress shirts because of the compactibility.
Rolled is better than folded.
Wear fresh clothes on the day you leave.
Don't pack towels or face cloths.
Sleep in a fresh T-shirt and use the same T-shirt as your day shirt the next day.
Usually, a seperate bag of personal electronics can be brought aboard so keep laptops and cameras there.
Apr 16th, 2012, 11:53 PM
I find when I travel – I usually stick to a few favourites. Really go through your stuff and figure out what you need / don’t need.
I don’t know if you are a guy or girl but for myself:
Pack things that can be dressed up or down, cardigans, belt to dress a casual T up. I don’t personally own one, but I have heard good things about the hennka dress. Packs away and is light and you can wear it so many different ways. Again you can dress this up or down
Leggings are your best friend; they can be paired with almost anything
Tie running shoes to your carry on
When travelling on business, I take one suit and different dress shirts and maybe another skirt with me that matches with my blazer. Can switch things up to make it look like you are wearing something new every time!
Apr 17th, 2012, 12:52 AM
I went on month long trips with a carryon of clothes. I rotate and pack light. I bring max two pairs of shoes ie wear heaviest one and a light one usually sandles in the suitcase. Rest is like sleeping clothes, few t-shirts, shorts, 1 pants (that I wear), 1 lulu's, sweatshirt (that I wear), 1 dress for any formal/important event, 1 jacket (that I wear), rest is junk like facial cream/makeup etc. Very doable to pack light as you CAN do laundry there! Worse is you buy what you need if it's a emergency unless you go to a obsecure place! Trick is to roll up all your clothes and stack them. My checked is usually empty so I can buy stuff and bring stuff back. :cheesygri
Lately, I've been travelling with my favourite 26" hays spinner and not have a carry on. Lots of space to buy stuff and I love not having a carryon but my purse.
Apr 17th, 2012, 01:51 AM
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Apr 17th, 2012, 12:33 PM
The right suitcase can make all the difference. I just finished my packing for my Mexico trip this weekend, and I managed to stuff 9 days worth of stuff in it. I don't plan on re-wearing anything :lol:. I'm wearing my clunkiest shoes, and packing flip-flops and sandals. The key is coordinating your colours: black/grey/navy/white, and rolling really small. I prefer to check a larger suitcase, but it's not possible this trip due to a 48 minute layover on the return leg.. so had to condense and prioritize.