After asking on my Facebook page it appears most people are over packers when it comes to preparing for an upcoming trip. I always thought I was an over packer until I was continuously running out of clothes on my last few trips. Never writing a list of what I needed would lead to me throwing all my favourite items in a suitcase without thinking about how many of each I would need. I have learned from my past mistakes which has lead me to write this blog post on how to properly pack a carry on suitcase.
I am headed to Nanaimo to visit a friend for 4 days which means I have to be smart in utilizing the space in my carry on suitcase. The plan is to do some serious retail therapy on this trip which also means I need extra space for new purchases. I chose to go with all neutral colours with the exception of one bright top that would go with any of the pants I packed. Packing a carry on doesn’t have to be scary once you see how much you can actually fit in one! I could easily pack for a weeks vacation after seeing how easy it was to pack for 4 days!
I packed 5 shirts, 4 I can wear everyday and 1 workout top incase we do any physical activities. All but 1 are neutral so I can easily pair with anything. I packed 4 pairs of pants, 3 jeans and 1 pair of yoga pants. This all fit in one half of my carry on!
Ever wonder what to use the middle divider with the zippered pouches for? I put my underwear in one, my socks in the other. My straightener fits perfectly in the smaller zippered pouch. In the larger one I put my makeup bag. This is a small makeup bag but I am only packing mini size products in it. Make sure that all your liquid products are 100 ml or less!
In the other half of my suitcase you can see I only have my pajamas in it. Leaving enough space for at least 4-5 new shirts and 2-3 pairs of pants! I could also throw some runners or some flats in for more shoe options!
Wear something comfy and not bulky because you will have to fit it in your carry on when you return home. Wear a jacket that you can wear the whole trip so you don’t have to pack extra items. If you can get away with only bringing one pair of shoes do it! If not wear the heavier shoes on the plane. The weight limit of a carry on with Air Canada is 22 lbs. Remember to measure your carry on bag to ensure it is within the airlines restrictions on size!
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