Early in the week, I shared my essentials for packing for two weeks in Europe. Today, I’m sharing how I was able to fit all of these essentials into one carry-on suitcase, plus a “personal item” bag.
First things first, I lay out my suitcase and pack the heaviest things on the bottom. I lay my shoes flat and store my running socks in my running shoes to save space. My jeans and dresses got rolled up and packed on the other half of the suitcase.
For me, thinking of my suitcase in sections helps me keep the space organized. On the shoe half, I rolled up my shirts and workout bottoms and packed them in a neat row. On the half with my jeans, I laid out my cardigans flat because these were too bulky to roll.
My smaller clothes items went into the mesh pocket on the top of my suitcase- swimsuit, workout tops, nightgowns and undergarments. These do not take up a lot of space so it’s easy to close the suitcase even when they are packed in the lid. Plus, the mesh compartment is a good place to keep dirties once they have been worn. (If I’m staying in a place more than a night, I usually unpack, leaving my suitcase empty)
For this trip, my suitcase easily closed leaving a bit of extra room for souvenirs (and WINE). I also have an expander, which I can use in the event of a shopping emergency.
My carry-on essentials went into my “personal item” bag, which gives me lots of leeway for packing more. This is my trusty Lululemon gym bag, which has a lot of small pockets to keep things organized so those came in handy. In the bag went my laptop, one of my cardigans, a neck pillow, sleep mask, book and all the items I needed to have easy access to at customs. These items are my wallet, passport, liquids and medications. These were all stored in the front pocket, so I can avoid holding up the line and my fellow travelers.