This post from 2016 is one of my most re-pinned images on Pinterest. It continues to generate interest and comments – including so many doubters in disbelief the above pieces actually fit in a carry-on! The pictured items are exactly what I packed in a carry-on for a week long trip to Amsterdam. Long time readers know that even though I’m an efficient packer, my method would be useless without the use of a generous tote. It’s the key piece that makes this system feasible. I’ve used this simple, nondescript Baseline model from Briggs & Riley for years. It’s super spacious and securely slides on to the handles of my suitcase.
The original post is here and I still follow many of the same principles. I lay everything out I’m considering then heavily edit. Thin cashmere knits make the cut over any bulky sweaters. Scarves and patterned shirts in an assortment of colors keep daily looks fresh. Layering additional compact down pieces for extra warmth takes care of any issues with cold weather. Multiple walking shoes to rotate are essential too. If I’m in and out of multiple hotels, I’ll use packing cubes to stay organized.
Keep in mind that the heaviest jacket, bulkiest boots, a pair of jeans and one sweater are being worn on the plane. Everything else quite easily fits in the carry-on. All toiletries, a slim handbag, an oversized scarf, and hat are stored in the tote. I’m so accustomed to traveling carry-on that packing anything larger for less than a week seems unnecessary.
Many of the above pieces are no longer in stock but the general theme of what I’d pack today are the same. New links to the key categories are below.
Read my other posts on packing here.
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