How to pack carry on luggage like a pro

It's so easy to overpack when getting ready for a trip. When it comes to packing, a lot of us suddenly feel the need to add items that haven't been touched in 6 months 'just in case.' This always adds stress as your bag gets flagged at check-in for being overweight or you can't find what you need because you packed too much and then add lugging all that stuff around with you.. ughhh!

This may sound over the top but making a plan before you leave for your trip will definitely ensure you don't overpack. Prepare to have your mind blown as I show you the most effective way to plan and pack everything you need in carry-on luggage...

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1. Amanda Moore Top  / 2. North West Bodysuit / 3. Nice Bandcut Tee / 4. Warning Vintage Tee / 5. Chevy Denim Skirt / 6. High Snap Jeans / 7. Get A Grip Shorts / 8. Rockstar Jacket / 9. Kadja Bomber Jacket / 10. Lowell Dress / 11. Wynne Dress / 12. Malter Boot / 13. Cotu Classic 2750

Firstly, here are some points to consider:

  • What will the weather be like? This will affect which pieces you need.
  • Will the pieces you are choosing combine easily to create a multitude of different outfits? You don't want a skirt that will only go with one top because that limits your outfit choices and takes up valuable space.
  • Will the pieces you are choosing easily be dressed up or down for different occasions?

When it comes to planning how many pieces to pack, I like to stick with the 4,3,2 rule. 4 tops, 3 bottoms, 2 dresses, 2 jackets and 2 shoes. Of course this depends on the length of the trip but generally this is a good rule. 

TOPS - Make sure you pack more tops than bottoms. You can take your jeans from day to night by simply changing your top. Pack dressy tops for going out and casual tops for everyday wear.

BOTTOMS - Packing a mix of bottoms helps with dressing for any occasion. A good pair of jeans, a skirt and some shorts will see you through! All can be dressed up or down depending what you're doing. Make sure you pack neutral pieces that can be paired with anything!

JACKETS - Pack two types of jackets that can be worn day and night. Picking pieces that are different colours so you can mix up your look with just the change of a jacket is perfect.

DRESSES - It's a good idea to pack some easy to wear dresses that don't need much styling. These are your throw on pieces that make you look a million bucks without the effort. Make sure they go with your jackets and at least one pair of shoes.

SHOES - Limit yourself to only 2 pairs! One for day and one for night. Your day pair should be comfortable and easy wearing as these will be your adventure and walking shoes. The night shoes can be slightly less comfortable but will take your outfit up a notch. Packing boots is a great idea because they dress up any outfit and go with everything!

And my final tip....make sure every item goes with every other piece to create an outfit! You would be surprised how many combinations you can make with just 13 pieces. Check out my outfit combinations below...


And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how it's done...

But if all else fails, never forget you can make emergency purchases where ever you are going!



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