How To Pack a Carry-On For a Week + The Ultimate Packing List

It’s summer, which means it is TRAVELING SEASON!! YAY! I am actually about to head out to California for a week with the family tomorrow and we’re packing carry-on style. Let’s be real… packing carry-on can be super difficult and kinda stressful. Today I’m going to give you some tips to packing a carry-on and a packing list to cover all your travel needs. LET’S GET STARTED!!!

Carry-On Packing Tips:

  • Pack army style (rolled up packing).
  • Pack solid colored clothing, because you can mix and match your clothing. More outfits with less clothing.
  • Pack only what you need.
  • Make sure to follow TSA rules about toiletries.
  • Wear the heavy clothing & shoes.
  • Pack items inside your shoes to save space.
  • ALWAYS PACK TOILETRIES IN PLASTIC BAGS. Even though the cabin is pressurized, it doesn’t mean that your toiletries aren’t going to explode or leak.
  • Bring a backpack for extra things (ex: electronics, extra pair of clothes, etc.)
  • Pack travel sized EVERYTHING. It will save you soooo much space.
  • Play Tetris with your packing. Make it a game and find the best ways to pack your stuff.
  • NEVER keep your travel necessities (boarding passes, hotel information, passport, wallet, etc. in your carry-on).

The Ultimate Packing List:

  • T-Shirts, Tanks, & Long Sleeves (depending on location / weather)
  • Jeans, Yoga Pants, & Shorts
  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Bras
  • Sandals & Tennis Shoes
  • Sweatshirt, Sweater, or Pullover (depending on location / weather)
  • Dress / Skirts (nice outfit)
  • PJs
  • Shampoo, Conditioner, & Body Wash
  • Razor & Shaving Stuff
  • Makeup
  • Makeup Wipes
  • Setting Spray
  • Moisturizer & Extra Skin Care Needs
  • Chapstick
  • Sun Screen
  • Toothbrush & Toothpaste
  • Dry Shampoo
  • Hair Spray
  • Hair Brush
  • Hair Bands, Bobby Pins, & Hair Clips
  • Shower Cap (Yes, I totally use one ha!)
  • Meds (Prescriptions & Basic Pain / Allergy ones)
  • Q-Tips & Cotton Balls
  • Wallet, Passport, License, Debit Card, Cash, Travel Itinerary, & Medical Insurance Cards
  • Phone & Phone Charger / Laptop & Laptop Charger
  • Gum
  • Sunglasses & Hat
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Book, Journal, Headphones, Pen / Pencils, or Something to do on the Plane.
  • Deodorant
  • Body Spray / Cologne / Perfume
  • Reusable Water Bottle
  • Snacks
  • Hair Products

Let’s get travelling!! Safe travels!!

xx Maddie

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