The goal is to fit everything into a carry-on. This way you avoid extra fees at the airport and eliminate the possibility of luggage getting lost.

Let’s start with what we put in the small bag:


This is where we put our most important things – so that even if we have to gate check the larger bag, my essentials are with us.

First, we pack my purse with our wallet, passport, phone, planner, lip balm, power converters, phone chargers, a portable phone charger, headphones, and my liquids.


Then the purse goes into the duffle, along with my camera, laptop, and iPad. We also pack a hat, scarf, and mittens here. The blanket scarf keeps me warm during the flight, and the hat and mittens are ready for me when we arrive at our destination.

What to Pack


The suitcase is where we pack all our clothing. Some people pack in color schemes, but the best packing philosophy is based on two outfit types: jeans + a top, or dresses. You can wear any sweater or shirt with jeans, and dresses are an entire outfit! We like to pack a handful of tees with blazers and cardigans for layering, plus some sweaters. Our favorite dress is a black dress from Anthropologie that doesn’t wrinkle and I bring it everywhere. It can be dressed up or down, and you can layer a blazer over it for extra warmth.


Shoes take up lots of space, so we try to only bring 2-3 pairs of shoes on a trip. We want to bring shoes that are extremely comfortable since we tend to find myself walking everywhere when traveling. Plus we want to bring shoes that can be worn with jeans or a dress. Versatility is key. Fill the shoes with your socks so you aren’t wasting any space.

Packing Tips for Carry Ons


Everything fit into our suitcase with plenty of room to spare, and we are ready to get the best secret hotel deals with Travelusive!

Happy travels everyone!