Because I work corporate, I have to use my paid time off wisely. I normally do weekend trips, leaving on a Friday and be back to work on or before Monday. I’m a notorious overpacker, which means even for three days I’m lugging along a suitcase and a duffel bag. I tell myself I need options, when in reality I’m well aware it’s flat out unrealistic for me to be able to have a chance to wear everything I’ve packed. I just recently got the hang of being able to fit all I need into a carry-on and there’s no going back for me.
I’ve simplified my checklist for weekend trips. Here’s what it consists of –
Transitional denim (2 pair)
I typically take a pair of denim and a solid pair of pants like black or white jeans. I might even switch one out for a leather pair. They can be worn with flats in the daytime, paired with a bodysuit and heels to go out at night, or worn on the flight back home.
T-Shirts and Blouses (4)
Two of each. Two basic or graphic t-shirts that can be worn with jeans, tights, or under a jacket. And two dressier blouses (solid, colorful, or patterned) that can be worn in the day or evening.
A dress or romper (1)
Typically for nights when you plan to go to dinner and out for the evening. Throw a jacket or blazer on over either to dress it up.
Pair of Sneakers (1)
If you’re going to a large city where you’ll be doing a lot of walking, sandals just won’t cut it. There’s nothing worse than testing a pair of sandals that are blistering your feet when you’ve still got five miles until you’re back at the hotel. I like something versatile like a pair of Air Max’s, Free Runs or Stan Smith’s. They look good with tights, shorts, and casual dresses.
Go-to Heels (1)
These heels don’t hurt. They can be worn in the daytime and at night. You’ve already broken them in and aren’t experimenting with a new pair of five inch heels in a new city. These heels are usually black or nude.
Pair of flats (1)
Colorful and comfortable. Sandals, loafers, ballerina flats. I normally do a cheetah print or neon color flat to dress up a plain outfit, should I need to.
Whether it’s a classic blazer, a leather or denim jacket, or a trench, I always wear a jacket on the plane. It takes up too much space to be put into my suitcase but it’s an essential piece that comes in handy should I need it to pair with an outfit at night when the temperature drops.. Like that dress or romper I told you to pack up above.
Lightweight bag or purse (1)
I prefer this bag to have no handles, so your hands are free when you’re moving around. I prefer a spacious cross-body or leather backpack. Large enough to carry a wallet, portable charger, and the make-up I need to touch up before photos. Just being honest!
Has anyone else mastered a single carry-on? Leave your tips below!