Packing Carry-on Luggage
Well, for my very first blog post I thought that I would start out with what has been occupying my thoughts for several months now…summer vacation. Well actually, packing and planning for our trip to Kauai! I still can’t believe we are really going! My husband and I are both teachers so there had to be some supernatural budgeting.
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Bound for Kauai
Our trip will last 12 glorious nights, but first we will have a very long 14 hour trip from our airport to Lihue, Kauai. I never thought that I would even attempt to only pack a carry on and a personal item for such a long trip, but after doing a lot of research (Thanks TripAdvisor), I learned that you actually don’t NEED too many outfits for a Hawaiian vacation. The picture below may seem hypocritical of that statement. ha!
Hawaii has sunscreen, bug spray, and other large liquid items for the same price as my local Walmart so there is no need for packing those. My carry-on duffel bag is a little smaller than the standard carry-on size which is good news for you! You can fit even more than I did. 🙂 My personal item is a small Ozark Trail backpack from Walmart. (see the link below to buy it) Read my full review of this awesome backpack here!
How did I find out about this technique?
I learned about the “layering” technique from Jillee over at One Good Thing blog. Since I came across her blog, I have tried rolling clothes, using pillowcases to organize and separate, and packing devices. Layering fits the most clothes without a doubt! I attempted to use this packing technique for our trip to Cancun last summer, but the inability to purchase a bottle of sunscreen for less than $25 a bottle at our AI (All Inclusive) resort made it impossible not to check a bag.
I will go into more detail about what I will actually be taking with me on our trip to Kauai in another post. This post will focus on HOW I will fit it into a carry-on bag and one personal item (the backpack).
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Whew! If you made it through all that then you should feel like anything is possible. Especially if you knew how much I used to pack for family vacations and church camps. 🙂
What about my liquids?
All of my liquids (mascara, conditioner, toothpaste, etc.) will fit inside one quart sized plastic bag and will be inside my cosmetics bag as well (which will be inside my backpack). We will buy plenty of sunblock, aloe vera gel, and insect repellent when we get there. They have CVS Pharmacies just like we do! 🙂
Now get to packing!
Well, there you have it. All of my clothes, shoes, accessories, and cosmetics packed neatly inside a carry-on and a small backpack. (the backpack will fit underneath the seat in front of me on the plane).
This trip will be care free, and I won’t have to worry about losing my luggage or paying that stinky checked bag fee!
Here is my carry-on checklist that you can print for FREE!
What do you think? Will you attempt the carry-on only vacation style? Let me know in the comments below! 🙂 Don’t forget to subscribe to my blog to receive updates, exclusives, and more!