10 Days In A Carry-On Suitcase

The first time I flew by myself, the airline lost my luggage. Since then I have made a point to carry my suitcase on the plane as much as possible. It is more efficient, protects my belongings, and saves money now that airlines are charging fees for checking your baggage.
But while I always use a carry-on for shorter trips, for longer trips I am still forced to check my bags. However, now that I’ve seen this slideshow on how to get 10 days worth of clothes into one carry-on bag, that may be changing.
According to The New York Times, travel expert Heather Poole can get 10 days worth of clothes into one small bag. This includes “three pairs of shorts, three pairs of dress pants, one skirt, three pairs of casual pants or jeans, three nightgowns, three bathing suits, one sarong, three lightweight sweaters, four dresses, 10 casual shirts, six dress shirts, a clutch, toiletries and two pairs of shoes.”
Her method is to roll the clothes, like so:
savvyhousekeeping how to pack get 10 days worth of clothes into a carry-on suitcase
Then she tightly layers the suitcase with the heavier clothes on the bottom, lighter clothes on top.
Everything fits in with no trouble. By contrast, here are the same items packed the usual way:
savvyhousekeeping how to pack get 10 days worth of clothes into a carry-on suitcase
I am going to have to try this out.

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6 thoughts on “10 Days In A Carry-On Suitcase”

  1. I’ve done this for a while now. It’s great! I went on a week cruise to Alaska, plus a day trip to Seattle. While everybody went with a large check in bag, my husband and I both went in with a carry-on each. This included multiple long sleeves, puffy vests, ski jackets, jeans, boots. I refused to pay for the $25 check in charge!!

  2. I’ve been packing like that for a while now and the only time it didn’t work was at Christmas … because I had presents. With clothes and shoes, it always works!

  3. Rob–that’s true. It makes it harder for them to search through our personal items, which can slow down the whole security process.

  4. I’ve been doing this for years. My mother taught me this, she was excellent at packing things. It’s the only trait I inherited from her! lol It keeps things from getting overly wrinkly. Something they don’t mention is packing your socks, etc. inside your shoes or any little corner of your suitcase. Don’t waste any space in there! Most of us tend to pack upward, more so than out and around. I also reuse the same large Ziploc bags every time I travel. I put my toiletries in there in case of leakage.


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