Post # 1
Has anyone packed a carry on suitcase instead of checking baggage for their honeymoon? We are planning on going to an all-inclusive for a week in Mexico. I would love to hear some tips for fitting everything into a carry on!
Post # 3
I pinned this recently. I haven’t tried it, but she demonstrates how she fits eight days into a carry on.
Good luck! I’m so not a light packer and not sure if I could pull this off. 🙂
Post # 4
@Gemstone: That’s a great link! I wonder if she has one for winter, I will need that soon!
Post # 6
@Gemstone Yup, thats how its done! And in Mexico, you won’t need a whole lot of outfits.
Post # 7
@ApocalypseCow: Wow, have you done it?! Impressed!
Post # 8
pack light and do laundry while you’re there. We traveled through Southeast Asia for two and a half weeks and we each just had a carry-on (in face mine was a small backpackers’ backpack). We each brough 2 pairs of light travel pants, about 3-4 short-sleeved shirts, 1 long-sleeved, 1 rain jacket, 2 pairs of shoes, a swimsuit, one nicer outfit for fancier dinners, and a few pairs of underwear and toiletries. We also brought along some guide books, a small camera, and thank-you cards to work on from the wedding. It all easily fit in our bags and we had room for souvenirs. Every few days we just sent our laundry out and had it the next day, for about $1/kilo. We never really had a feeling of “oh I wish I would have brought more.” If I were going to a resort I’d probably have packed even less. I mean, how much do you really need to bring if you’re not changing climates, especially when it’s hot and you’ll be wearing light clothes? And when you’re only going to be gone for a week it seems like it would be even easier, even if you never do laundry.
Post # 9
I did a carry-on only for a week long trip in Hawaii. I didn’t need that much clothes-wise (I wore my swimsuit most of the day!) but it did come back pretty full on the return trip with some food items and other things I bought. So it depends on how much you plan on bringing back home. I did have to buy a big thing of sunscreen down there though.
You can do a load of laundry if you really need to as well.
Post # 10
If we are going for one week or less, I always just take carry on.
My secret is to stick with one color combination- usually black and white and take things that can do double duty. A long black knit skirt is a bathing suit coverup and a skirt that can be worn day or night. Flipflops for slippers and pool.
You don’t have to take a million outfits. You will never see these people again, so who cares if they see you in the same outfit more than once?
Post # 11
I travel for work regularly so I only do carry ons. I am quite a pro at this. DH and I went on 2 european trips this year and the only reason we had to check a bag was because we bought wine to bring home. There is a sciece to folding clothes. Do not roll items as its easier to wrinkle them. Since your going tropical I cant imagine your clothes will be very heavy. I also only allow myself 1 pair of shoes for every 3 days I am gone (big deal to me). Other than that, its just about packing smart. If your going to be gone 6 days dont pack 6 bathing suits. If you estimate a day for travel each way you won’t need more than 4.
Post # 12
@Gemstone Yes I have. The first time it may be a little awkward, but it works wonders! I have not had to check any baggage for 5 years and I am not one of those “carry on passangers” that have a suitcase that CLEARLY needs to be checked (that drives me NUTS). The biggest tip is to plan your outfits, try to figure out how to wear it more than once (Febreze), and getting your liquids in that stupid little bag. Makes going through security and unpacking when you arrive, a breeze.
Post # 13
That is a great link!
We also use these ebags for compartmentalizing and roll our clothes (I dunno how but they fit so much better!):
I don’t have time to look but I know it is on you tube as well.
Post # 14
ive gone on vacation with just a carryon. you can fit a lot but you have to be mindful of the weight restrictions as well, so rather than a suitcase style one i used a very light material/ gym bag.
my heels i wore and put flipflops into the bag during the registration as they’re heavy.
sunscreen you can buy there, as they don’t let lotions/gels/liquids over 3oz into the cabin.
pants/jeans i wore
a couple of bikinis, one cover up, a couple of light dresses for the evening.
Post # 15
Not to toot my own horn here, but I can pretty much carry on for most vacations. We just did a three week honeymoon in Kenya and Malawi and we couldhave carried everything on. It can be done. For us, the safari camps did laundry. But if you’re only going for a week and it’s to a warm location, you can definitely carry on.
First: You get a carry on and a “personal” item – make this a large purse or backpack for both of you and you’ve got quite a bit of extra space.
Second: Pick outfits that you can wear different ways. A black cotton dress can be a loungy day-wear or slap on some jewelry and you’ve got an evening dress. Also, pick outfits that compress. For instance, jeans are actually a lot of volume – only take 1 pair. But tank tops don’t take up nearly as much space, so you can take a few for variety.
Third: Realize that you can wear things multiple times. If you only wear a dress or outfit for a couple hours in the evening – you can wear it a couple time. Or if there are cool evenings, you can wear the same jacket/fleece/etc. This is especially important in places where you spend a significant amount of time in a bathing suit. And this is really important for shoes. I travel with 1 pair of comfy tennis shoes and a pair of nice sandals. Wear the tennis shoes on the plane so they don’t take up space in your bag.
Fourth: Don’t take soap, shampoo, hair dryer, towels – if you’re not staying at a hostel or really really cheap hotel, then your hotels should have this stuff. Find travel sizes of other bathroom essentials.
Fifth: For me, buying a Kindle was a huge space saver on trips.
Post # 16
you definitely can. we did 2 weeks in italy and took one large suitcase and a carry on for both of us. get some packing cubes. they’re pretty helpful in organizing things. if you’re going to mexico, you’re probably going to be in a bathing suit during the day most of the day and just need a few dresses for dinners and maybe a few outfits for excursions if youre going on any.
Post # 17
Oh hell no lol.
While I have gotten better at packing light, I could never just go with a carry-on. For one thing, I don’t own < 100 ml bottles of ALL my products. It would be a pain to buy everything in mini form.
I would suggest taking a couple of bikinis, a sweater or wrap for colder evenings (wear on plane), a pair of flip flops, a nicer pair of evening shoes, a pair of pants (wear on plane), a skirt that goes with everything, a dress or two, shorts, a couple of tops, and underwear. I am not sure you can fit all that in a carry-on though and this would be my MINIMUM.