Google. The. Weather. Patterns. Do it! Right now! Well, not right now. Read this post first.
So, by researching the Weather Patterns for your selected area you can start making adjustments to your wardrobe in advance. I knew in February that going to Italy in November would mean weather in the 50s and 60s (Fahrenheit, of course) so since I live in Florida...that means I had to plan ahead. I started picking up cute clothes that I stumbled upon here and there. Primarily from the clearance rack, I’ll be honest. Unless you’re buying hot pink jeggings, chances are that it’ll still be in style next winter. Don’t be afraid of the sales aisle.
Once it actually got close to vacay time, I just checked weather.comand it was exactly as predicted. So the risk I took in collecting lots of long sleeves and cardigans over the year was absolutely worth it. We were gone for eight days and I only took onecarry-on. Let me say that again. Eight days...one carry-on.
|Also, carry-on luggage makes for a great footrest during layovers.|
So what did I pack? I packed a pair of skinny jeans, white jeans, thick burgandy leggings, thick black leggings, several long sleeve tops, a sweater dress (also long sleeved), two different cardigans, four pairs of shoes (converse, flats, ankle booties, and knee high boots), make-up, hair products, toiletries, and my straightener. Right now you’re probably thinking “woah. Eight days and only four pairs of pants”. And yes. Take advantage of the free laundry services offered by your hotel! And if they’re not free – it’ll still be worth the time, effort, and overall hassle that checking a bag adds. Potentially cheaper, too. I loved not worrying about what I was going to wear each day. My outfits were planned in advance and it took 90% of the guess work out of getting ready each day. Now, I don’t wear a lot of makeup or fuss with my hair too much...but I change clothes about 100 times before I leave the house each day. My husband greatly appreciated not waiting for me to do that each day!
But still, that seems like quite a bit to fit into a carry-on, right? How did I do it? Fold each item in half and then roll tightly before slipping into your carry-on. I followed this tutorialthat I found on YouTube. Also wear your large items on the plane! Yes I had to remove my boots when I went through each security check but they’re a simple zip side style so it was very quick to remove them and slip them back on. I brought my day-to-day Purse with a smaller cross-body purse inside acting as my wallet that way I could pack extra things for the plane ride – i.e. neck pillow, Kindle, phone, charging cord, several pocket chargers, and still have my identification easy to access.
So just slip that carry-on in the overhead storage and slide your purse under the seat in front of you. Then sit back, relax, and enjoy your trip!