I Did It Again – 1 Week In A Carry-On Bag

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What! You only take a carry-on bag when you travel? How do you travel with just a carry-on bag?

I have been asked these questions over and over again, and have traveled with only a carry-on for many of my trips so I can experience the joy of walking off a plane, bypass luggage claim, and get my vacation or work started immediately.

My client, entrepreneurial women’s coach, Jane Pollak asked me to create outfits for her three-month long Semester At Sea cruise, and blogged about why she asked me to pack her bags and send her on her way with only a duffel bag.

Here is how to pack a carry-on bag for your travels.

Take a look at this post I wrote awhile back, that includes a video showing exactly how I fold my clothes, so I can get more into the suitcase then with typical packing. Hey, I want room for what I buy to bring home from my travels.

I used this method for my daughter who unsuccessfully tried using the rolling technique, to get all of this….

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into this carry-on bag.

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how to pack a carry-on bag

For my 10 day trip to Sacramento Ca., I took the following:

two dresses
white jeans
Blue denim Bermuda shorts
white shorts
orange/white top
blue/white top
2 blue tops
multi-color top
T-Shirt for hanging out
1 blue and white infinity scarf that can be worn as a shawl or draped scarf
1 pair sneakers for the gym
blue and white sandals
orange sandals
flip-flops for pool and to be my slippers
I also brought along one bathing suit, 2 exercise tops, pair of socks and one capri legging as well as PJ’s, toiletries and lingerie.

I wore the long dress, blue and white sandals along with the scarf for the plane rides.

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“Scarlett entered my life at just the right time. I’ve always said, “In my next life, I want someone to pack for me when I go on a trip.” Scarlett came to my apartment and not only weeded out my closet of clothes that should have been donated years ago, she also pulled together outfits – not too many and not too few — for an upcoming conference. Most of all, we laughed and had a lot of fun in the process. She has the “eye” and the talent. I can’t thank her enough.”—Holly Cohen N.Y.C

About Scarlett

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Scarlett De Bease, a professionally trained Image Consultant and Wardrobe Stylist, is the founder of “The Always Know What To Wear Program™“. As an Image Consultant, Entertaining Speaker & Savvy Personal Shopper, she shows women how to project confidence & success by always knowing what to wear. As a bonus, Scarlett’s tips will help you Look Younger, Thinner and Taller while projecting Confidence & Success as you now will be wearing the clothes that fit and flatter you the most. Since 2006, she has successfully changed the lives of many women, by showing them the correct clothes, colors, styles and accessories that will flatter them the most. If you keep buying clothes and still have nothing to wear, Scarlett will make it possible for you to always know what to wear. Scarlett specializes in make-overs, that are fun and informative. She brings The What Not To Wear experience directly to your home or office, but without the tears, fears and trash can. Scarlett shows women how to Stop Stressing About Dressing. Scarlett’s tips have nothing to do with size, age, income level, career, etc – It’s not about where you shop, it’s about what you buy.

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8 thoughts on “I Did It Again – 1 Week In A Carry-On Bag

  1. Jane Pollak

    You taught me well, Scarlett! When people ask me if what I would have done differently, what I forgot to pack or wish I’d left home, the answer is: NOTHING. I was exquisitely satisfied with my onboard wardrobe and even had room on the return for souvenirs. Thank you AGAIN.

    1. Scarlett

      So good to hear this and I love the pieces you brought back home with you. More for me to work with to create the perfect ‘Jane’ outfits.

  2. Nancy Moon

    You both are such experts. Watched the video. Rolling did not work for your daughter? Oh gosh that is what I do. Going to Africa for two weeks, can only take 33 pounds and 15 of that is camera equipment. Wish me luck. Will read more from Scarlett!

    1. Scarlett

      Oh Nancy, how I would love to show you how to get the most of your remaining 18 pounds. Have a great trip and can’t wait to see your photos on FaceBook.

  3. b+ (Retire in Style Blog)

    What do you do if you spill something on your white jeans. Hard as I try I am a messy eater!

    1. Scarlett

      I use hotel shampoo and spot clean in the bathroom sink. For this trip, I was staying in a home, so I could have used the washer if I needed it, but I stayed cleaned!

      1. b+ (Retire in Style Blog)

        Thanks. I will give it a try. We are traveling to Mexico next week and will be gone for 11 days. I am not sure if I will have access to washing facilities. When I am out of the country I usually use a local cleaners, the hotel or even someone down the road that will wash for payment. It is always a concern unless I take enough clothing.


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