How To Pack a Carry-On for a Weekend Getaway

A weekend away is certainly something to look forward to, but the act of packing can sometimes overshadow the excitement of our upcoming adventures. After packing for 8 days in Hawaii in only a carry-on, anything less seems like a breeze, and today I’m sharing my top tips for effective packing.


Having a scheduled itinerary for each day of travel, and making a list of everything you’ll need will ensure that you’re prepared and don’t forget anything important. It will also help to avoid overpacking. I always use my Packing for Travel list and Outfit Planners when I’m preparing for a trip. You can find both of these free resources here!


Hands down, rolling my clothes makes a the biggest difference when traveling. It’s amazing how this simple little trick can allow you to create so much extra room.


If you’re traveling somewhere that requires weather boots or heavy outerwear, you can save room in your suitcase by wearing, instead of packing, them. When expecting rain during travel, I opt to wear my favorite Hunter boots and rain coat during the flight. It keeps me warm and also allows me to fit everything I need in my suitcase.


  • three dresses
  • four tops (1 short-sleeved, 2 long-sleeved)
  • 1 pair of jeans
  • pajamas
  • undergarments
  • two pairs of shoes (heels, sneakers)
  • toiletries
  • make-up bag and brushes
  • curling iron
  • brush
  • travel steamer
  • jewelry
  • mini handbag

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I'm Lauren, a wife, mom, and corporate manager turned entrepreneur. I'm obsessed with organization, love a great vintage mid-century find, and only cook no-fuss meals that take under 30 minutes. In a world of excess, I'm doing what I can to have less and enjoy the simple parts of life. If you're a modern woman who wants a simplified, yet beautiful, life, you have come to the right place. This blog is meant to inspire you, the modern woman, to have a "fewer, better" mentality, and to live with style in all areas of your life.

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  1. 8.5.17

    Love it! It definitely worked out, BUT we still don’t have enough space for our swag! 🙂

  2. 10.23.17
    Alyssa said:

    Great tips! Which carry on do you have in the video from away?

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