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Minimalist Packing Checklist: How to Pack in a Carry-On

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Whether I’m traveling for two days or two weeks, my philosophy is this: carry-on or bust.

Packing everything in a single carry-on means less to pack and organize, less decision fatigue getting dressed, and less to haul around on your trip or vacation. I’m leaving soon for a two-week trip to Europe and I managed to pack everything I need in a compact carry-on suitcase. Victory!

I’m sharing a complete breakdown of exactly what I packed, and you can CLICK HERE for a printable version you can to lighten your load on your next trip. Remember to check weather and trip itinerary so you can customize.

Minimalist Packing Checklist

In My Suitcase

Maxi Dresses (2x)
Lightweight Blouses (5x)
Lightweight T-Shirts (5x)
Jeans / Pants (2x)
Chambray Shirt
Socks (10x)
Underwear (10x)
Bras (3x)
Lightweight PJs (2x)
Mini Umbrella
Lightweight Scarf
Hip Belt Bag
Warm Beanie
Bootie w/ Low Heel
Stylish Sneaker
Stocked Toiletry Bag
Laundry Bag

In My Handbag

Passport
Wallet
Masks
Hand Sanitizer
Lip Balm
Hand Cream
Sunglasses
Antibacterial Wipes
Headphones
No Jet Lag Remedy
Vitamins + Medications
Gum
Stain Remover Stick
Phone
Laptop Computer
International Converters + Adapters
Charging Cords + Portable Charger
Book / Magazines
Snacks

Outfit for the Plane

Sweatshirt
Leggings
Jean Jacket
Sneakers

Optional Additions

Travel Steamer
Earplugs / Eye Mask
Lint Roller
Detergent
Jewelry Pouches
Lightweight Duffle (for bringing home treats / souvenirs)
Hat / Visor
Swimsuit
Umbrella

Safe travels!

P.S. Don’t forget to prep prior to your departure. This can include having the post office hold your mail, setting up an email autoresponder, arranging for pet or childcare, prepaying bills, cleaning out the refrigerator, and leaving a house key and copies of your travel documents with a trusted friend or family member.

Want more where this came from? Click here for my top minimalist packing tips.

Photography Credit: Vivian Johnson

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