A few weeks ago, I took a trip to sunny North Carolina to spend a week at the beach. I packed for 8 days of travel in just a carry-on duffel bag, and in the video below, I’ll share what I packed and how I kept things under control. By sharing a video instead of pictures, you’ll be able to get a better idea of how everything fits in.
I’m a big proponent of traveling light. Besides some of the practical benefits like cost, there’s something liberating about not having literal baggage with you, and being able to stow everything you need in just a small bag. I feel I don’t worry and stress as much when I don’t have as much stuff with me.
Admittedly, this post is a bit awkwardly timed. My vacation was late in the beach season, plus it took me a couple of weeks to get the video and post together. Still, I hope this will be helpful if you’re planning a trip somewhere warm this winter (or anytime!).
Here are a few more details not in the video:
One of the most important things about packing light is making sure your pieces are as versatile as possible. You can’t see it in the video, but I made sure that all of my tops and bottoms coordinated well with one another. I could wear any combination I wanted, which gave me plenty of choices even with a limited number of items:
As you can see, I stuck pretty strictly to a consistent and cohesive color palette, which was exactly the goal.
Living in a small town out west, my travel days are crazy long to get back east. Door to door, I was in transit for about 13 or 14 hours each way, and one way is pretty much always a red-eye. So, I always try to be as comfortable (and warm!) as possible for those long, miserable days. In the past, I’ve usually ended up traveling in lululemon wunder unders and a scuba hoodie, but this time I ended up in Alala. Since you can’t see it very well in the video, here’s how my travel outfit came together:
As I mentioned in the video, the combo ended up being awesome both in looks and comfort. I even got a compliment from a TSA agent, of all people. I wore this on both travel days.
Overall, my packing list turned out to be pretty much perfect for my trip. I always felt like I had something to wear, and it was a totally manageable amount of stuff. I ended up with plenty of extra room that I never had to use.
If you like this post, you can subscribe to the AA YouTube channel for more videos, and you can check out my archived post about packing in a carry-on for winter traveling. Below I linked up my packing essentials, either the same things I took with me or something similar. Happy packing!
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