How to Pack for a Carry-On Vacation

Photo by: Photographed by Mindy Best
Tip 1: Don't Pack Outfits. Pack A Theme
People often start overpacking when they start thinking in outfits instead of pieces (in reality, your favorite outfits ... more 
Photo by: Photographed by Mindy Best
Tip 1: Don't Pack Outfits. Pack A Theme
People often start overpacking when they start thinking in outfits instead of pieces (in reality, your favorite outfits will usually form Venn diagrams with one another). Find the pieces you wear the most often, and then fill in the holes with versatile separates that'll do double duty. We like: cropped trousers, A-line dresses, button-up shirts, and textured skirts. As far as ratio, we like to think of a top a day (plus an extra one for good measure) and half that number for bottoms. Never pack something that you haven't worn in a while - chances are, you won't want to wear it on the trip, either. less 
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Tue, May 14, 2013 5:46 PM EDT
By Connie Wang, Refinery29



It starts innocently enough: You feel like you need more clothes - oh, and accessories, books, gadgets, and doodads - than you expected for your trip. Next thing you know, you're dusting off that jumbo suitcase from underneath your bed for your weekend trip, checking your 50-pound suitcase at the airport, losing your luggage, and having to do the weekend with one outfit.



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If it's happened to you once, it's probably enough to scare you into the carry-on club for the rest of your air-travel life - no matter if you're going on a weekend getaway or a multi-week extravaganza. And you're not alone. We've been there...several times and, as a result, have become pro-packers. Ahead, we reveal our space-saving tips for doing it carry-on style, every time.



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