Because checking a bag is for suckers.

Wanderlust, the travel bug—whatever you want to call it, I’ve got it and it’s bad. From Boston to Washington D.C. to Nashville, I’ve been packing my bags, trudging my way to JFK and jet-setting off to new places with new people to meet, new foods to taste and new adventures to be had. Needless to say, it has been a dream come true.

However, the night before these weekend getaways you can find me huddled up on my couch in a huge ball of stress. Why, you ask? Packing. Time and time again packing gets the best of me. There is just so much to remember and so much to decide! Will I want to where this sweater or that sweater? Do these shoes match these pants? Did I pack everything I need?

After many (many) weekends away, I have mastered the art of the perfect carry-on suitcase. I am here to give you the perfect checklist to make sure you have everything you need for a perfect weekend getaway.


Clothing: What Do I Wear?

When it comes to clothing, layers are key. That way, no matter the weather, you come prepared for just about any activity. And as they say, “fail to plan, plan to fail” so always make sure to layout your outfits in advance before putting them in your suitcase (no one wants to be stuck wearing a groutfit all weekend).


The Clothing Checklist

  • 2 pairs of pants (or shorts depending on the destination)
  • 1 dress
  • 2 t-shirts
  • 2 sweaters
  • 1 scarf (can double as a neck pillow on the flight!)
  • 1 comfortable jacket (one that also holds up in case of rain!)
  • 4 sets of underwear
  • 4 pairs of socks
  • 1 comfortable set of shoes
  • 1 bathing suit (depending on the destination)


Toiletries: How to Get Your Bathroom in Your Bag

No one’s skincare routine is quite like the other, which is why toiletry checklists vary from person to person. However, there are a few universal items that everyone must remember. For airplane travel, make sure to pack all of your liquids and jells together in one quart-sized, clear bag – AND make sure they are all packed in airplane approved bottle sizes. 3.4 ounces or bust!

*Most hotels provide these items free of charge, so feel free to leave them at home!


In-Flight Essentials

Without the proper flight must-haves a three hour flight can feel like an eternity, so make sure you have all of the essentials to keep you relaxed at 35,000 feet.

*Although you can’t bring a full bottle of water through security (i.e. no liquids over 3.4 ounces), a flight attendant will be happy to fill an empty one up for you when you get on the plane. Hydration is key.

Adventure is out there, so go get those suitcases ready! What are your carry-on essentials?

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