I won’t regale you with my travel horror stories but if I have learned nothing else during my travels, it’s that you have to be prepared. Today’s post will show you how to pack a minimal amount of clothing in your carry on and still survive for three to four days if your luggage doesn’t make it with you. Sure, in a dream world everything gets everywhere on time, but in case it doesn’t, this will help guarantee that your trip won’t be ruined (and your wallet won’t be emptied) because your clothing is stuck elsewhere!
If you don’t use packing cubes, I would highly recommend them! It is much easier to keep track of all of your clothing when you know exactly where it is in your suitcase. Also, if you are like me and do mini trips within your trip where you might not be bringing all of your luggage with you, it is handy to have clothing separated before the trip starts- the less time you have to spend digging through your luggage, the better! I would recommend the Lug Packing Cubes (found on Amazon here)- they don’t have any plastic-y smell, the mesh allows for flexibility, and they are so durable! I use the smallest cube (the green one) for my carry on clothing, it’s roughly 9.5 x 7 x 4 inches! It fits nicely into the bottom of a tote, into a backpack, or in a larger purse. (Realistically, if you want to be prepared in case of accidents, you will need to bring a bag of some sort. Just don’t cross over into bringing your entire life on the plane.)
In total, you will need:
-2 pairs of pants
-2 long sleeve shirts
-1 short sleeve shirt
-4 pairs of underwear
-4 pairs of socks
This will include what you wear on the plane, so your packing cube should only have 1 pair of pants, 1 long sleeve shirt, 1 short sleeve shirt, 3 pairs of underwear, 3 pairs of socks! I would recommend neutrals for the pants, and at least one neutral top. It will be a full cube but manageable. The underwear and the socks might seem excessive, but those are particularly expensive items to rebuy if you don’t actually need new underwear and socks. You will never regret having an extra pair of socks and underwear.
Now, roll those clothes! This is no time for folding. I would recommend using the pants and shirts to create a barrier around the edge, the socks and underwear fit in the middle nicely. You should also be able to put your deodorant (solid stick) and some face wipes in the middle. If you stick with solid colours that all match, you should be able to get three to four days of wear out of this combo. You may need to wash a shirt in a sink, but if you’ve lost your luggage, that’s really the least of your problems.
This might not lead to the most exciting wardrobe that you’ve ever had on a trip but you will save yourself money and time until your luggage does arrive. This system has now saved me three times, and I promise that you won’t regret it! You may as well learn from my trials and troubles 🙂
What is your worst clothing related travel story?