Travel Thursday: Clothing to Pack

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
-1 cardigan
-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? 

Until tomorrow,
The Historian!

6 thoughts on “Travel Thursday: Clothing to Pack

  1. hannahcole93 February 9, 2017 / 2:54 am

    For some reason whenever I roll clothes they always end up more bulky than how they were than when I just fold them. So rolling never works for me 😦


  2. anhistorianabouttown February 9, 2017 / 7:39 pm

    I have had to play around with how exactly to roll each item for the best use of space- a lot of trial and error there! My problem is my pants, they seem so much bulkier folded 😦 But if it works for you, rock it! Happy travels!


  3. FatCatAnna February 21, 2017 / 12:17 pm

    I’ve always travelled with a carry on … even for 3 weeks … I survive as a Fashionista (psst – wear your bulkiest clothing for the flight). I’m a diabetic (Type 1 – hooked up to an insulin pump / CGM … a device that reads my blood sugars every 5 minutes … yes … I am part Cyborg) … so that sort of decreases what I can pack … BUT … most airlines … if you’re a gimp like myself (going on a 3 week trip soon to be recognised for my many years as a diabetic in the UK … whoo! whoo!) … we are allowed to have a separate bag for all our medical goodies (psst – don’t tell CATSA that I might have throw a red lippy in there … I mean … it is sort of “medicinal” it boosts up your happy mode abit if you’re blood sugars are going wonky due to inhaling too many barley sandwiches … and yes … diabetics can drink and eat sugary food … have insulin … will travel!!! Alrighty, that’s my rant for the day!!!


  4. anhistorianabouttown February 21, 2017 / 1:49 pm

    I always wear my largest coat/sweaters on the plane, but I don’t wear my biggest shoes. I typically have my Hunter boots with my, and there’s no way I’m wearing those- with my arthritis in my feet, rainboots would cause a lot of pain on a plane 😦

    They SHOULD be giving you a bag for medical supplies!! (And slipping an item or two in there is totally fair…) I know several people with diabetes, maybe I am overly familiar with it, but I’m still surprised at the number of people who believe that diabetics can’t have any sugar. This should be taught in schools, not just first aid classes! And I always welcome a rant 😀


    • FatCatAnna February 23, 2017 / 10:01 am

      Hello Madam Historian 🙂

      So glad that you know that diabetics can eat sugar … in moderation. Though there are some die hard diabetics who poo poo anything with sugar (aka carbs) … but I’m what is called within the #DOC (diabetic online community) – a #diabadass 😉 I plan on living as long as I can, travel to as many places as I can, during my stay here on our big blue planet … with a bit of chocolate, a pint of Guinness (going to Cork in April) … so I can experience all the things I read about in books (glad to see you’re an avid reader as well).



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