Skip The Line and Carry On

Raden Carry On by Lisa Linh Lisa Linh

It took me 6 months of traveling to figure out how to pack decently, and by decently I mean skipping the check-in line and bringing just a carry on every where I go. 

Let's face it, who enjoys paying the extra bag fee? Not me! I try to save as much as I can when I travel. I have to admit that traveling as an influencer is harder due to projects/shoots. We tend to overpack and bring more than necessary because we're trying to create content every where we go. Not to mention all our gear which includes our laptop, camera, charger/back-up battery, etc. In the last few months, I've gone through trial and error in getting everything to fit and I am finally able to say that I can travel for a full week with just a carry-on. Yes, it is possible and here's how!

For the last 5 days, I've been exploring Chicago with my closest friends. I've been having an amazing time and cannot wait to put together the recap for you guys. This is my first time in the Windy City and I wasn't exactly sure what to pack or expect in regards to weather. While I did look up the weather prior to packing, I have discovered that it does change on the daily here. So, always remember to pack a pair of jeans/pants, socks, shoes and a jacket.

For this trip, I packed:

  • 8 day looks
  • 1 night look
  • 4 pairs of socks
  • Intimates
  • Wool coat
  • 2 pairs of pajamas
  • 5 pairs of shoes
  • 2 make-up bags

I was able to fit all the above into my carry on and yes, it met weight regulations. The key is to pick a carry on that allows you to utilize the entire inside and has a great range of depth. My go-to lately is the A22 Carry by Raden; it's extremely spacious inside and has a flexible outer shell that actually retains its shape despite how much you stuff in it. It is also secure, has blue tooth capabilities, and has a sleek, chic look. 

Aside from the luggage choice, how you pack your items itself makes a huge difference. My 5 pairs of shoes included a pair of loafers, ballet flats, ankle booties, high heels, and mules. All are easy to pack since they don't take up too much space. They are all travel friendly, comfy and pair up with any outfit. 

Tip: Place heavier shoes on the bottom of the luggage and pile your clothes on top. Flats can be placed face down on top of the clothes and stuff socks/panties into your boots and loafers. 

I'm sure everyone has seen and heard articles about rolling up your clothes to save them from wrinkling and to save space. I roll up as much as I can, but for heavier items, I simply fold them and lay them across on the top. Always wear/carry your heavier jacket onto the plane - it gets cold and makes a great makeshift blanket. 

Tip: Layer up! Layering pieces when you travel allows you to pack lightweight pieces that won't take up too much room and also gives you more options to adjust to the weather.  

For beauty products, travel sizes are key. You can easily get travel sized bottles at Target and just fill them up with your daily necessities. You can also get sample sizes of your favorite items from Sephora ;)

Tip: Break down your large make-up bag into two smaller sizes so that they are easier to place into your luggage. Keep one bag for night time routine pieces such as shower gel, shampoo, toothpaste, etc., and another for core make-up items. If you happen to run out of space in your luggage, you can throw your core make-up pieces into your purse/personal bag and that way you can touch up once you land easily.

Tip: If you have one or two beauty items that don't meet the regulations (and aren't too big), try separating them and placing them randomly throughout your luggage to have it pass through security. It sometimes works, but not guaranteed as each airport is different.  

Lastly, always remember  - if you can sit on it and it closes, then you're good to go!