Wanderlust #2: Just A Carry On? + Tips


Guess who packed their carry on one month before she has to leave? This mermaid! I cannot believe that I was able to fit all of my clothes into the carry on that I am taking with me to both Italy and London. I had to be quite picky about what I was taking and not too much. Now, this just includes the clothing and not toiletries and all of that. Now, you can see above that my carry-on is made by Swiss Gear. I am not sponsored by them but I have had a book bag by them for the past 4+ years and it is still in great shape.

The Arbon is a 360 degree spinner. I wanted a 360 degree spinner because I knew that I would need to carry a larger suitcase for my costume supplies. So, travelling solo made it important for me to have at least one of them be a spinner. I purchased this spinner for $49.99 at Ross. I didn’t want to spend more than $50.00 because I knew that a lot of the more expensive carry-on suitcases were overpriced or the “newest” thing.


Cocoly Packing Cubes

Packing cubes have been around for a while now and they have grown, for me, due to the YouTube community. I wanted to be as organized as possible so I purchased some. I love the idea of buying Eagle Creek packing items but they are so expensive. I think that if I were to travel a lot that it would make sense but since I don’t know how often I will in the future, it would make sense to be economic. The link above takes you to the packing cubes I purchased on Amazon. This packing cube set comes with three packing cubes and three pouches for laundry or extra storage.

I decided also to download an app to help me out with what I should take and the decisions that it created for me. I will create a post about that soon!

What went in the packing cubes?


Smallest Packing Cube:
Underwear – 17
Bras – 2
Swim Tops – 2


Medium Packing Cube:
Camis – 3 nude and 2 black
Scarves – 2
Tops – 9 (one short sleeve)


Large Packing Cube:
Rompers – 5
Leggings – 2
Shorts – 2
Jeans – 1
Black Cardigan – 1
Sarong – 1
Dresses – 2


Sleeping Clothes – 2 tops, 2 pants
Sleeping Towels – 2
Socks – 11
Sports Bras – 2

Since I will be gone for 8 weeks, it is crazy that I was able to fit all of that in my packing cubes. I might have to handwash my items in Italy so I wanted to be prepared in case I don’t have time. Also, the numbers on the above packing cubes changed once I started laying all my clothes out on the bed.

Tips to packing a carry on for a long trip:


Roll! You save so much more space by rolling your clothes up.

Spread it out! Put all of your clothes on the bed and look at what you need or don’t need.

Double Duty! My rompers act as a two-in-one since I really just want to be able to pack the least amount as possible.


That’s it for now! Let me know if you have any tips!


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