One thing we love about Summer travel: warm destinations mean fewer clothes to pack, and fewer clothes mean smaller luggage. Even for longer Summer getaways, you can usually squeeze by with a carry-on, avoiding baggage fees and fears of lost luggage. These carry-ons will keep you organized and contain everything you need for your vacation. Better yet, a lot of them are on sale.
I pride myself on being a light packer, but there's really no great mystery behind traveling light. The secret is simply good planning: If you decide what to wear before you leave, you'll have no reason to overpack. By employing a few smart strategies, you should be able to fit everything you need in one small piece of luggage—such as this Roxy Van Karmen 22-inch Roller, available for $135 here—whether you're going away for two days or two weeks. Here are some tips to help you become a super packer.
- Before each trip, make a very detailed packing list where you plan what outfit you will wear each day and how you will reuse each clothing item. The web site OneBag has lots of great tips, as well as a downloadable packing checklist.
- Get lots of mileage out of each clothing item. A nice blazer, for instance, can double as a daytime jacket and a going-out essential when paired with a dressy camisole. And though you'll probably want to switch out your t-shirts and camis daily, you can wear the same two sweaters for a number of days.
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I know, I know, it's only Wednesday, but I'm already looking forward to the Labor Day Weekend. And an excellent weekend getaway deserves a great weekend bag. The ideal suitcase should be small enough to act as an airplane carry on but big enough to hold a pair of dressy shoes or sandals and a few essential mix and match clothing elements, such as a dress and a few tops. Here are some fabulous looks to try:
The wide, boxy shape of this Barneys Classic Carry-On Duffel is ideal for stuffing with just a few key pieces and the necessary cosmetics. You can buy it here for $445.
If you tend to pack a heavier load, look like a wayward urbanite while wheeling around this Liz Claiborne Luggage Soho Metallic Wheeled Weekender, available here for $129.99.
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