3 Tips to Fit a Week’s Worth of Clothes in a Small Carry-On

It’s something that takes a lot of work, but when it comes to vacation, I’m always team carry-on. I shared packing tips on Snapchat before heading to Florida with the family and received tons questions on how I was able to pack a carry-on with seven days worth of clothing. If you’re interested, here are three simple tips.

Make Use of a Personal Bag

All of my clothes and shoes are in a carry-on, but I use a personal bag to keep some essentials as well. Most airlines allow you to have one carry-on and one personal bag so check the baggage requirements before taking advantage.

Limit Shoes

There is no need for me to have 10 pairs of shoes for a weekend (or even month-long) trip when I only have two feet. Pack a pair of comfortable sneakers or shoes, a pair of sandals and/or flip flops if you’re going to a warm climate. I generally keep flip flops in the zip front pocket or the bottom of the bag.

Invest in Packing Cubes

Bring what you need and invest in some packing cubes. I personally use Shacke Pak, but Eagle Creek, eBags and Travel Wise are popular packing cube brands as well. With packing cubes, you have to ability to pack more clothes while taking up less room. Rolling clothes in the packing cubes and suitcase also saves space. Packing cubes give the ability to separate items by category, making it easier to look for items to wear. 

Another alternative is a space bag or ziplock bag, but it can be a bit difficult when returning because vacuums aren’t always guaranteed at destinations. 



How to Pack a Carry-on

Do you pack everything in one carry-on bag?

7 Comments

  1. Great tips! I usually over pack and then I sit on the luggage to close it, with the zipper close to busting, but your method sound better lol.

  2. I’ve never heard of the cubes before. I’ll keep this in mind for my next trip. I managed to get all of my clothes in my carryon by packing my outfits by ziploc gallon bags. It was a headache trying to figure it out on the way home though, lol!

  3. I don’t travel carry on style often but when I go to the West Coast I do. I’m flying out early tomorrow morning and I plan on packing carry on. I’m on there three days so it shouldn’t be to hard for me. Shoes are my struggle.

  4. Wow! I can’t believe you got a week’s worth of clothes in that bag! I do roll my clothes when I pack but I’m going to have to look into packing cubes as well. That’s a good idea.

  5. Great tips! I do pack everything in one carry-on because I hate paying bag fees (lol). My favorite has removable packing drawers that hold a lot. I love the packing cubes idea and I will try it very soon!

  6. Packing cubes saved my vacation! They’re such an easy way to fit everything you need without having to shove it all in.

  7. I heard of packing cubes but I dont have one! I am really going to look into them I didnt know you could fit a week worth of clothes in there…I am going on an 8 day cruise in a few weeks might need to get one.

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