I'm an Expert Packer, and These Are the 25 Things I Always Put in My Carry-On Suitcase
A little over a decade ago, I took my very first Summer trip to Europe and I made one major mistake: I brought a giant suitcase. As I traveled from city to city and hotel to hotel, I found myself dragging around all these things I didn't need and wish I'd never packed. After that trip, I promised myself I would never overpack again, and I stuck to that goal. Almost every year, I go back to visit friends, sometimes for three to four weeks at a time, and I only take a carry-on suitcase. Whenever I tell people that, they always ask me how, and I say it's all about packing the right things.
The biggest rule I follow is: take one good choice of everything. I take one pair of sneakers, one pair of jeans, one good dress, and so on. Aside from fashion pieces, I've also narrowed in on the right cosmetic bag, shoe bags, jewelry cases, and more. So if you're looking for some packing inspiration, keep reading to see all the things I can't leave without and which ones you should add to your suitcase this year.
W&P Glass Porter Seal Tight Bowl
I love taking masks, face creams, and more on my trips, but I need them to be travel size. I decided to invest in a few of these W&P Glass Porter Seal Tight Bowls ($32) and I love them. They're good for the environment, because they're plastic-free and you can easily clean and reuse them. They are even dishwasher safe!
Drunk Elephant The Littles Set
Traveling to Europe with a carry-on suitcase has one downside: the airports allow less liquids through TSA. I can't survive without this Drunk Elephant The Littles Set ($90). It comes with so many of the products I use on a daily basis, and the cute small sizes are perfect to take on the plane.
VanFn Disposable Towel
Sometimes I just really want to wash my face and I'm not around a wash cloth or towel. These VanFn Disposable Towels ($11) come in a tiny pack, and you toss them away when you're done. I normally add two or three to my bag, just in case. They're great for refreshing on the plane, too.
Foldable Waterproof Travel Shoe Bags
As a total clean freak, I can't stand the thought of mixing my dirty shoes with my clean clothes. These Foldable Waterproof Travel Shoe Bags ($16) are what I always use, and I love that they have two pockets. One is smaller and great for flat sandals.
Mini Travel Umbrella
Traveling to a new climate can be surprising, so I always pack this Mini Travel Umbrella ($11), just in case. The tiny design takes up almost no room in my bag, and every time I've needed to use it, I was so happy I didn't have to run into a store to buy an expensive last-minute option.