Summer Checklist for Carry-On Only


Recently I planned a trip for a couple days in Richmond, Virginia. Even though there is a train from NYC to RVA, we decided to save time (and $14) by booking an economy flight. It was literally an hour in the air. Unreal! More details on our trip to come, but I wanted to list some of the items I brought with me for this short little trip and hopefully it will inspire someone looking for what to pack. Last time I was traveling with a carry-on only it was for 10 days so luckily I didn’t have to pack as much this time (Also we were able to bring back a snack haul from a local discount grocery store so yay for extra room!). I’m planning a trip soon for four days so I will probably bring an extra dress and a light jacket, but otherwise this will remain the same.

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Carry-on Suitcase:

  • 2 pairs of shorts
  • 2 tops
  • 1 dress (and corresponding anti-chafe shorts–mine are just bike shorts)
  • 1 pair of pajamas (I wear these on the flight too, so its just a tee + leggings + sports bra)
  • 1 regular bra
  • underwear for as many days
  • 1 pair of slip on shoes (wear on the plane)
  • 1 pair of sandals (pack with suitcase)
  • toiletry bag
  • makeup bag
    • face primer
    • concealer
    • powder
    • blush
    • eye shadow primer
    • eye shadow pallet (small)
    • eyeliner
    • mascara
    • makeup brushes
    • contact lens case

Personal Item (backpack):  

  • book
  • over-ear Bluetooth headphones
  • water bottle (empty until I’m through security)
  • charger for headphones and cell phone
  • umbrella
  • sun glasses
  • snacks
  • collapsible duffel (this one I could have skipped because it was a “just-in-case” item)
  • light sweatshirt
  • quart sized liquids bag –easier to pull from my backpack to get through security
    • BB Cream
    • Serum(s)
    • toothpaste
    • toner
    • face sunscreen
    • hand lotion
    • hand sanitizer
    • contact solution
    • (not included: shampoo & conditioner since we were staying at a family members house, but I would have brought a bar shampoo and conditioner if we were traveling overseas or somewhere new to save space in my liquids bag)

I was also carrying a small purse for my phone, wallet, keys, etc.

Happy travels! ♥

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