Besides knowing how to pack your suitcase, you need to know how to pack a smart carry on for a flight. You’ve all been there, trying to fit your entire life into a seemingly shrinking carry on, and you know just how daunting this task can become. Some of us give up and opt for what I call “the bag lady” solution – if you can’t fit it in your bag, you just get a smaller bag, and another one, and another one.. Until you are surrounded by bags! Its a mission to keep track of all your little packages and you’ll probably forget one along the way, so that doesn’t really work for me. I’ve also seen girls who keep stuffing their carry on until the zipper barely closes, resulting in one bulky bag that is guaranteed to bump into everything and everyone you pass (you know who you are ladies!). It looks terrible, it hurts, and there is the slight concern that it might actually explode! So I came up with a solution – The Minimalist.
I pack the bare minimum – only the necessities – for everything else, there is a suitcase. Tickets/passport are in my travel wallet, purchased from Barney’s a few years ago. That way you don’t need to fish for your passport every time, and its easily accessible and organized. Michael Kors wallet. Gucci sunnies (with the case to avoid scratches and damage) to cover up those tired eyes after a long flight (why do you think all the celebs do it?!). L’Occitane hand cream, which is perfect because its package meets the security standards, and because its so rich that it is guaranteed to keep your hands moisturised even with the dry air during flights. A pen – to fill out any forms or write down my ideas. Pavlyn notebook, that’s always with me! Canon point and shoot camera. Rosebud Strawberry lip balm, which smells amazing and keeps your lips so soft! Ipod and Blackberry. GOSH lipgloss for a quick touch up when I land. For a long flight, I will add a magazine or a paperback book. And there you have it – the minimalist travel bag!