How to Pack for a 10-Day Honeymoon

Hello, hello! I do apologize for the absence, but hope that you all understand how chaotic my life has been the past couple weeks. We are getting MARRIED in 5 days! That is seriously insane. I feel like I blinked and now, here we are, getting ready to jet up to NH for our wedding. This weekend, I spent a lot of time packing for the five days we will be in New Hampshire, and also packing for our 10 day honeymoon to Belize 🙂

I packed for both myself, and Jarrett, so it was a lot of work! Luckily, our Best Man and his fiancé live in Virginia Beach, and so graciously offered to drive to NH for our wedding. They are taking our honeymoon suitcases, as well as a few other items, like Jarrett’s suit. We are so grateful that they are doing that for us!!

Now, I do not like to check luggage when I am traveling. First of all, I don’t like the potential that my suitcase will not make it to my destination. And second, I really don’t feel like paying additional fees to check that suitcase. So, I pack everything I need in my carry-on and personal items. I do not honestly remember the last time I checked a bag! The longest trip I have done with just a carry-on item was 14 days to Spain. I’m telling you, you can do it too if you just follow my tips!

I do want to let you know that I will be absent from the blog from June 20-July 6th. I will not be available to answer comments or emails, but please continue to keep in touch and I will get back to you ASAP 🙂 And remember to check back in on the blog early to mid July for recaps of our wedding and honeymoon adventures!!

 

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Packing for Vacation in Just a Carry-On

Tip 1#: Choose your carry-on item wisely. 

Pick a suitcase that has four wheels, not just two. If you are filling that suitcase with enough clothing for over one week, you are going to want to make sure it rolls easily. And, if you’re traveling for an extended period of time, my guess is that you will be lugging that suitcase through multiple airports, train stations, bus terminals, etc. Make sure it moves easily.

Confirm that it fits the airline’s size restrictions. This is a biggie! Usually, your luggage will be checked if it is larger than the limits, and that defeats the purpose of only bringing a carry-on item.

Purchase a suitcase that can expand. And that has a lot of pockets. This will help keep you organized and gives a little wiggle room for purchasing souvenirs. I recommend that you pack for your trip without the suitcase expanded, that way you can squeeze everything in for your trip back home!

Here are the suitcases we use: Travel Pro (on the left); Swiss Gear (on right).

Tip #2: Roll your clothing.

I’m sure you have heard this one before, and maybe you listened, maybe you didn’t. I’m here to reiterate that rolling your clothing is the best option. Your clothing will fit better in the suitcase and end up less wrinkled than if you had folded them. Just take my word for it.

Tip #3: Utilize space saving bags!

This is probably my biggest tip! Place your rolled clothing inside of the space saving bag, roll it on up, and push out all of the air. This basically vacuum-seals your clothing, which helps to save on space in your suitcase! I also use these bags as a way to divide my clothing. Tops go in one, dresses and shorts in another, etc. Make sure you purchase bags that do not require you to use an actual vacuum to remove the air. Check out the ones I use here. These are also amazing for separately dirty clothing from clean clothing!

Tip #4: Don’t overpack.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Again, this is a biggie and it can be hard to avoid, especially as a woman. The key to not needing a checked suitcase is packing only the essentials. It helps to plan out your outfits ahead of time, and be okay with re-wearing certain items, like your shorts! No one is going to notice if you wear the same cardigan multiple times. If you really care about mixing up your outfits, I recommend bringing lightweight scarves! They are small and easy to pack, and can seriously change your look. If you must overpack on clothing, then you 100% need to avoid overpacking shoes. These take up the most room in a suitcase and I will bet you won’t wear 5 different pairs in a week.  

Miscellaneous Tips

Put dryer sheets in your suitcase, and specifically, in those space saver bags. This will keep everything smelling fresh!

Use the suitcase pockets and/or other dividers. I have small pouches that I use to store my underwear, socks, etc. Utilize your available space! Stuff socks into shoes, tuck underwear into gaps around the perimeter, etc.

Put luggage tags on your carry-on items. Many people think, “Oh, I keep them with me, so why does it matter?” Well, that carry-on may end up getting checked beneath the airplane, despite you trying to avoid that at all costs. Make sure that they know who to return it to and double check that your information is accurate.

If you are traveling with another person/people, don’t bring multiples of something. Jarrett and I are traveling together the entire 10 days, so we have 1 umbrella, 1 container of body wash, etc. If it is an item that can be shared, just bring one.

I hope these tips helped! Make sure to check back in for lots of future blog posts about our wedding and honeymoon, as well as other travel posts. We have a lot of travel remaining for 2018 and I will definitely be posting about it. See you in July!



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