Are you thinking about traveling anytime soon? To save time and money, have you thought about packing all of your clothes, essentials, and odds and ends in just one carry on bag? This might sound impossible for a seven day or more trip, but it’s not. In the long run, you will be happier being able to get off the plane and get started on your vacation. Here are some tips on how to pack for a seven day trip with one bag.

What is a Carry On Bag?

A typical carry on must be small enough to fit in the overhead space storage on a plane. The normal dimensions are 22″ x 14″ x 9″. So that means 22 inches high, 14 inches across, and 9 inches wide. Anything that size or smaller is considered good to go. This may sound daunting when thinking if everything for a weeklong trip will fit in your carry on but it is easier than you think.

What to pack in a carry on bag

What to Pack?

If you are like me, you tend to overthink and overpack for any situation that could arise while on vacation. Having an itinerary is helpful so you can pack for any activities planned on your next trip. A good rule of thumb is to stick to a 10 item capsule wardrobe. Five tops, three pants or shorts, two dresses, or two other versatile clothing items. Keep the color scheme neutral with accent colors so you can make an outfit out of any of your clothing options. Keep it simple so if you had an outfit in mind but end up changing your mind you’re able to pick a different top, bottoms, and accessories. Stay comfortable and stylish at the same time!

Maximizing space in a carry on bag

Maximizing space

When trying to fit everything in a carry-on, make sure you’re using every crack and crevice to maximize the space in your luggage. By rolling up your clothing and putting outfits together ahead of time it keeps you more organized and saves room for toiletries and other essential travel items such as passport, boarding passes, credit cards, etc.

Carry on bag checklist


Before zipping up your carry on, go back through a checklist and make sure you did not forget anything. Go through all your outfits, toiletries, essential items so nothing is left behind. Double-checking your list will save stress in the long run.

Zip Up and Go Have Fun!

Hop on the plane and sit back and relax! This is your time to unwind and enjoy your vacation. Step off the plane, passing the baggage claim and step into paradise. Drink in hand and a stress-free mindset make for a great time!