2 Weeks, No Checked Bag!

I am always nervous of lost luggage and mishandling so when I found out I had to take a two week trip to South Dakota, my goal was to pack everything I needed using ONLY a carry on. I managed to not check a bag….and still pack a crap ton of stuff. I will say I could have done without a lot of the items I packed because most didn’t get used.

Here’s what I took:

1 -21″ spinner containing:

  • 1 cardigan
  • 1 peacoat
  • 6 pairs of underwear (& bras)
  • 4 sets of PJs (no, I didn’t need 4)
  • 4 sweaters (very thick)
  • 2 blouses (1 long & 1 short)
  • 2 skirts
  • 3 pairs of pants
  • 2 pairs of tights
  • First aid kit
  • 5 necklaces, 1 pair of earrings, 1 bracelet
  • Brush
  • Slipper socks

Liquid Bag

  • Shampoo
  • 2 bottles of conditioner
  • 2 bottles of lotion
  • liquid foundation
  • disinfectant spray
  • Toothbrush & toothpaste
  • Dental floss
  • Tide to go pen
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Deodorant
  • Wet ones
  • Emergen-C
  • Theraflu
  • Argan oil

Cosmetic Bag

  • Lip gloss
  • Makeup brush travel kit
  • 3 tubes of lipstick
  • 2 eye shadow palettes
  • Eyebrow archer razor
  • 2 tubes of mascara
  • Blush
  • Eyeliner pot & brush

Personal item (laptop bag/purse)

  • Laptop & charger
  • Picture of my sweet angels
  • Snacks (4 granola bars, 5 packages of peanut butter crackers, 2 bags of M&Ms) –didn’t use ANY
  • Wallet
  • Eye mask
  • Cell phone & Charger
  • Headphones
  • Kindle & Charging cable
  • Naked eye shadow palette
  • Small bag w/ facial wipes, lip balm, stamps (idk why…), lip stick, pens, pony tail holders, Bobby pins

*Most of these items were travel sized samples that I have collected. I keep them in a woven basket in the guest bathroom.

I also put together a wardrobe capsule to make sure I packed as few as possible and still had enough outfits to last.

Packing to come home was more challenging, especially with the 30+ bottles of shampoo, conditioner & lotion I smuggled on the plane. I wore my largest items on the plane to go to South Dakota (boots, heavy coat), BUT wearing those items to Houston wouldn’t work because of the temp changes so I held my jacket on the plane and used it as a blanket (it wouldn’t fit in the overhead bin in my suitcase). That worked perfectly because it was cool on the plane. When we landed, I just placed it back in my suitcase.

Minus getting stuck at the airport for 8 hours with my connecting flight being delayed 3 times, then canceled, then delayed again AND arriving in the midst of a snow storm, the trip was well. I only had to purchase a hat….could have used gloves also 🙂