Keep calm and carry-on

Here’s what I packed in my carry-on suitcase for my trip abroad! (A feat I used to think was impossible for this recovering over-packer.)


It kept me organized as I travelled from Syracuse, to NYC, through Iceland to get to Dublin. Then from Dublin, to London, to Cambridge, then on to Castle Hedingham and back to Cambridge, back to London, then back to NYC, and finally to Syracuse! That was a lot of packing and unpacking, but it didn’t feel it because I wasn’t overwhelmed with clothing. And the best part is that I felt like I had plenty to wear because of the versatility of each piece I chose, thanks to a little practice with my capsule wardrobe project I’ve been trying out these past few months with help from @cladwellapp!


Now a little disclaimer before I show you what I packed, I was traveling with my sister, so this meant that if I did feel the urge to borrow a sweater or accessory I could, and vice versa. She also brought an extra dress for me to wear to the wedding in the castle because I just couldn’t find anything that I could justify wearing again. We also agreed that I would bring the straightener and she the hairdryer. The yin to my yang if you will. It helps to coordinate with who your traveling with so you aren’t doubling up, you would be amazed at how all the little items add up in weight! I also used a backpack as my personal item, however I didn’t use it to stash extra clothes or shoes as I would have in the past, I used it for my entertainment. My laptop, a book, a notebook, snacks etc as well as to hold my toiletries for easy access through security, and the essentials like my passport and debit card. I felt like I had everything I needed with some room to spare, which is exactly what I was going for!


So without further ado, here are the items I packed below. The only things not pictured are my winter coat I wore everyday no matter the outfit because it’s England people, and it be cold and wet. (Also my pj’s that doubled as airplane attire.)

The tops:

Very neutral, I like a v-neck as you can see. 2 plain ones, a grey and black, then a stripe to feel a little unique and a wrap crop top for when I felt extra fancy!


The bottoms





A dress option:

I wore this to a second wedding reception I was in town for. Very light weight and can be dressed up or down with accessories.




A third layer:



The shoes:

3 pairs, with my main focus on comfort and then to add variety to my outfits.




The final touches:

You’d be amazed at what these two items did to change the look of an outfit, paired on their own or together it showed my south western inspired style. (And anyone who knows me knows I love a good hat!)




And there you have it, 4 shirts, 2 pants, 1 dress, 1 sweater, 3 shoes, and 2 accessories all packed neatly in my carry-on suitcase! Less time worrying about what I was going to wear meant more time enjoying myself, and that’s what it’s all about!


kindly, cara


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