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Take a Peek into My Luggage

Want to see what I pack? I arrived at my hotel and I’m ready to unpack. I’m on a 14-day business trip in Europe. I have been traveling for the past 20 hours, so my clothes are itching to get out of my luggage and get hung up in the closet!

First, the luggage I used: For short trips I like my Samsonite 21″ Spinner carry-on. A short trip to me is one that is 7 days and less. This is a longer trip, but I will wear most outfits twice, changing up the clothes for a different look. So with 7 days’ worth of clothing that I will repurpose, this bag works fine.

I absolutely love the spinner wheels, not only for navigating easily through the airport and up and down escalators, but for navigating into a ladies’ room stall in the airport.

I placed all my business attire in the top outside pocket inside a space-saving plastic bag, enough clothes for my nine days of business meetings. I wore khaki’s on the plane and these will be my weekend wear. My blouse and cami worn for traveling will be washed out in the hotel sink and worn on a business day.

Here is the space-saving bag that holds all my business clothes for the two weeks:

Here’s all that I’ll be unpacking:

Open the zipper-lock sealed bag and whoosh — in goes the air! Here I have laid out all of the clothes (3 slacks, 7 tops, 2 cardigans) that were smooched into the plastic bag.

There are a few wrinkles in the tan slacks, but that’s it. Hanging everything up will shake out the lines. For any remaining wrinkles, I’ll hang the item in the bathroom while I’m taking a shower and the steam then takes care of them. (Occasionally I need to iron – maybe only once or twice a year.)

This already looks like a lot to fit into a carry-on, doesn’t it? But this is far from all that’s in my bag.

Let’s unpack the other items:

  • Workout pants
  • 2 t-shirts
  • Socks
  • Nightgown
  • Robe
  • 3 pairs of shoes
  • Makeup bag
  • Bag of liquid toiletries
  • Shaker cup for mixing up protein shakes
  • Vanilla and chocolate whey powder
  • Nuts: Almonds, brazil nuts and macadamia
  • Apricots
  • Protein bars
  • Instant oatmeal
  • Vitamin supplements
  • Scarf
  • Bras, panties, pantyhose, slippers and hairbrush (not shown)

Phew! That’s a lot in a carry-on bag for a 14 day trip!

It’s easy to pack this way when you plan on mixing and matching a few outfits, are ok with wearing slacks twice (I will toss them in the hotel’s washer and dryer mid-trip so I can get a third wearing or send them out for dry-cleaning) and can wash out blouses and tops in your bathroom sink. Though believe me, it hasn’t always been easy for me to be this efficient. Someday I’ll show you the bag I used to use – named the “Double Heavy”!

When returning home, I have room for souvenirs as there is an expandable zipper on the outside pocket. And I’ll be consuming my protein shakes for my breakfast; along with snacking on nuts and apricots, so that will give me extra room when I pack to go home.

So now you’ve taken a peek into what’s in my bag. Actually, more than a peek – you’ve seen darn near everything!

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