How to pack a carry-on suitcase: women’s version

Everything I packed into a carry-on suitcase (photo by Sheila Scarborough)Two professional conferences, two different climates (Seattle WA and Tulsa OK) for six full days.

I’ve written here before about how my husband was a Suitcase Swami by getting everything into a carry-on for one of his conferences – could I do it myself?

You bet, because these days, it’s me versus the airlines.

No way will I pay American Airlines to check my luggage, only to have it possibly lost or abused when I really need to look well-dressed (and I was giving a keynote presentation and workshop at the second conference.)

The video below was filmed with my Flip camera as I unpacked the suitcase from the trip. Here’s what I took:

  • 3 pair of trousers
  • 2 skirts
  • 6 tops
  • 4 cardigan sweaters (rather than stiffer, hard-to-pack suit jackets)
  • 1 jersey knit blazer-style jacket
  • 3 pair of shoes
  • 1 lined windbreaker
  • 1 T-shirt to sleep in
  • scarves, jewelry, spare glasses, toiletries kit, quart-sized bag for liquids

Light, light, light. Pare down the shoes.  Pay for a light, well-constructed suitcase (I use a Travelpro Rollaboard.)

(Update – the idiot-proof packing list for a woman on a business trip.)

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