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How to Pack in a Carry On ft. Vera Bradley & An Exciting Announcement

Planning a trip can be stressful at times. From picking accommodations, to figuring out who to get to a location, tying to get the biggest bang for your buck, language barriers, jet lag, the list goes on. #firstworldproblems I know. Trying to figure out how to pack adds to that stress sometimes too. Especially trying to pack in a carry on for a week long trip. Don’t travel bloggers make it look all so pretty and simple sometimes?

How To Pack In A Carry On Bag ft. Vera Bradley // The Krystal Diaries

Packing doesn’t always have to be stressful and can even be enjoyable. I actually love the process of planning out what I’m going to bring with me on a vacation and packing. Truth is I used to be such an overpacker. Like going to a Caribbean island and bringing enough flip flops to match each bathing suit for everyday PLUS a different pair of shoes for each night, all the makeup and hair products in the world kind of over packer. Here I share what’s in my makeup travel bag. I was that girl checking in at the airport and taking things out of my suitcase putting them into my husband’s because I was over the 50lb limit holding up the line – sorry if you were ever behind me! So ridiculous right? Who needs all that to go lay on a beach all day??

Recently, I’ve finally mastered the art of packing in a carry on. It’s so much simpler than I thought! Here are my tips:

How To Pack In A Carry On Bag ft. Vera Bradley // The Krystal Diaries

Plan Your Outfits Ahead of Time

Like a month or so ahead of time if this isn’t a last minute vacation. Take into account the climate and temperatures for where you’ll be traveling to and what you’ll be doing.

Create a Pinterest board for yourself, take pictures of what clothes you want to bring and pin them, you can keep your board secret if you’d like. Actually seeing everything laid out on a Pinterest board makes it so much simpler to see what you’re going to pack. Do you really need 7 pairs of jeans for each night? Maybe you didn’t even realize you were planning on bringing that many. Instead bring 3 pairs. Pack two and wear one on the plane.

Pack mix and match pieces trying to stick to a color scheme and accessorize. Maybe you can re-wear a top with different accessories to change up your look, add a necklace or scarf.  

Roll your clothes tightly and use packing cubes or airtight bags. Wear your thicker/heavier items like jackets and boots instead of packing them.

Use every nook & cranny you can. Stuff socks & underwear into shoes and odd spaces.

How To Pack In A Carry On Bag ft. Vera Bradley // The Krystal Diaries

Downsize Those Liquids

Did you know you can bring as many liquids under 3 ounces as you can fit into a quart sized clear bag? I didn’t know this for years! So I used to pack my entire bottle of shampoo & conditioner into my suitcase…hello 50lbs.

Instead get yourself a clear zippered bag, I use this one  and tiny travel size containers, I bought these and these from Amazon and I love them! If you’re a little nutty like me, you can even label the bottles.

Pour your liquids into these and voila you can now fit all your liquids into your carry on without a problem! I do this for everything from my face wash to shampoo to night creams.

How To Pack In A Carry On Bag ft. Vera Bradley // The Krystal Diaries

Pick Your Luggage Wisely

Most airlines allow a carry on sized suitcase plus one personal item. Use that to your full advantage! I’ve always been a fan of spinner suitcases because they are just so easy to roll around but I’ve never had one myself and have borrowed from others.

I finally now have my own, the Grande Santiago Flora Hardside Spinner  for my travels courtesy of Vera Bradley! It has the cutest pattern on it, three compartments on the inside to make packing and organizing a breeze and has a TSA compliant lock on it – just in case the airline runs out of overhead space and needs to check it in. It’s lightweight which makes it easy for me to roll around myself without needing any help.

How To Pack In A Carry On Bag ft. Vera Bradley // The Krystal Diaries

For the personal item I like to use either a soft oversized tote or weekender bag. This Triple Compartment Travel Bag from Vera Bradley has enough compartments and slots to fit everything extra you need. A soft bag makes it so much easier to stuff under the seat in front of you! I keep anything I need to be easily accessible in there, up top or in side pockets like passport, confirms, reading material, snacks. Anything else, like an extra change of clothes, makeup bag, I fit into the bottom of the bag.

How To Pack In A Carry On Bag ft. Vera Bradley // The Krystal Diaries

See it is simpler to pack for a vacation in a carry on than I once thought! Now we can all be packing experts together!

Now the Exciting Announcement!

The Krystal Diaries Meet & Greet with Vera Bradley

I’ve partnered with Vera Bradley to host a meet & greet shopping event at their Walt Whitman Mall location in Long Island, NY! It’ll be a fun event with drinks, snacks and getting to know you all.

If you’re in the New York area or will be in the area you have to come! I’d love to meet you all in person!

Just use the RSVP form below and let me know if you’ll be coming! I’d love it if you do 🙂

While you’re at it, check out Vera Bradley’s new leather bag collection and home collection. They’ve just released their new fall line and I’m really liking the pieces! The Northern Lights Gray is my favorite home print.

The Krystal Diaries Meet & Greet

What are your carry on packing tips?

Will I be meeting you in August?


Compensation/Product for this post was provided by Vera Bradley. The opinions expressed herein are mine alone and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Vera Bradley.

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  • Reply La Shell

    I don’t think I can go back to checked luggage now that I have been traveling with a carryon only. I went to Paris with one carry one for me and one for my husband. We went for 10 days, and it was April, so there was alot of heavier clothes. Not to mention, I traveled with a wedding dress, shoes, a bouquet and my husband had his suit, shoes and the like. Love articles like these!

    July 31, 2017 at 10:05 AM
    • Reply Krystal

      I don’t think I could go back to checked luggage either!

      July 31, 2017 at 7:42 PM
  • Reply Thirty30Courtney

    I am exclusively team carry-on and always try to fight with gate agents when they make me check a bag. I totally agree with you about packing in a color scheme and rolling your clothes. I stick to a theme for the weekend, wear my hoodie onto the plane, and keep it simple. This practice helps me out even when I am doing some last minute packing because I know what colors to focus on.

    July 31, 2017 at 11:01 AM
    • Reply Krystal

      A color scheme makes mix & matching easier! Luckily I haven’t had gate agents try to check my bag…yet

      July 31, 2017 at 7:43 PM
  • Reply Olivia Stacey

    I tend to over-pack so I especially appreciate this post : ) Traveling with a well-organized carry-on is so easy to fly with! Definitely going to start rolling my clothes to make more room. Thanks for sharing these great travel tips!

    July 31, 2017 at 11:29 AM
    • Reply Krystal

      I used to overpack all the time! Rolling clothes makes more room.

      July 31, 2017 at 7:44 PM
  • Reply Amanda

    Wow I’m totally in love with this Vera Bradley Suitcase!! The design on it is so adorable I love the floral! I’m also a blogger from Long Island/NYC area! I think I will definitely be attending your event at the Whitman Mall! It sounds like so much fun I love meeting other bloggers! Also just followed your Instagram account!! xx

    July 31, 2017 at 11:46 AM
    • Reply Krystal

      I’d love to see you there!! Us LI/NYC bloggers have to stick together lol

      July 31, 2017 at 7:45 PM
  • Reply Jaye Shields

    Great tips, I actually do something similar when planning, but instead of using Pinterest, I just create an album on my phone like “Bali To-Pack”. It’s a great tip!

    July 31, 2017 at 12:10 PM
    • Reply Krystal

      Creating an album on your phone is a great idea!

      July 31, 2017 at 7:46 PM
  • Reply Tori

    Planning out outfits ahead of time definitely helps me when I’m packing! I love this suitcase, it’s so pretty.


    July 31, 2017 at 3:07 PM
    • Reply Krystal

      Isn’t the design great? It stands out amongst all the plain suitcases

      July 31, 2017 at 7:47 PM
  • Reply Cassie Liz

    Your suitcase is adorable!! I like to just take the essentials when travelling and not pack too much. I think it’s a good idea to plan out what activities you are doing and what actually needs to be taken!

    July 31, 2017 at 7:26 PM
    • Reply Krystal

      Planning is essential in not overpacking!

      July 31, 2017 at 7:47 PM
  • Reply AlainaBullock1

    Planning out my outfits is the only way I can keep from overpacking! I am a huge Vera Bradley fan, and love your suitcase! I might have to get one myself! So colorful and fun!

    July 31, 2017 at 9:50 PM
  • Reply Adriana Martin

    Super nice ideas carrying too much is not a good idea turns into a painful experience while traveling. Love your suitcases so cute!

    August 1, 2017 at 2:32 AM
  • Reply Pooja

    carry ons are way easier to carry than any other handbags. And I have been using them a lot lately and this list is surely something that helps me plan on through

    August 1, 2017 at 4:54 AM
  • Reply Cynthia

    I’ve been meaning to do this but to be honest I wasn’t sure if I was going to be allowed to! The checking process is a hassle. Will do anything to be rid of it!

    August 1, 2017 at 7:14 AM
  • Reply Michelle

    These are great tips. I sometimes tend to bring all the contents of my closet when traveling, LOL. I use compression bags for my clothes and different size packing cubes for toiletries and other stuff.

    August 1, 2017 at 9:27 AM
  • Reply elenasts

    These are all great tips. I actually love packing so I usually end up packing stuff for everyone I am traveling with 🙂

    August 1, 2017 at 2:11 PM
  • Reply robin rue

    See, I am a mom, so my carry on’s are much different. Mine are filled with stuff for the kids, snacks and lots of portable phone chargers 🙂

    August 1, 2017 at 2:16 PM
  • Reply SparklesofLight Blog (@rosysparkles)

    I hope you have a great meet and greet, sounds like great fun 🙂

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    August 1, 2017 at 3:02 PM
  • Reply terristeffes

    I would so be there if I lived within a 100 miles of you! Alas, St. Louis is too far to drive! I love Vera and am in the market for a carry on, so I am going to go and check them out!

    August 1, 2017 at 3:48 PM
    • Reply Krystal

      It’s too bad you’re not closer!! Their new collection of bags are really nice.

      August 1, 2017 at 3:50 PM
  • Reply Eloise

    Love the break down of how to pack a carry on bag! That’s how I prefer it 😉 The ludgage looks great too, I want😁 Thanks for the organized advice.

    August 1, 2017 at 7:28 PM
  • Reply Allison Rebecca

    These are great tips! I always struggle with packing the right things and usually way over or under pack. Great tips!

    August 1, 2017 at 8:18 PM
  • Reply Jill Conyers (@jillconyers)

    I rarely check a bag when I travel. Great tips for traveling with ease and prepared.

    August 1, 2017 at 9:22 PM
  • Reply Jeanine

    Very cute carry on luggage. It’s great to travel with carry on so you are not paying the cost of extra fees. Great tips for future travelers.

    August 1, 2017 at 9:34 PM
  • Reply Dee Samaan

    I love your carry on! I admit I either under pack or over pack. I need a nice in the middle! Great post!!!

    August 1, 2017 at 9:55 PM
  • Reply theclutterboxblog

    My husband and I just got back from vacation and the whole time we were flying all I could think was how much easier this would be with a carry on. Your post is perfect time, we need new luggage and I want to pack better! I love your vera bradley!

    August 2, 2017 at 3:30 AM
  • Reply Jalisa

    I love this. A lot of people forget about carryons. Last year I purchased a carry on for my son since he travels when we normally do.

    August 2, 2017 at 9:46 AM
  • Reply toastycritic

    Hope the meet and greet goes well with your audience. Sounds like a fun thing to do for them. As far as packing, this is a cool list. With all the rules and regulations about what you can and cannot bring on while flying, I think this is really cool.

    August 2, 2017 at 9:56 AM
  • Reply reesann723

    I love that Vera suitcase and bag! I never get everything I want in my carry on so this was very helpful!

    August 2, 2017 at 3:50 PM
  • Reply Angela Ricardo Bethea

    Yes Packing can be very challenging sometimes. These are really great ideas. Thank you so much for these awesome tips!

    August 2, 2017 at 4:05 PM
  • Reply Danasia Fantastic

    I wish I had read this before my trip to Toronto last week! I always over pack and need to be better about taking less.

    August 2, 2017 at 5:48 PM
  • Reply Heather Garcia

    These are great tips! I am so horrible about always feeling like I need to bring my entire closet! Congrats on your instore event! That is a great opportunity!

    August 2, 2017 at 7:36 PM
  • Reply Journa Liz Servito Ramirez

    Love your tips! Every trip, I always try to bring almost everything in my closet and it gives me a hard time. So happy to read this. I’ll keep these things in my mind

    August 2, 2017 at 11:50 PM
  • Reply Breena Blake

    Great tips! I try to plan out my outfits in advance but I always overpack. I am just so indecisive and I hate overpacking. However, summer is an easier month for me because clothing items are smaller 🙂

    August 3, 2017 at 1:20 AM
  • Reply asseenonjean88

    These are some great tips! It’s so easy to overpack, but if you’re sensible it’s so much better. That sounds like a fun meet and greet.

    August 3, 2017 at 5:09 AM
  • Reply Healthwealthbridge by Dr.Amrita Basu

    That carry all and weekend tote both look so chic and pretty .I too carry small containers wit shampoo and stuff.great tips and love how Vera Bradley looks.

    August 3, 2017 at 9:49 AM
  • Reply purposetonourish

    “Plan your outfits ahead of time” … umm but what if I need this dress and shirt and pants that I haven’t worn in 2 years? WHAT IF?! Hahahahaha. But seriously though. I really have to stop doing that. Inspired by this!

    August 3, 2017 at 11:21 AM
    • Reply Krystal

      Haha I used to pack like that all the time!

      August 4, 2017 at 6:34 AM
  • Reply nadaliebardo

    I used to be suck a good packer, now since I’ve been pretty much in one location for the last few years I’ve lost my ability to survive without much. Hoping once I start traveling more I get used to letting go of things and embrace minimalist travelling. Thanks for your tips!

    August 3, 2017 at 11:22 AM
  • Reply kreativemommy

    I love your suit case. Its so cute and the nag is really cool. Packing carefully all the important stuff is very important. Great tips.

    August 3, 2017 at 12:02 PM
  • Reply With Kids and Coffee (@wkidsandcoffee)

    I finally took the time to plan all of our family’s outfits before packing for our last vacation. Such a game changer! I used to overpack like crazy and the planning ahead definitely helped cut down on that.

    August 3, 2017 at 3:54 PM
    • Reply Krystal

      I guess with kids it gets even tougher to pack!

      August 4, 2017 at 6:35 AM
  • Reply Shannon Gurnee

    I used to pack all of my stuff in a carry-on bag. Now I check bags more than before, especial so I don’t have to deal with the quart sized bag of liquids. 🙂

    August 3, 2017 at 5:11 PM
    • Reply Krystal

      Yes dealing with the liquids is sometimes the hardest part

      August 4, 2017 at 6:36 AM
  • Reply Heather Riccobono (@BrieBrieBlooms)

    I love this carry on. It’s so bright and pretty with just the right amount of space for a weekend getaway!

    August 3, 2017 at 8:54 PM
  • Reply Prime Beauty Blog (@PrimeBeauty50)

    Great tips. Planning ahead really does save time and space, as does downsizing your toiletries. I try to save samples or smaller bottles for just this purpose.

    August 3, 2017 at 9:06 PM
  • Reply rachel s

    I love your new luggage, it is so cute. Thanks for the great tips!

    August 4, 2017 at 6:29 PM
  • Reply Ellie Chan

    Oh my gosh I wish I could pack just a carry on. It would be so much easier for traveling. These are such great tips, I’ll have to remember them when I’m packing next.

    August 5, 2017 at 12:34 AM
  • Reply K.

    I am definitely an overpacker. I know that I shouldn’t and I have gotten better as I age, but I still overpack. I think that the tip about making a pintrest board is wonderful, I am going to have to try it.

    Also: That suitcase is GORGEOUS.

    August 5, 2017 at 6:44 AM
  • Reply dreamofadventures

    Great post! rolling my clothes has always saved me so much space! Also my tip is if you have a product you like, see if you can get samples of it and then use those on your travels =o)

    August 5, 2017 at 1:14 PM
  • Reply Courtney

    I’m a hoarder when I pack lol… it’s usually impossible for me to fit everything into a carry on lol….

    August 5, 2017 at 4:12 PM
  • Reply Paula13t

    Picking your outfits ahead of time is definitely a great idea- especially for someone like me, who ALWAYS overpacks haha 😉

    Thirteen Thoughts

    August 6, 2017 at 9:53 AM
  • Reply Roxy

    These are such great tips! I am terrible at packing more than like 2 days worth of clothes in a carry-on…but it seems like other people can get like a weeks-worth!

    August 7, 2017 at 10:18 PM
  • Reply Agness of eTramping

    I love your tips! I can know pack like a pro thanks to your tips!

    August 10, 2017 at 4:25 PM
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