How To Pack A Carry On Bag For 10 Days

by Roni

Do you pack a carry-on bag when you travel? Do you think you could pack a carry on bag for 10 days? I have been team carry-on for over 10 years now and I’m telling you, it’s easy to be stylish and still only take a carry-on bag.

All of the outfits in the pic below were in my carry-on bag for my 10 day trip to Barcelona.  I use my line of packing cubes which keeps everything nice and neat. 

Check out my video and see just how easy it is to use them.

How to pack a carry on bag for 10 days

The following 3 basic items were in my bag. I built my wardrobe around these. Amazon has all of these items in stock, and if you click the links I will get a small commission.

  1. Grey pair of pants. Amazon has them as a pack of 2, I love mine!
  2. Grey skirt. This option packs up nicely!
  3. Black skirt. This is plus size but I find that those skirts fit me better cause I have an ample bottom.
  4. A jean jacket. I think a jean jacket works well for traveling because they can be dressed up or down. pack carry on for 10 days

 The above items were paired with 6 shirts and 3 tank shirts. I like color so I made sure my shirts were vibrant (which meant they could all be washed together). I love dresses (you can see some of the dresses I have found on Amazon here, they have traveled all over the world with me!) so I packed a couple of those and took 2 pairs of shoes. Two scarves, my jewelry and 1 purse (you can see I rocked it in almost all my pics) made up the rest. That’s it. That’s all I needed and I had more than enough.


pack carry on for 10 days

I took the 3 basics from my carry-on and created several different looks. All it takes is a little planning to coordinate your outfits and you’ll be set! 

pack carry on for 10 days

pack carry on for 10 days


pack carry on for 10 days

This is one of my favorite travel dresses. I got it from Amazon and it fits great! Try this one and this is another option for this style of dress. Just hang it up to dry or dry it with no hot air. What do you think of my wardrobe? Have you used packing cubes? Check out my video and see just how easy it is to use them.

 So what do you think? Could you pack for a trip only using a carry-on bag? 

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Nicole October 10, 2016 - 1:39 pm

I think I could do this. I hate lugging excess baggage and I found out that over 1/2 the stuff I packed was never worn. Simple is better. When will your cubes be available?

Naomi McWatt October 10, 2016 - 10:33 pm

Yes I can do it. I like your combinations.

Dorothy Q August 24, 2019 - 9:32 pm

At one time I’d become very good at limited what I packed for a trip. But I’ve completely lost the skill. I think I have it all together in my head but then I panic about not having this or that. Then I end up throwing everything except the bathtub in my suitcase. LOL! But you’ve inspired me to try to get mix an match travel basics. I find summer time is easier because maxi dresses can be dressed up or down and you can get fancy looking comfy sandals that don’t take up much room.

Roni September 11, 2019 - 7:14 pm

True, traveling to warmer climates makes it easier. When I go to colder climates, I layer as much as possible. Cute sandals are always easy to pack! Thanks for commenting!