This piece of advice got me thinking... how long could I last using one carry-on?
A large carry-on bag could hold, if packed correctly, about a dozen items plus essentials like shampoo (trial size) and travel documents, etc. Say you are going somewhere with one carry-on. You get to pack 12 clothing/shoe/accessory items. What would you bring, and how long could you last without repeating an exact outfit, not counting your plane outfit?
Hayley's Dirty Dozen:
- black v-neck tee shirt
- printed blouse
- chiffon cami
- khaki mini-skirt
- white jeans
- dark straight-leg jeans
- black sundress
- flat metallic leather sandals
- black wedges
- white blazer
- bright scarf
- statement necklace
Sight-Seeing in Rome
Seafood dinner in Cinque Terre
Day at the Uffizi
Cafe Za-Za in Venice
Audience with the Pope
Cruise to Capri
Shopping in Milan
Alexanderplatz Jazz Club
Eight outfits with twelve pieces! Not too bad. And I didn't even cheat by just taking Outfit 7 and throwing on the scarf. If you are willing and able to re-wear items (everyone should be, and is), you can truly pack light and live light. Here are a few principles that made this Dirty Dozen a success:
- all neutral bottoms and neutral outerwear
- one flat and one high sandal, both dressed up or down
- a scarf replaces a necklace
- neutral dress, dressed up or down
- prints that are few but flexible
- comfortable shoes and washable pieces (except blazer)
If you could squeeze in one more top or a few pieces of jewelry, maybe even a belt, you could smash out a handful more awesome combinations. And all these outfits were classy, appropriate, and relatively comfortable.
What would be in your Dirty Dozen?