The Carry-On Challenge- 8 Tips For Packing Light Without Sacrificing Your Style. 


Hey guys! First of, I want to say thank you for all the birthday love this past weekend! I was lucky enough to get some time off work to celebrate my birthday with my best friend at an All-Inclusive resort in Cabo San Lucas! I had an amazing time and couldn’t have asked for a better travel buddy.

Overpacking is a common problem with many travelers. I am guilty of over packing in the past, which is why I challenged myself to only take a carry-on for this trip. To avoid baggage fees, wasting time at baggage claim, and be in-and-out of the airport when I arrive. I’m happy to share that I DID IT!

Here are some helpful tips that I used when packing along with my list of what I packed.

  1. Don’t throw random pieces in your suitcase– I knew I would be laying out by the pool or beach most of the time, so I packed pieces that can transition from the pool to having lunch at one of the restaurants.
  2. Roll, don’t fold– it saves up so much space!
  3. Use your handbag as storage– I place my jewelry, brushes, or socks inside the purse.
  4. Shoes at the bottom of suitcase– one pair of dressy sandals, flip-flop for pool area, and comfortable sneakers or flats.
  5. Plan your outfits– lay them out on the bed and choose pieces that you can mix and match
  6. Carry your hat
  7. Downsize Toiletries and limit cosmetics– save those free samples for travel or purchase empty containers and fill them with your products.
  8. Use your purse- I placed my makeup bag, camera, sunglasses, and skin care products in my purse.

My Packing List For Beach vacation-

  • 3 pairs of shorts
  • 3-4 tops
  • 2 maxi dresses
  • Romper or Casual day dress
  • 2-4 swimsuits- I like to switch it up
  • 2-3 cover-ups
  • Flip flops, flat sandals, and pair of heels (in neutral color)
  • Small purse- choose a neutral color
  • Sunglasses and hat
  • Evening dress- in case you decide to go out to a nice dinner or dancing outside the resort

I packed this beautiful floral off-the-shoulder dress from Shein for our trip! The fit, length, and quality of this dress is amazing. I can’t wait for summer to wear it again!


I hope these tips help you for your next trip! Would you ladies add anything else to my list?

Thanks for stopping by!

Xo, B!

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Hi, I would first like to welcome you to Windy Style! My name is Brenda, I am a lifestyle blogger born and raised in Chicago. Although I love my career as a Registered Nurse in the ICU, Windy Style was created with the everyday girl in mind. A place where I can share my endless passion and love for all things Fashion, Beauty, Fitness and Travel. Welcome to my world! I hope you find some inspiration and courage to try something new!

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