July 2, 2014

How to pack a carry on bag like Mary Poppins or Hermione Granger

Jess from Stamp in my Passport is a lover of lattes, back porch sitting, the Atlanta Braves (and baseball in general), reading, exploring new places, typography, over-sized sunglasses, traveling by train and making new friends. My kind of girl, aside from the whole baseball thing (Go Jays! lol) Today she is sharing something that I am absolutely no good at, packing. I think I should take some notes...

Hi everyone! I'm Jess and I blog at Stamp in my Passport. I'm a recent college grad living in Florida and I write about travel, cooking for one, books and decorating my first apartment. One thing I do pride myself on is being able to pack a lot into a small-ish bag.

Let's face it, TSA is ruled by a man because they do not understand all of the luggage women want to take on vacations. Sometimes it is almost seems worth driving a long distance just so you don't have to comply with their long list of rules and try and pack your life into two bags, one of which is most likely going to cost you an extra $25. And don't get me started on the liquids rule. It takes more than a quart-sized bag of liquids, gels and aerosols to keep me looking presentable in public.

Two weeks ago I had the pleasure of flying Southwest and now I know why everyone raves about America's budget airline. I was sold at "two free checked bags." Which allowed me the luxury of only traveling with my purse, which easily fits under the seat in front of me and does not have to be manhandled into the overhead bin.

So what did I bring to make the four hour flight + layover enjoyable?

+EOS lip balm
+two lip sticks
+contact case
+Melvita floral spritz to wake your face up
+Folder for boarding passes and reservation confirmations
+not pictured: sweater and water bottle 

All of that in one purse with room to spare. My number one rule is to always have an empty water bottle with me to refill after going through airport security because I think it is ridiculous to pay $5 for a bottle of water. It's highway robbery. Snacks are also a must-carry item for me. There have been too many occasions when my layover is .2 seconds long and I don't have time to buy an overpriced sandwich. (Note: Las Vegas has a Pei Wei in concourse C and is always worth the splurge.)

I also brought some of my Birchbox samples. The Fresh Feet wipes make your feet feel perfect after wearing sandals on the plane and the Coola sunscreen was just enough for my impromptu day at the pool.

Great tips, thanks for sharing Jess!

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  1. Love this post, Jess! I love that you say the rules were basically made by men because woman travel with more, so true. I took the plane with the bf the other day and he literally had like 4 items and I had two full bags with me on the plane. I had never thought of bringing a face spray, I will have to add that to my list :)

    1. Thanks Camila! Sometimes when I'm trying to pack for a flight I really wish I was born a guy so I wouldn't feel the need to cart all of my worldly possessions with me wherever I go. And I absolutely love the face spray, especially as a way to wake you up after a long flight.

    2. I am the worst packer in the world. I put so much in my carryon and don't use half of it during the flight! Kudos to you Jess, and thanks for sharing!

  2. This is amazing!! Will you come pack for me now? I'm horrible at packing.. Btw I'm a Braves fan too!!


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