You can travel for a week with only the clothes you can fir into a carryon bag and still look great. The secret lies in savvy planning.
The following clothes should carry you through any activity:
Jacket—A blazer is always a good choice, wool for winter and linen or linen blend for summer. Plan to wear this on the plane so you don’t have to pack it. Jackets take up a lot of room in a suitcase, besides which they tend to wrinkle no matter how careful you are.
Dress pants—These should go with your blazer, and be versatile enough to wear sightseeing, out to lunch or dinner or to church. Wear these on the plane, too.
Skirt—Your skirt should be simple in design and look good with your jacket, T-shirts and tops.
Jeans or khakis—A pair of dark wash, straight leg jeans can pair with casual T-shirts or a silk blouse and your jacket with equal ease.
Tops—Two of these, a silk or linen blouse that will work with the skirt, dress pants and jeans, and a nice cotton shirt.
Shorts and swimsuit If you’re going to the beach, microfiber long johns and a sweater if you’re going skiing.
T-shirts—Long or short sleeved depending on the season. Pack three and plan to sleep in one so you don’t have to pack pajamas or a nightie.
Socks and underwear—six pairs each
Umbrella—A small collapsible one that fits into your purse.
Scarf or shawl—This can be wool challis for cold weather travel or silk for warmer months. A good way to “pack” this is to drape it around the shoulders of your jacket and wear it on the plane.
Sandals or low-heeled pumps—Don’t bother packing flip-flops for the beach, just spend a dollar to buy them when you get there. If you’re going someplace where you’ll want to dress up a bit, go for the low-heeled pumps or a low-heeled strappy sandal that looks good with your skirt and still lets you walk comfortably.
Walking shoes or boots—wear these on the plane because they will be your bulkiest shoes.
Sunhat for summer, or a felt hat or knitted cap for winter—There are some great packable sunhats on the market these days, ditto felt hats.
Besides your carryon suitcase, airlines allow you a personal item such as a purse. Choose the largest one allowed and carry your toiletries, tablet, cell phone, wallet and makeup in your purse. If your purse will hold a bit more, fit a couple of smaller clothing items or accessories there as well.
One final tip: Jeans and khakis, T-shirts, socks and underwear can all be rolled to take up less real estate in your carryon suitcase.
So there you have it! A week’s worth of clothes without having to check your bag!