How to Pack for New York City in a Carryon 

I did it. I achieved the impossible. I packed for a 4 day trip to New York City in a carryon.

I just got back from the city last night, and enjoyed every single moment of the experience. I’ll post what we did, where we stayed, and what we ate in a future blog post! 📷🚖

Anyways, back to only bringing a carryon. Why even try to attempt such a thing? Well, I wanted to save money and avoid the hassle of checking in a bag. Plus, it was a personal challenge that I wanted to try.

Whenever I go on a road trip, I usually pack almost everything I own. Like, seriously. I just can never decide what boots to bring or which sweaters I’ll want to wear, so I’ll just bring them all, because I can. So this was definitely a challenge for me!

First, I decided to plan out every outfit I was going to wear. This way, I didn’t pack extra. I packed only ONE extra outfit, just in case I were to spill something on one of the other outfits. This worked out really well. Now, it’s still pretty cold in New York. Therefore, I had to pack bulky sweaters and scarves. If you’re visiting New York in the summer, a carryon will be even easier to achieve!

Secondly, I laid everything flat in my carryon. When I first packed my clothes, I left everything folded, and it just wasn’t working out. Then, I decided to unfold everything and lay it all flat. I couldn’t believe how much space that saved!

Next, I only packed three pairs of shoes (choose wisely and comfortably) and set my Hunter rain boots aside to wear on the plane. (Check the weather before you pack: I knew New York was expecting rain, so that helped me decide what boots to wear.) Always wear your bulkiest items on the plane. So instead of packing my coat, I wore it (or held it) on the plane.

The TSA limits how many liquids you can bring, so this really helped me limit how many toiletries I packed.

You’re also allowed one “personal item” with you on the plane. I recommend bringing a large purse. This way you can fit extra items like a small umbrella, makeup, etc.

Honestly, when I go back to New York one day, I will pack a carryon again. It was actually less stressful bringing fewer things. I love the freeing feeling of simplicity! Next time you fly, I urge you to take my carryon challenge! You might surprise yourself! 😊

Author: Julia

My name is Julia and my name means "youthful." I believe in imagination. I believe in spontaneous adventures, even if they are small. Here at The Youthful Home, we love a big cup of green tea, a white sundress, home cooking, and a whole lot of Jesus. We invite likeminded friends to visit and stay awhile. Welcome to The Youthful Home.

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