May 20th, 2015

How to Pack for Two Weeks in a Carry-On: Women's Edition

How to Pack for Two Weeks in a Carry-On: Women's Edition

These helpful tricks will prevent you from over or under-packing as you prepare for your next trip.


Even the most masterful of travelers can always learn a thing or two when it comes to packing lighter, smarter, and more efficiently. Some of us are chronic over-packers who are always bringing way more clothes than necessary, while some of us are under-packers who never seem to bring enough toothpaste or socks to get through a trip. Luckily, there is a happy medium, and by following these tips, below, you can learn how to find it.

Size Up Your Carry-On

Forget checking a bulky bag. When you check a bag, there's a chance that it may not arrive at your destination. Plus, it adds time to your trip, because you have to wait for it at the baggage claim, and sometimes it even costs extra. So choose a carry-on instead.

First, make sure that your carry-on meets your airline’s standards. All Eagle Creek carry-ons are pre-approved to fit airline sizing standards. It helps if you have a bag that can be used in multiple ways, such as the EC Lync System 22. By having a carry-on that you can roll, carry, or strap to your back, you will be able to carry it in the most comfortable way possible. Make sure that you utilize all compartments of your carry-on.

Pack Clothing Carefully

When it comes to packing clothes, remember that versatility and layering are key. Pack mostly neutral-colored tops and bottoms so that each item will be interchangeable and match the others. It is best to have two pairs of bottoms (pants, shorts, or skirts) for each week that you’ll be staying. Bring four shirts per week and two jackets to layer for warmth (if you're traveling to a cool or cold destination). For a two-week trip, that means four bottoms and eight tops. Pack one or two dresses if you plan on going anywhere fancy, and bring athletic gear if you think you'll hike or exercise. Wear your bulkiest clothing items on your travel days. That means your biggest jacket and a pair of study shoes—like boots or tennis shoes—to save the space in your bag.

So your clothes don't take up a lot of space in your suitcase, take advantage of Eagle Creek's Pack-It System. It's a series of Folders, Sacs, Cubes, and Toiletry Kits that provides you with organization for every travel situation. 

  • Use Pack-It Folders to minimize wrinkles and compress clothing, such as shirts. They even come with a handy folding board. If you're packing collared shirts, be sure to alternate which way the collars face as you stack them, so the top of the stack stays even and doesn't tip in one direction.
  • Try Pack-It Cubes for pants, dresses, and skirts—roll each item for best results.
  • A Pack-It Half Cube works well for smaller items, such as bras, underwear, socks, scarves, and bathing suits.
  • The long and narrow Pack-It Tube Cube is the perfect size and shape for items like glasses, flat irons, or curing irons.
  • To store your jewelry safely, it's best to use a small or medium Pack-It Sac, which zippers shut.

Add a Personal Item

Besides a carry-on, you are also allowed to bring one personal item on your flight. Grab a tote, duffel, or backpack to carry everything that's not clothing: laptop, chargers, books, and any important documents (like a passport). It’s also smart to pack your toiletry kit inside your personal item to maximize room for clothing in your carry-on. Use a toiletry kit and the TSA approved silicone bottle set to store your shampoo, conditioner, lotion, makeup, and the like.

Having everything that you need with you while you travel is not only efficient, it’s comforting. And nothing feels better than not being the person who over-packed or under-packed—but the one who got it just right.

Related Links (to Eagle Creek blog):

Find Your Perfect Capacity Travel Bag

10 Ways to Pack 10 Pounds Lighter

7 Ways to Save Space When Packing

Recommended Products

Pack-It Starter Set

EC Adventure Carry-On

Silicone Bottle Set

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