Packing Video | How To Pack For A Month Long Trip In A Carry On Bag


Writing to you all from Rome! We are in Europe for a month and having a blast so far. For this trip I packed everything in a carry on bag, I didn't want to worry about checking a bag with the potential of it getting lost. Especially with us moving around so much on this trip, I wanted to be very mobile. Right before I left for the trip, I made (with the help of the amazing video master Colby Hunt)  a video on how to pack for a month long trip in a carry on bag. 

One of my very first blog posts I ever created was a post (not a video) on how to pack for a three week trip to Italy. This post has been repinned on Pinterest hundreds of times and is super popular with my readers. Since that post (which I did two years ago) I wanted to do a packing video, and I FINALLY created one!! This post has been long overdue. I have been asked by so many people how I pack so light and how I fit so many outfits in one carry on bag. 

I remember when I first tried packing in a carry on bag, I was pleasantly surprised. It was for our honeymoon and Nick, my husband, kept pushing me to pack light. The fight went on for a few weeks before I finally gave in and agreed to pack in a carry on bag. Looking back, that is one fight I am glad he won. As I began packing I surprised myself. I was shocked at how many outfits I could actually fit in a small bag. I started doing research on how to pack light and watched just about every "packing hacks" video I could find. Everyone was shocked when I was done packing for our honeymoon, my family, friends, Nick and even myself! I was super proud of myself for making it happen and it felt great on the trip to only have a carry on bag. The crazy thing is, there were even a few items I brought that I didn't end up wearing and I didn't feel like I had a shortage of outfits. I realized a lot about packing from that trip. 

After much experience, I truly believe you can be stylish and have an abundance of outfits during your travels, but still managing to pack light and in a carry on size bag. I am a strong believer of packing light without sacrificing style. Ladies, you can do it all. Trust me. I (maybe like you) didn't think that packing light was possible unless you wanted to look like a "backpacker" who wears the same yoga pants and t-shirt half of their trip. Which is okay of course, but personally not my kind of travel style. I am ultra girly and enjoy looking "cute" on my trips, no matter where I am going. If you are like that too, I think you'll love this video and find it super helpful. 

I hope you all enjoy this video and I hope it encourages you to pack lighter and helps you on your next big trip!! 


I've received a ton of emails asking where I got the lavender luggage in this video, you can shop the bag HERE or click the image below! 



Flying Virgin America | Our Experience

I have flown a lot, I honestly have no clue the number of flights I have been on, and I am grateful for that. I have flown Spirit ( yuck), Southwest, Frontier (back when they were good and even now when they are not so good), United, American Airlines, Delta, U.S. Airways, Alitalia (an Italian airline) and we have even flown Aeroflot (a Russian airline). I know we still have a bunch of airlines we need to try, but we have made quite a dent in the list. I especially want to experience those high end flights like Emirates Airline or Cathay Pacific Airways that basically have the amenities of a personal hotel room. Wow would that be a crazy experience!! Another airline I had always wanted to try... VIRGIN! I was always intrigued and wanted to take a Virgin flight because of its modern and fun reputation. Richard Branson has done a phenomenal job at branding the company.

Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored.

One of my best friends and I got the chance to flew Virgin on our way to San Francisco for our girls trip. We were both so excited. We just had such a strong image in our head of the airline being different than other airlines. We pictured it being cleaner, nicer, a more fun environment and overall a more enjoyable experience. I'm so happy to say it met our expectations!

From the moment we checked in our experience Virgin America was already leaps and bounds different and more pleasurable! When you walk up to check-in, there is fun music playing at the ticket counters. NO where else have I ever seen that. It truly gets you in the mood for a fun trip or vacation! It also takes your mind from the stresses of traveling to thinking about your destination and focusing on relaxing and having a good time. I'm sure every airport is going to be a bit different, but I can speak for the Denver and San Francisco airports when I say the Virgin America employees were incredibly friendly! For example, my friend and I booked our tickets at separate times, and if you have traveled often then you know that our chances of sitting together were slim to none. We went up to the ticket counter (for both flights) and they changed our seats so we could sit together, no problem. They were so kind about it too, didn't make us feel like we were some huge nuisance. They even gave us a few options and asked if we prefer window, middle or aisle. 

Our experience on the plane was really good. It seems like so often now airlines nickel and dime you for anything and everything they can. Sometimes with other airlines (yes Spirit & Frontier I am talking about you) it feels like they care more about their pocket books than the passenger's experience and quality customer service. Not Virgin though... The main difference was the entertainment. You had a ton of free options which was so fun and made the time pass by fast! There was a screen in front of every seat, that you could order your drinks/food from, play games on, or watch movies/TV. The free features that we noticed and enjoyed were the games and TV. I played Pac-Man for half the flight! 

One other thing I noticed was the first class seats... wow. Sometimes I pass by first class and wonder why anyone would pay for it, because it doesn't "appear" much different. Well, with Virgin America the first class seats looked AMAZING! The chairs looked so comfortable and the amount of physical space they had was legit. Made me want to upgrade asap!

I have put together a video to show you a bit of our experience on our very first Virgin America flight. It will not be our last, we loved it. In the video you'll see a glance at first class, and all the entertainment I was telling you about! Enjoy the video:

Thanks for reading! Comment below and share with me your favorite airline and why!