For a blog about Two Day travels, why would I need to know (or want to share) how to pack for 2 weeks?  Because, sometimes my Two Day Travels happen in a sequence –  a group of them together – especially when traveling long distances. Sometimes they happen as a result of being somewhere already for work or for family and adding on another couple days for my personal travels.  I find traveling with carry-on sized luggage much easier; not just because it means my luggage is always with me on a flight & rarely checked, but because it’s easier to carry around in between flights – onto trains, into a cab, on a subway, upstairs, down streets, etc. It also means I’m spending less time picking out my clothes every day and more time exploring the city I’m in!

The 3 most important things to remember when packing is to COORDINATE, LAYER, and ACCESSORIZE!

This is my planning grid, based on actual clothes I own, for a 12-day trip that included 2 evenings out. With what I have planned, I can make more than enough outfits with these clothes + doing laundry once during the trip.  Everything here can mix and match with everything else. All of the tops work with each other in layers, and they work with all of the bottoms. I picked 3 neutrals (black, white, tan) and 2 colors (fuchsia, blue).  Outfits for 2 weeks in carry-on luggage

Here is a picture, including the clothes above, of everything I packed on the trip:
(Note: the Gray Flannel scarf was swapped out for a much thinner, tan wool scarf and I dropped the fuchsia flats – they would have been fun to have, but I decided to save space for souvenirs.)

The bottom right photo is my “Going There” picture – carryon luggage, the red tote (my computer bag and what I put under the airplane seat in front of me) and my travel outfit. On the way back, I had accumulated a few souvenirs, so used the bigger white tote as my 2nd bag – still small enough to fit under the seat, but big enough to hold red computer bag + new purchases. My carry-on is a 19″ roll aboard that fits most international carry-on requirements, which are often smaller than US domestic flights.

OUTFITS BY DAY
*Only thing not pictured is the dress I brought for the theater and ballet evenings.


As you can see, I bought a new Blue Polka Dot scarf on my trip – useful, fits into the coordinating scheme, easy to pack, and it’s a fun souvenir of my trip!


While I obviously repeated items of clothing throughout the trip, I never repeated an entire outfit!

I used my red bag as my day bag around town and had the black crossbody/clutch for evenings out. The red bag was extremely lightweight, allowed me to reduce layers (scarf, sweater) throughout the day as it warmed up, and carried the souvenirs I bought while out exploring! There are only a couple things I’d do differently:
1) I wish I’d brought a few more inner layers – some black & white tank tops, for example, just for some added flexibility of layers on warmer days.

2) I didn’t realize until I started traveling that both my sweater and jacket were on 3/4 sleeves, oops! Next time, I would want at least 1 outer layer to have full sleeves.

Are you a carry-on only traveler? Let me know in the comments your favorite packing tips!

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About Cynthia Graner

I’m always looking to travel, but don’t always have a lot of time or money, so started exploring ways to take more trips for 2 Days & (mostly) under $200 at a time!

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