Like Tetris for grown-ups.
If you've ever experienced the long wait at baggage claim or had your luggage lost by an airline, you'll know that the convenience of travelling with a carry-on is worth getting resourceful with your packing skills.
Packing a carry-on is a fine art. Whittling down a heavy load into a tight edit of travel essentials does require some ruthlessness, but it breaks the habit of overpacking and will allow an easy-breezy airport experience.
Want to know the secrets to mastering the art of the carry-on? No one better to school us in travelling light than influencer and ever-beach-bound-babe, Jodie Wood. She picked up some must-haves from NEXT's Holiday Shop before jetting off on hols.
Scroll on to see her hacks and shop pieces to help you travel light—without feeling like you're missing something important.
Plan Your Schedule
It may seem a bit laborious, but writing out everything you plan to do on your trip—whether it’s long days spent at the beach or fancy evening dinners—will ensure that you cover all bases, but nothing more.
Transparent tote, €42, SHOP
Scoop swimsuit, €37, SHOP
Buy Travel-Size Beauty Bits
Not exactly a groundbreaking tip, but sometimes packing so last-minute can lead to throwing in normal-size makeup and toiletries anyway, which are heavier and take up a lot more space. You can also run the risk of having your favourite foundation commandeered by security.
Brights Matte Lipstick, €7.50, SHOP
Eau Nude 30ml Eau De Parfum, €10.50, SHOP
Pack Statement Accessories
When space is limited, instead of throwing in tons of random clothes, tactically pack statements accessories and jewellery that you can mix and match to change up and elevate any look. 60s-style shades and hair accessories work for both day and night dressing.
Tortoiseshell Effect Oval Sunglasses, €15.50, SHOP
Headband, €7.50, SHOP