One Week in a Rollaboard Suitcase
I’ve written about my ability to pack in a carry-on suitcase before, but this time I took detailed photos for the benefit of my friend who is just not a carry-on traveler. (Hi, Terri!) The hotel room lighting was mediocre, but hey, at least I remembered to take pictures this time… right before I collapsed into a jet lagged stupor.
First, start with a small rollaboard suitcase. This is the Travelpro Maxlite 2 20″ spinner. It’s not my favorite suitcase of all time, but I do love the spinner functionality. All of my suitcases will have four wheels from now on.
This is what it looks like when opened. The top section holds my traveling pharmacy, which contained everything but the hydrocortisone cream that I so desperately needed for my mosquito bites, and the gift for our friends’ daughter.
Inside, I used eBags packing cubes. I bought these on a whim when I bought the new suitcase. I thought that they would be particularly useful in separating clean and dirty clothes when on a multi-destination trip, as I was in March (two hotels in Germany, two hotels in London). The bottom layer of the suitcase is the largest of the cubes. It fills the length and width of the bag.
Layer two featured three of the eBags slim packing cubes, plus a curling iron. One cube held casual clothes, one held lingerie and pajamas and the third held the swimsuit and coverup that I never used. Why a curling iron when I never curl my hair? Because it’s dual voltage and hey, you never know. I used it once, just because I had it.
Layer three: a bag of miscellaneous toiletries; two pairs of shoes in protective bags; a hat.
Layer four: the wedged-in layer. Camera, umbrella, laptop cord, sunglasses, quart bag of liquids and one folded-up duffle bag in the event that I went on a shopping spree and needed to bring more stuff home, or in case I needed overflow because I couldn’t get everything folded back into its precise configuration.
This is what it looks like when unfolded. From left to right: two Athleta Whatever skorts; 3 pants; 2 blouses, 5 tanks and tees to layer under cardigans. Not shown: two cardigans that were left folded on the shelf.
The most amazing thing: I managed to fold it all up and get it back into the suitcase again for the flight home.
Do you have any packing tips? Share in the comments.