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I knew packing just 1 carry-on bag for my entire 6 month trip was going to be a challenge. People do it all the time, but I definitely over-estimated in my head how much room I would actually have. I shared a video of everything I packed on my youtube channel as well!

I spent the past month packing, unpacking, and repacking my bag to figure our exactly what I NEEDED and not what I wanted to bring. I sacrificed a lot (my previous “over-packing” self is shocked) but I think I finally came up with the perfect carry-on bag!

So I am using the L.L.Bean Ridge Runner Rolling Duffle. I love it because not only is it a perfect international carry-on size, it is a rolling suitcase AND a bookbag.




I also am using ebags packing cubes to roll all of my clothes into. These are a LIFE SAVER for saving space.


So, for what I am actually packing:



  • 7 T-shirts
  • 3 Tank Tops
  • 1 Athletic Tank
  • 1 Cardigan
  • 1 Athletic Zip-Up
  • 1 Kimono/Scarf
  • 1 Romper
  • 1 Pair Blue Jeans
  • 1 Pair Black Parachute Pants
  • 1 Pair Black Leggings
  • 1 Pair Jean Shorts
  • 1 Pair Cotton Shorts
  • 1 Pair Athletic Shorts
  • 1 Bikini Top with 2 Bottoms
  • 1 One-Piece Bathing Suit
  • 15 Pairs of Underwear
  • 2 Bralettes, 2 Sports Bras, 1 Strapless Bra
  • 6 Pairs of Socks
  • 1 Pair Tennis Shoes
  • 1 Pair Converse
  • 1 Pair Sport Sandals
  • 1 Belt



Etc. Travel Items

Please let me know if you feel like I am missing something or can get rid of something(s)! I hope this helps anyone pack for their trips, this has definitely taught me to pack lighter in the future.

Take-off is in one week! See you around the world!


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  1. Jess Solomon 8 years ago

    I can’t believe you fit all of that in one bag, kudos to you! I’d say as long as you will be comfortable carrying it then you should be good to go. Seems like you definitely have all of the essentials. Good luck with your travels! I look forward to reading all about it.

  2. Roseanne 8 years ago

    I use a roll-able backpack as well! haha. Definitely helps strolling through airports. And ebags are so great! Enjoy!

  3. Jenn 8 years ago

    I’m impressed that you’re bringing a hair straightener! I pretty much give up on doing anything except brushing it when I travel.

    Are there some things that you and Shae split between you? I always find that when I’m travelling with friends, we try to coordinate and minimize the duplication on things if we can share…

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