One Weekend, One Carryon: Packing tips from LuxeTips

Just in time for the Memorial day holiday, and with checked baggage fees not getting any cheaper, we asked Latoicha Givens Founder of LuxeTips, a lifestyle website providing tips on beauty, fashion, and travel to show us how to pack a carryon bag for a weekend getaway while still creating luxe looks that are affordable.

Here's How She Packs for a Weekend Trip

When it comes to packing for a weekend trip, I have it down to a science. After having my luggage lost 3 times when checking it in, I decided if I could not put all of my things in a carry-on, it had to stay home. My standard rule for packing for a weekend trip is two outfits per day, along with packing shoes and accessories that are interchangeable and compliment every outfit. Everything shown below fit into my shoulder weekend bag.

DAY 1

Traveling Outfit

This is what I wore on the airplane. The shirt is from Forever 21. The white linen pants are from Target. I have these pants in tan and black. They are lined and awesome! The wedges are Guess and I purchased them for only $24.99 from Ross. The authentic vintage python bag is a gift from my adopted Aunt. Her style is timeless. I love that python bag.

Night Outfit

This is the DVF dress I purchased from The Lucky Exchange for only $35. I paired it with my Chinese Laundry platforms and silver accessories. After walking in the wedges all night and dancing. I wore a pair of silver Chinese Laundry flats that were a life saver. The Chinese Laundry platforms and silver flats are from Ross and were $20 and $12 respectively.

Packing Tip: Try wearing your heaviest pair of shoes on the plane, this saves a lot of room in your carry on along with reducing the weight of your bag. You can always take them off during the flight and slip on flats. Use a shoe bag, plastic bag, or shower cap to cover any shoes that will go in your carry on, this keeps them from coming into direct contact with your clothes.

DAY 2

Day Outfit

I knew Day 2 would be packed with activities so I wanted to be casual but really cute. The striped dress is from my favorite boutique, K-La. It was only $35. The earrings were gratis via K-La boutique. I purchased the dress on my birthday during Mother’s Day weekend. They were giving away free earrings with purchase. Score! I paired this outfit with the python bag and wedges.

Night Outfit

I went for a comfortable but sexy look. This 100% silk Kimchi Blue dress was only $30 at The Lucky Exchange and it is in mint condition. It was perfect for a night of concerts. It is lightweight, comfy and gorgeous! I decided to ditch the platforms that night and simply wear my silver flats.

Packing Tip: When packing accessories there are a couple of things I like do to keep them organized and secure. For my earrings, I like to pack them in a pill case to keep them organized and in one place. For larger pieces like bracelets and necklaces, I take a small hand towel and arrange my necklaces, and bracelets neatly on it. I then roll the towel and use hair elastics to secure both ends of the rolled towel. This keeps my necklaces from getting tangled.

DAY 3

Day Outfit

This day I wanted to be a bit more casual because we were going to a BBQ restaurant. I purchased the skirt from Target for $20 and it is the cutest skirt ever! It is has pleats in the fronts and pockets. The striped shirt is light and loose and I purchased it from Ross for only $8. I wore my silver flats and chilled that day. This is now my favorite outfit!