The Carry-On Packing Checklist for Her

Jan 30, 2020

This carry-on packing checklist was specially designed for female travelers to help you pack lighter —carry-on only—and efficiently every time you travel. Giving you time back to focus on the adventure, not the packing.

No more “oops I think I forgot to pack a toothbrush…” moments or unnecessary things in your suitcase. Because really sis, who needs to be carrying around that extra baggage anyways! 

The Carry-on packing checklist works for a one week or a month-long trip—or even longer if you pack those versatile basic pieces you own!! You can even tweak a few items to make it work for winter or summer trips.

What You Will Need

  1. Carry-on sized backpack or suitcase
  2. Packing Cubes 
  3. Clear Toiletry Bag

Step 1

Lay it all out on your bed or floor 


  • 7 Tops 
  • 2 Dresses/Skirts/Sarongs 
  • 2 Shorts [Replace with pants for winter]
  • 1 Jeans
  • 1 Sweat/Yoga Pants 
  • 1 Comfy Lounge Outfit 
  • 1 Hoodie/Sweater [Replace with a coat for winter]
  • 2 Different Types of Bras [Pasties]
  • 7 Panties 
  • 3-7 Socks
  • 3 Different Types of Shoes [including the one you will wear on the plane NO cheating]

Extras: Bathing Suits, Bath/Beach Towel, Cold Weather Accessories, Handbags, Hats, Sunglasses, Jewelry 


  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrush 
  • Deodorant 
  • All-Purpose Cleansing Soap for Body, Face & Hair [ex: Castile Soap
  • Face Moisturizer [an oil can be used for face/body/hair] 
  • Makeup Remover [ex: a solid cleansing balm]
  • Hair Conditioner [ex: solid bar]
  • Hair Styler 
  • Sunscreen (Love this one for an added glow!)
  • Foundation/Concealer 
  • Bronzer/Blush (my fav all-in-one bronzer/blush/highlight palette here)
  • 2-3 Lipsticks 
  • Compact Eye Shadow Palette or Cream Shadow Sticks 
  • Eyeliner (The Pen Pal is my fav!)
  • Mascara 

Below are some great (clean!) travel-friendly beauty products:

Extras: Wash cloth, Hair Brush, Styling Tools, Eye Cream, Face Serums, Contact Lenses, Contact Lens Solution 



  • Passport/National ID 
  • Pharmacy/First Aid Kit
  • Vitamins
  • Tampons/Pads 
  • Cash Stash
  • Books
  • Journal 
  • Pens 
  • Reusable Tote Bags
  • Wash Bag
  • Travel Neck Pillow + Eye Mask
  • Hand Sanitizer 
  • Snacks + Mints 
  • Locks for Lockers/backpack

Step 2

Get Rolling! 

Roll everything out on your bed and place them in their respective categories.

If something is too bulky when it is rolled, then keep it folded to lay on top or under your packing cubes once in your suitcase.

Step 3

Let’s Pack it Up

  1. Wardrobe your packing cubes: 
    Place clothes of similar weights or categories in the same packing cubes to help you find them faster when getting dressed on your trip.
  2. Place your liquids in the clear toiletry bag
  3. Place your shoes in plastic bags 
  4. Begin placing things in your suitcase or backpack:
    Start with the largest items and finish with the items that have not been grouped in bags/cubes

You can see exactly how I pack my carry-on backpack in the video below:

Step 4

Relax, Breathe and Enjoy your Trip! 

And remember that it is about the journey not what you will be wearing. Ultimately you can always find and purchase anything you need or left behind at your destination.

Here you have it ladies, a carry-on packing checklist that you can reference anytime for your trip to ensure that you will be traveling light, effortlessly and fabulously but never leaving anything important behind. Feel free to comment if you thought this was helpful or reach out to be here with questions.

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Hey friend, It's Marina!

Hey friend, It's Marina!

I’m an Egyptian-born personal brand coach, strategist, speaker, certified yogi, and avid traveler.

Obsessed with living a freedom-filled life, on my terms of course, I’ve been traveling the world solo for over 10 years. I’ve experienced the wildest and most incredible things that lead me to start this platform—Livin Vivaciously.

I’m also a proud corporate fashion design dropout (yup, that life is not for me) passionate about helping freedom-obsessed women and digital entrepreneurs build their true-to-self personal brand to live with more freedom and joy.

Happy to have you in my vivacious community!

Stay Vivacious,



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