How I pack my carry-on suitcase for a short trip | Packing checklist | Justine Leconte

How I pack my carry-on suitcase for a short trip | Packing checklist | Justine Leconte


Hi, everyone its Justine. I’m in Cologne, Germany, for four days. I’ve got meetings on Friday, Saturday, Sunday is off, Monday more meetings. I’m travelling only with a carry-on suitcase. The dress code is casual, but no pajamas because it still work. So here’s what I took with me, and how I packed everything so that I didn’t have to iron anything when I arrived. Enjoy. First, I pick outfits in my closet, and I group everything by category on my bed: pajama, underwear, sweater, plus the jacket I’ll be wearing to travel which you don’t see here; knitted tops knitted dresses, the red one is to wear over pants if it’s cold and the black one is actually just as a backup just in case. I don’t actually plan to wear it. One dress to wear as a dress, the black one, two pairs of jeans, one pair of leggings, and then one fabric bag for the dirty laundry. That’s to let the fabrics breathe, but then for the trip back I will put this fabric bag into a plastic bag so that it doesn’t touch the clean things. Then one sports outfit without shoes so I’ll be looking for a yoga studio or something this weekend because I need a sport that doesn’t require shoes. A clutch, cables, camera tripod because I’ll be filming the intro for this video once I get to Cologne and as you can see I’m staying within a dark color palette. All the tops work with all the bottoms. The only exception is the red dress that doesn’t go with the sweater, but it goes with my other jacket, so it’s fine. To go with those outfits, I’m taking one pair of platform sandals, one pair of shake sneakers, plus my white minimalistic flat sandals which I will have on when I’m traveling. If you’ve seen my shoe collection video, which I will link in the corner and in the description below, then you know which ones. Shoes should not touch clothes So I put them in plastic bags to travel and then I unpack them when I arrive at the hotel. In the category Beauty and accessories, I take one makeup bag which is transparent, one bag for liquids that includes a day cream with an SPF hand Cream, BB cream, foot cream; the body cream comes with the hotel. Contact lenses, one liquid lipstick. Both bags here are transparent so I can see where each product is I don’t have to look for them in the different purses. Then jewelry will be matching my outfits. Lots of hair bands; I have hair bands in every single purse every single bag always. Face masks because I love to do masks and then watch TV when I stay in hotels I don’t have TV at home. So for me it’s like time out. The purple organza little bag is to keep all the jewelry together in one place So it doesn’t get tangled with the rest, and then you see that I keep my stud earrings, the little ones, on a hair pin So I don’t lose one because I don’t know if you noticed, but when you lose earrings It’s actually always just one from each pair, and then you’re stuck with the other one. Once everything is on my bed and I have a good overview, then the actual packing goes really fast. There are things that just stay in my suitcase like makeup removing wipes because they’re not considered liquid, a bag with toiletries, solid deodorants, Doesn’t go through security either. A brush, a pen, tissues, tea for my morning tea always tea And then I start by filling the holes with the small things I usually put the things in the same corners the same way so I always know in which corner of the jewelry is I don’t have to look for it. Those are my white sandals, and I’ll be wearing the platforms to travel after all so you’ve seen all the shoes now. I roll my pajamas to fill the gaps. I don’t care if that gets wrinkled. Then my sports clothing, first pair of jeans, leggings, second pair of jeans. Then I roll the sweater, and I keep it for later. You’ll see. Now I’m going to deal with the tops and the dresses. And I don’t want to have to iron them later so first I put them like this flaps. I just fold in this sleeve, if any, but that’s it professional packers here, even do this in a cross shape four-way and they end up with one big bundle that fills the entire suitcase. I only do it for the garments that are potential wrinkle candidates not for the rest. And then once I lay everything flat and I flatten out all the potential creases, I roll everything together Without creases take the time to do it properly you won’t regret it later. And then I will unroll and hang up the clothes from this bundle as soon as I arrive at my hotel; everything else will remain in the suitcase. I fit in the gaps again. I add the last pair of shoes and the back with the liquid which needs to be accessible at Airport security/ I am done and the other half of this suitcase is still free, awesome. That’s good if I gather documents, presentation stuff, like that during the meetings or to bring back some souvenirs. And now what’s in my purse: a mirror, antibacterial gel because I hate to touch money so I use gel to kind of clean my hands every time I pay cash, hand cream, lip balm, wallet, earphones, phone, charger, pen, mouse, microphone, camera, charger, usb stick, boarding pass, laptop, and the most important thing on this entire checklist: a well-written book in French for the evenings. If you need a visual packing checklist you can definitely Screenshot those overviews just forget about the french book So here are the overviews again all together. thumbs up if you enjoyed this video. I know that I love to look into people’s bags and bathrooms to see what products they use, how they’re organized, etc. So this video was a bit of all of that. I see you in Berlin again. And if you want to check my Instagram account here and in the description below I wrote the name as well. You’ll see some pictures of Cologne where I am right now, the city of Old Cologne. New videos every Wednesday and Sunday on this channel, so don’t forget to subscribe if you haven’t done so already and take care. Bye, bye

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    Maureen Ott

    I use only a Tumi carry on when I travel, no matter how long the trip. Last year was Ireland for 31 days. If you wash things out in the hotel sink, you're good to go, no matter the trip duration. Learned all the tricks years ago from (thanks!) one bag.com. Weaving through airports and cobblestoned streets is a breeze if you travel light! (well, actually, I don't do much weaving through streets now at 74…more like lurching, but I get there! Excellent video, Justine!

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    Alma Toledo

    I may be working out of town for 1 to 3 months. I plan to take clothes for 1 week and do combinations. Yes, I will look a bit like a photo but maybe with different blouses or accesories. Ay¡!!! Also, gym outfit, lovely sleep outfit, books, 2 lap tops (1 is android for my App Showbox), parfum samples and 1 bottle in full size, ziplocks for jewels, mk up, etc. I DO annotate lists very specific or I am lost. I love skin care and masks etc. I need to take at least 1 liquid toner for 7 skin method, plus a high quality vit C oil and eye cream. Travel planning is a true art for me grrrrr¡! I love accesories so it pains me to choose. Argh¡! Now, if I could only do a small suitcase and a carry on plus a large bag. If only….Merci Justine and all the persons comments below.

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    Maija Treimane

    I have fabric bags for shoes. Normally they come with when you buy quality shoes. And yes big bag for dirty clothes:) Rolling clothes I learned from Japanese friends. Japanese are really good with putting things in order. They pay a lot attention to detail. Traveling overseas for almost two days also teached me to choose small size cosmetic pots and bottles. For 2 day flights with long waiting hours in airports you really need comfort. In big international airports it's usually ability to use pools and showers for example Singapore and Hong Kong. Long flights are exhausting so refreshment is must 🙂

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    anjumon sahin

    Love you videos. Keep up the good work. Wanted to request for a video on different types of coats and jackets. Thanks!

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    Kimberly Conner

    I've rolled my clothes since Girl Scouts! I always try to travel with a carry-on only. Ever since working at the front desk of a few hotels, I well never ever check my luggage! I've seen so many distraught travelers checking in to my hotel asking me to call their room when their luggage arrives. Only once I saw it actually delivered. Most times they have to go to the airport the next day to retrieve their luggage! Its awful!

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    Charlotte

    Thank you so much for this and perfect timing! I am going on a long car trip tomorrow to Florida for a week! 😘😘😘 you're honestly my favorite youtuber and your voice is so soothing; whenever I'm stressed I just play a playlist of your videos and it calms me down. Not to mention you give incredible advice!

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    Carolyn Mogan

    I've been an international flight attendant for 33 years and I'm still a terrible packer! Enjoyed your simple packing style and frankly your overall easy style.I completely agree you have to put those shoes in bags, no matter where you walk its dirty on the ground. Love you channel always a pleasant experience.

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    Caro Nicasio

    Could you make a video talking about all the basics/essential clothing pieces everyone should own? I've recently cleaned out my closet and want to start dressing better but I don't know what types of things I should absolutely buy and what pieces of clothing are not the most necessary in the long run.

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    Möbius Strip

    The disposable shower caps are perfect for wrapping around shoes! It lets them breathe yet contain all the dirt so the rest of your things don't get dirty. I bought a huge pack of them for just a few bucks! If they tear or get too dirty, easy to throw into the recycle bin!

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    Catherine Palmer

    Salut! Just some added helpful information on top of your great advice. I'm a flight attendant and I'm always alert on appearance of passengers that might need extra help in case of an emergency. I'm on safety mode alert, always! One of the things I notice is that people wear very little clothes and flip flops to travel. It might be what you wear out on the streets/beach in the summer but not on an airplane. First, always dress for the season but wear lightweight slacks, a light sweater or jacket and most importantly, closed toe shoes. Casual ones will work just fine in case you need to run out of an airplane and take a plunge into darkness with debris and fire. Please, this is not a joking matter and I don't need to hear negative comments with this sound advise. This is a life saving advise. Everyday when I get on an airplane with a full flight, I'm not thinking of what to eat or when to get a break. I'm thinking of your safety! Fly'on and be blessed!

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    c.a.rowanwax

    Thanks so much for your videos! My mother loves wearing patterns, but doesn't know how to match patterns with patterns, and I have no idea since I dislike patterns and only wear them as accents. Would you be able to make a video on this topic?

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    Cristina Sanchez

    Hi Justine! I've been binge watching your videos, you cannot imagine how much I've learned 😀
    Would you do a video explaining what to look for in a good quality coat? I checked my wardrobe and most of my coats are made of poor quality synthetic materials. It would be so helpful if you could give us some advice about what to look for when buying the next time.
    Merci beaucoup!!!

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    vegeroot

    did you bring just two tops? did you feel comfortable the entire trip or was there a time you wanted something else? thanks much for sharing & I'm excited for your business success!

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    L Cecka

    Justine do you have info regarding the cloth industry of Southern France regions in the 1400's? lcecka.artistwebsites.com

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    Sylvie Perez

    Very well made. Wish I had seen it before my get away last week. But I'll be prepared for next time. Thanks again for this informative video. 😉

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    Ronda Carter

    I do not have TV at home either and I am total bourgeois on business trips. I keep the hotel room TV on constantly. I watch the hotel channel, reality shows, anything. Haha, I keep my bad TV habit only in hotels.

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    Kristine Maitland

    Good video. My only quibble is the pen in the suitcase. If it explodes the ink will ruin your clothes! I advise only a pen and keep it in your purse.

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    N R

    Hi Justine, I travel a lot and also enjoy seeing how other people pack, so thank you! Do you mind telling me the brand of your trainers?

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    Viktória Lugosi

    I love your videos and your adoreable personality! I'm addicted to your videos so THANK YOU!💕💕 for being on youtube and doing this amazing videos!❤️❤️❤️😘

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    Ria Verdolaga

    It's my first time to see tops (and dresses?) being rolled together like that, maybe I'll try it next time. As for me, I love using packing cubes, they really help me keep everything organized. 🙂

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    Stu cumins

    Hope you get to the Köln Dome, it's magnificent. Lovely light packing…makes for better travel imo. Have a great time. Regards, Deb.

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    Phantasma Monkey

    Can you make a video about packing several months worth of clothing in one suitcase for college students?

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    Veronique Ferre

    Vidéo intéressante Justine ! Pour les chaussures, j'ai fabriqué des pochettes en tissu avec un lacet pour les fermer et je les lave avec le reste du linge après utilisation. Bravo pour de Beauvoir. Ses mémoires sont un joli souvenir. Merci pour tes vidéos 🙂

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    Katalin Gerstenberger

    I love that you have the suitcase on the floor, NOT on your bed. Also, that you said shoes should NOT touch your clothes. I'm from Budapest, but live in the US and it blows my mind how people don't think about hygiene. I wouldn't even put a mailed package on my bed! Think about rolling your carry-on suitcase into an airport toilet, then putting it on your bed. Makes my skin crawl!

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    ingrid

    Yes, I love packing videos! It's so interesting to see what people take on vacation! No one except me, takes more than one purse it seems! You didn't show your purse either! I can't travel without at least four of my favorite bags! and where is your skincare? I take a rather big cosmetics bag with skin care too! Can't forget that!

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    Klaudia Maruszak

    I found your channel a few days ago and since that moment I have been watching your videos obsessively.
    Every video is amazing but this one is just wonderful. Thank you for everything ❤️

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    nuvoclassic

    Bon jour, Justine. Je m'appelle LuLu. J'habite a Chicago. Merci! Good packing video (I've seen dozens). Excellent tip describing which items you Keep in suitcase. Like you, I use hand sanitizer. I buy small  refillable gel sanitizer bottles with adjustable loop and hang on bag handles (my preferences are daypacks, satchels, and rolling backpacks). Refill sanitizer from large bottle. I keep a tiny bottle of lotion in all my bags (the Hampton Inn By7 Hilton has the  best packable shape).  I roll clothes,  use packing cubes and compression cubes (I'm plus size – so my clothes are more voluminous than ladies clothes in most packing videos). My school French is minimal but I do like to read one Flaubert book in French. Ca va!

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    Tina

    I have a pillowcase in a rather strange “off” pattern (which I won’t mistakenly put on the bed pillow) which I always use as a laundry bag when I travel.

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    Barbara Carbone

    Great vid. Never occurred to me to fill in those gaps on the bottom with all the little things….lol. Thanks.

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    Jody Glanzer

    A bit extreme but I have also chosen travel things (not the clothes) mostly in the same colour. Makes it easier to spot things that are MINE when re-packing. I know silly but for me, it works and I get a kick out of having things that go well together. Somehow makes my 'away' things feel special. I keep a bright piece of fabric (not black to get mixed in with other things – in my MINE identifiable colour) in my bag, to clip earrings to, then fold and roll. A large zip baggie for use with travelling home with wet things as I'd rather relax and have that last swim/hot tub and enjoy it rather than worry about having a wet bathing suit.

    I keep a cheap, thin but durable, fold up shopping bag in my suitcase for use at my destination. Great for shopping going to the gym, a quick grocery run, etc. Groceries? For the most part, I want my foods to be local and a fun culinary adventure but I am calculated about how I do this. I tend to shop for breakfast foods I can have upon waking and planning/getting ready for my day. (Yogurt, fruit, granola/cereal, milk) I choose to use this to save money as I am not so into eating breakfast out and keep myself functional as I get 'hangry', impatient and easily confused. Not my best foot forward. I also tend to pick up snacks (and chocolate) that can be chucked into my purse for quick foods on the go for the same purpose. They can be a nice pick me up if I can't find something else or the offerings are expensive or not to my liking.

    I have purchased silicone squeeze bottles (online), for my travel toiletries. In the correct air travel size, contents labeled (and yes in my MINE identifiable colour). Even when full, they have some give to them and after 2 years of travel, nothing has failed on me. When I return, my first thing after sleep is to refill the toiletry kit so that it is ready to pick up and go, for next time. I opt to fill them with brands that are more concentrated and less liquid so each product goes further. (Shampoo, conditioner, hair gel, moisturizer, makeup remover.) Use a clam shell soap container to fit my razor and a travel sized glycerin soap. All go into a packing cube with a mesh top (in my MINE identifiable colour). Extra Hair ties (always) and a black fabric headband that is thin fabric that can fold or roll into a band OR stretch out into a full head cover.

    Shoes in re-useable fabric drawstring, tube bags (times how ever many I am bringing). I usually nest the shoes ie. top to bottom. Laundry bag also re-useable fabric. ALL get tossed into the laundry when home and put back into the empty-ish case when clean and yes, they are in my MINE identifiable colour.

    I always pack in a carry on sized bag. It is the only one I have kept. For me, the question is just rolling versus backpack. Lately just rolling. Have been away for a month with this. Because doing laundry (or having it done) is a thing and a great way to meet locals.

    My biggest challenges so far, are travelling while it is a snowy cold type winter and rainy climates. Dealing with pet fur (to be able to re-wear things).

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    Sherry Deshazo

    Justine I'm in the United States I wanted to know are the carry on liquid rule the same over there ? Over here it is 3.4 ounces or less in a one quart bag. Is it the same there.?

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    S K

    Hi dear. Love the way of presentation. You come across as intelligent, thorough in your research, knowledgeable of the topic of interest and yet so modest, in every single video. You are so relatable ,with your applaudable sense of humour and practical advice. Your French accent and no- pretence self is adorable to watch. Also love that you are, to the point and non preachy, plus you value the viewer's time. Thank you for being an environment conscious person and inspiring with your Minimalistic ways. Want to know how are you so organised and full of clarity in your thoughts. Thanks a lot! God bless.

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    caroline d

    Your great not like alot a u tubers your down to earth and real, thanku that was a fab upload 👍👍👍💕

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    Intelgut 1

    I just love the way you speak 😊
    You are amazing and I love all your tips that you give on the channel. Love and best wishes 😘😘😘
    ❤️❤️❤️

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    Campbell Strauss

    I have the same Lenovo Yoga laptop!! Love it!! Great for traveling. Thanks, Justine…I'm going for a 4-day trip to L.A. (from San Diego) this weekend. Your tips are super helpful.

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    Claire Barnwell

    Love this video.
    Would like to know size of carry on.
    Would also like to see a video for intercontinental minimalist packing with carry on and personal bag.

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    Madd Scientist

    Tip: IF you lose one earring save it!! I have 2 piercings in one ear…this way I can always wear the 'lonely' stud……[BTW I too always lose the "good" earring~~ LOL ]

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    kubra boran

    HI! I think your white sandals in this video are from Turkey if I am not wrong, cuz this Nursace brand is Turkish.

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    iliahsaysheythere

    This was so insightful, especially for those of us that have a bad habit of checking heavy bags with so many things we will never need. Thank you!!!!

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    Christine Ellingson

    the only thing that would have made this video better for me is if you would have included a photo of yourself in each of your outfits 🙂

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    Laura Lowder

    I don't travel a lot, but this year am anticipating two week-long trips, so greatly appreciate your taking time to provide this very helpful video for us.

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    Vanny Crane

    A tipp for doing Yoga in vacation: Pack some gymnastics shoes, in german Turnschläppchen, they don‘t take space or weight in your suitcase and you can do Yoga in your room or balcony 🧘🏻‍♀️🤗

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    Elizabeth Clark

    Sunglasses – prescription and not. Contacts also.
    A scarf for your neck on the plane, an empty thermos w/your tea bag to be filled during your flight, socks for the hotel rm., extra cash.
    GREAT overview, Justine, hope the trip was fun!

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    Christina Klisari

    Haha, I love the end. Totally agree, I enjoy looking through people's wallets, kitchens.. well anywhere you'd let me look hahha. Though I do find the bags quite intrusive so unless someone would tell "hey, wanna see what's in my bag?" I wouldn't ask. But kitchen drawers and cabinet, omg, maybe a little obsession 🙃

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