I spent over 150 hours traveling last year – 5 outfits always in hand luggage

I’ve always joked that I’d live my life out of a suitcase if I could. While it’s theoretically impossible with the state of my closet, I’m as close as I’ll ever get. After 24 years of long-haul travel and more airline miles than a Victorian child could ever imagine, I’ve perfected the art of packing thanks to smart, thoughtful outfit choices that last me a week and a half that fit in just a carry-on suitcase.

Since worldwide shutdowns almost two years ago, 2022 was a return to travel for me. In total, I racked up over 150 hours on the road, including going to Japan to see family, meeting up with friends in Spain, and taking road trips through California and New York. If I hadn’t got packing down to a science at this point, I don’t know how I would have done it.

With the amount of airline changes and baggage delays these days, no one needs infinitely more stress when it comes to packing for a weekend trip if your luggage gets lost. Although it hasn’t happened to me yet (fingers crossed!), the number of horror stories I’ve seen on social media has prompted me to pack a few days worth of clothes that I always carry with me.

Below are the foolproof outfits I pack whenever I escape the city and travel somewhere new.

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