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Carry-On Chic: How to Pack a Carry on Bag for a 5-Day Mexican Beach Getaway

Packing for a 5-day beach vacation in Mexico using only a carry-on might sound like a challenge, but with some clever strategies, it's not only possible but also quite liberating. The key is to focus on versatility, layering, and multi-use items that can mix and match to create different outfits for every occasion. Here’s how to do it:


Beach Vacation Carry On Essentials List:

  • Tops: 4 short sleeve or tank tops and 1 lightweight sweater or jacket for cooler evenings.

  • Bottoms: 4 pairs of shorts, skirts, or skorts in neutral colors for easy matching.

  • Dresses: 3 versatile sun dresses that can be dressed up or down.

  • Swimwear: 2 swimsuits with cover-ups for poolside lounging and beach activities.

  • Footwear: A pair of walking shoes for exploring, sandals for casual wear, water shoes for aquatic adventures, and flip-flops for the beach.

  • Undergarments: 6 changes of underwear to keep fresh throughout your trip.

  • Accessories: A hat and sunglasses to protect from the sun, and a couple of statement jewelry pieces to accent evening outfits.

  • Others: An eco-friendly collapsible water bottle, travel-sized toiletries and makeup, and a foldable beach bag for day trips.

How to Pack Your Carry On:

  1. Use Vacuum Bags: For the bulk of your clothing, use vacuum bags to compress and organize. This method drastically reduces the volume of your clothes, allowing you to fit more into your carry-on. Remember to leave a little space for a small hand pump to re-compress your bags for the return journey or in case TSA needs to open the bags.

  2. Roll and Layer: For items not going into vacuum bags, roll them to save space and prevent wrinkles. Layer these rolled items around the vacuum bags in your carry-on.

  3. Wear the Bulkiest Items: To save space in your carry-on, wear your bulkiest items, like walking shoes and the lightweight sweater or jacket, during your flight.

  4. Smart Shoe Packing: Pack your flip-flops, water shoes, and sandals flat at the bottom of your carry-on. If there’s room, tuck small items like socks, underwear, or chargers inside your walking shoes.

  5. Toiletries and Makeup: Use a clear, quart-sized bag for your toiletries and makeup to comply with TSA regulations. Opt for travel-sized items to save space and avoid spills.

  6. Beach Bag as Personal Item: Use your beach bag as your personal item on the plane. This can house your eco water bottle, travel documents, a book or tablet for entertainment, and any snacks.


Now, for the secret weapon – the TravelArim 22" Carry On Luggage, a treasure trove of organization and convenience for just $85. This compact powerhouse fits the 22x14x9 inch airline standard and boasts a hard shell to protect your treasures. Inside, find expansive zippered compartments and, on top, a nifty cosmetic case for your beauty bits and tech toys. With 4 spinner wheels, this case whirls around with a feather touch, and the tech-friendly pockets make on-the-go charging a breeze.



Bright teal 22-inch carry-on hard-shell suitcase with a matching cosmetic case attached to the telescoping handle, featuring multi-directional spinner wheels, a front compartment with a USB port cable, an insulated cooler pocket, and a TSA-approved lock, set against a white background


By following these tips, you'll be able to pack efficiently for your Mexico beach vacation without the need to check a bag. Not only does this save time at the airport, but it also makes navigating your destination easier. Enjoy your trip with the peace of mind that comes from knowing you have everything you need, all neatly packed in your carry-on.


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