How to Fit Everything You'll Need for a Summer Getaway Into a Single Carry-On

The year was 2001, and after traveling for nearly 22 hours packed like cattle in the back of economy class, I finally landed in Australia ready to begin my exotic vacation. Unfortunately, I arrived alone; my 50-pound duffle I'd checked earlier remained lost at my hometown airport for over a week. Dressed in my filthy airplane sweats, I swore to myself and the luggage gods I would never check another bag. Twelve years later with over 20 extended trips under my belt, I'm still a strictly carry-on-only girl. It is possible to still look stylish and have a variety of options all packed into one easy bag for a two- to three-week trip.  It's hard to quit the check-in—but once you do, you'll never look back.

Click through for the essential items you need for a glamorous getaway, all of which can fit easily into a carry-on bag.

Carry-On Luggage

There's a reason this duffle is called the Mother Lode; it fits an incredible amount of clothing inside. I've had mine for five years and it still looks brand new. Meanwhile, the bright travel tote on the right works great as both a second carry-on and a purse for your entire trip. It's lightweight and easy to organize.