I flew out of Detroit (3+ hours away from where I live, but come on, I saved myself like $300) and as it goes, the cheapest way to get from Detroit to Vegas and back is with Spirit Airlines. Spirit is notorious not only for their cancelled flights and sub-par customer service, but also their abhorrent baggage fees. HOWEVER, I digress because this airline is an ultra-low cost carrier (ULCC) which means that they offer the bare bones of flying in order to pass on the savings to us consumers – hence why flying out of Toronto or Buffalo with airlines such as Air Canada or United were basically double the price.
With the bare bones pricing comes add-ons that cost way more than they ever would on a regular airline. My flight from Detroit to Vegas, for example would have cost me $36 each way to check luggage OR bring a carry-on. That’s right, they even charge for a carry-on. SO my goal was to fit all I needed for 4 nights into my small personal item (which is free). So without further ado, here is how I fit 4 nights of necessities into one small backpack.
FIRST, I had to measure my backpack because apparently Spirit is a stickler for ensuring that your personal item falls within their guidelines. Good news is, the backpack I had already been using for every single vacation I have been on met the requirements. It’s old, it’s worn, but it does its job.
SECOND, I had to pick out my outfits. In order to maximize space in the backpack I had to ensure that every outfit had a purpose and I was only going to bring one extra outfit for some choice. All of the outfits that I chose were dresses because (1) they will take up less room than a shirt and shorts, and (2) I am just really too lazy to pick out both a top AND a bottom.
THIRD, I had to figure out whether rolling them together or separately was going to take up the least amount of room. Ultimately, rolling them together took up the least amount of space so I took my outfits from widest to narrowest, layered them, and rolled them up like a burrito. Side note: Always roll your items, it prevents creases and takes up less room.
FOURTH, toiletries. I had to ensure, again, that every single item I chose was going to be used. I used by trusty toiletry bag from F21 (I mean come on, how cute is it) and started picking out only the essentials to put in. All I brought for makeup was primer (because Vegas is hot as balls), foundation, cc cream, small eye shadow pallet, mascara, highlighter, ONE lipstick, and finishing powder. I then put the other necessities in such as deodorant, face wash, moisturizer, and a tooth brush. I didn’t pack any shampoo or conditioner because I figured I would use whatever the hotel gave me.
FIFTH, I had to pack the rest. I knew I would be needing heels so I packed a pair of those (which I only wore once because my feet swelled up to the size of hams), a curling iron (which I never used), a comb, my hair towel, a protein shaker, and protein. I also packed my passport and money into my Kate Spade clutch for easy access.
I FELT LIKE A CHAMP when I was done packing. Previous trips where I have brought a full-size carry-on, I have struggled to fit everything in. I thought it would take a miracle to pack everything I needed in a personal item, but it turns out all it took was some strategic planning.
Have you ever packed for a long-weekend in only a backpack? Where did you go?