Let's Connect:


daily looks

How to Pack for a 5 Day Summer Trip in a Carry-on

April 23, 2024


Jen Marrs

Disclosure: Thank you to Nordstrom Rack and Collective Voice for sponsoring today’s post. All products were selected, purchased and worn by yours truly.

Summer trips have some-kind-of-feeling on me, anyone else? They just instantly get me excited! Take me anywhere the sun is shining, get your girl a cold beverage and toss me in some water – that is my summer jam! Today I’m so excited to share some of my most favorite items from Nordstrom Rack to pack for your next summer trip and the best part is they can all fit in your carry-on!

I don’t know about you, but for me when it comes to packing and traveling I do my best to not check in bags.. so one carry-on it is! And I have to pat myself on the back these days, I’ve mastered it! How you ask? Well it’s pretty simple, find pieces to pack that can be worn in multiple ways and for different occasions! Your travel day outfit can be worn on the plane TO your destination, and also worn on your RETURN flight home! Pack less, but pack the best! Here’s a list I love to adhere by if I’m jet setting for a 5-day Summer Trip, Carry-on Style!

Now when it comes to where to shop for these items, it’s simple: Nordstrom Rack! They have the best prices on the brands we love! It’s the perfect time to stock up on trendy and classic seasonal fashion staples like denim, linen, shorts, and sandals! A few personal favorites: Z by Zella, Kenneth Cole Reaction, Dolce Vita, Roxy, La Blanca, KUT from the Kloth and Lush! Oh and don’t forget to check out their clearance items and save big! Now that you have all the goods to complete your summer trip, here’s some outfit inspiration for how/when to wear them! Ready? Set – JET!

Z by Zella Scuba Quarter Zip [true to size, wearing M] // Z by Zella Scuba Travel Pants [true to size, wearing M] // Dolce Vita Zina Sneakers [true to size, size up if in-between] // Kenneth Cole Madison Square Luggage

When I’m hitting the ‘port for a day of travel, you can bet you’ll find me in the world’s comfiest look – from head to toe! Starting with the softest made travel set, oh my word. When I pulled this on over my head I instantly felt home. It wrapped me without suffocating me in the best way possible. Now for the toes, I always fly in sneakers.. because you never know when you’re going to need to RUN to hit your next connection[if you’ve know, you know!] …. and now my pits are sweating from just talking about it! haha! The fear of missing my flight is real, and I never fear if I’m wearing these sneakers! Not only are they extremely comfortable but aren’t they the dang cutest?!

Faherty Rib Tank [true to size, wearing M] // Roxy Shorts [true to size, wearing M] // Dolce Vita Iluma Slide Sandals [true to size, if in-between size up]

Brunch never seems to be something planned I feel, it’s always a last minute idea! So having a quick outfit to toss on[but still looks cute] is usually my go-to! +one that doesn’t take up much space, as we only have a carry-on, remember!?! This brunch look checks off all my boxes, so it was an easy slip in to the carry-on luggage 😉

La Blanca Coverup , Similar Coverups // Billabong Swimwear // Flip Flops // Similar Hats

Time to soak up the sunshine! Now that our bellies are full from brunch, nothing beats grabbing your favorite book and listening to the waves crash. Slip into your favorite swimsuit, grab that one coverup you love and I’ll meet you there! PS. Don’t forget your hat!

Lush Knit Maxi Dress [true to size, wearing M] // KUT from the Kloth Julia Denim Jacket [true to size, wearing M] // Dolce Vita Iluma Slide Sandals [true to size, if in-between size up]

If there is one thing you pack…. let it be a denim jacket. These little babies are the best travel companions! They go with every outfit and are simply the best type of jacket to bring on any trip as they are extremely versatile! Maxi dresses take no space in your carry-on and are perfect for cover-ups & dinner looks! And of course you’ve seen the sandals, they are the ones that will take you from brunch to dinner… winner winner!

Shop all the looks here! Wheels up!

share this with your best girlfriends:

Read More

All of my favorite at-home hair care and styling products!

Read More

Sweatshirt [true to size] // Shorts [size up, wearing in medium] // Sneakers [true to size] The results are in, and these Amazon shorts are a WIN! We tried ’em from size XS to Large [in all the colors of the rainbow], and over and over we’re giving ’em nothing but raving reviews! Take a […]

Read More

My favorite beauty must-haves, all in one spot!

Read More

From tasty snacks to easy, ready-to-make meals, we’re sharing our favorite Delicious and Healthy Foods from Trader Joe’s.

Oldies but Goodies

Check Out These

The newsletter you actually want to read.

signed, sealed, delivered.

© Living in Yellow. Site Credits.