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10 days in a carry-on

How much stuff can you stuff in a carry-on?

Could you pack all you needed for a ten-day trip in one carry-on bag? Flight attendant Heather Poole can. See the packing slide show on the New York Times web site.

I’m a sucker for tips on how to travel ultralight. Heather takes a lot more clothes for ten days than I took on my last two-month trip, but she travels without all of the stuff that weighs me down: netbook, camera, tape recorder, notebooks, books, and hair products.

Here’s what she packs:

  • 3 pairs of shorts
  • 3 pairs of dress pants
  • 1 skirt
  • 3 pairs of casual pants or jeans
  • 3 nightgowns
  • 3 bathing suits
  • 1 sarong
  • 3 lightweight sweaters
  • 4 dresses,
  • 10 casual shirts
  • 6 dress shirts
  • a clutch (men-this means a small purse)
  • toiletries
  • 2 pairs of shoes.
  • She wears the third pair of shoes, as well as jeans and a longer sweater.

That’s a lot of clothes (and I’m amazed that she needs 16 shirts, not to mention 3 nightgowns!). Her secret is that she rolls everything tightly. Wish I could roll my computer and my books into a tight cylinder.