What to pack to a tropical destination (using one carry-on suitcase)

I managed to pack for a 2 week holiday in Tulum and Cuba using just ¾ of my carry on. Say whaaat? Yes, it is possible to go minimalistic and still rock those #OOTD photos. I thought about hitting ASOS and buying whole new outfits for this holiday but I realized I’d rather get creative with my existing summer staples and save space for souvenirs – and I’m so glad I did!

If you’re heading to a beach destination soon and you’re looking for some packing inspiration, keep on reading!

Tulum Travel Guide - IN BETWEEN LATTES

Inside my carry-on

  • Tops (4)
  • Shorts (3 pairs)
  • Beach Dress (1)
  • Swimming suit (2)
  • Underwear
  • Sandals (1 pair)
  • Flip flops (1 pair)
  • Straw Hat (1)
  • Beach tote (1)
  • Small shoulder bag (1)
  • Sunglasses (1 pair)
  • Others: Camera gear, toiletries, chargers, jewelry, etc

Total: 17+ items and 1/3 of empty space!

Airplane outfit (rule of thumb: wear the heaviest items on the plane!)

  • Jeans
  • Long-sleeved blouse
  • Cardigan
  • Sneakers

What are your must-haves beach holiday items? Are you a light or heavy packer? I’d love to know.

Maria xx


(1) Comment

  1. Great tips!

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