Note: the title says one carry-on, but airlines call purses carry-ons too. So maybe it's actually two... we can all debate that issue later ;)
Like I mentioned yesterday, I absolutely refuse to pay any extra fees to check my luggage! It's okay... because packing seven outfits into a single small bag is as easy as one simple equation:
2 versatile bottoms (skirts are smaller) + 2 pairs of flat shoes (dressy & sandals) + 2 pairs pj's + 1 dress + 5 tops +unlimited underwear and accessories= one full suitcase*!
*I promise, this works! I just went on a vacation using this packing equation.
Before you tell me that the above isn't adding up... You'll be wearing one top, a cardigan, a comfy pair of shoes, and a pair of jeans for travel (because jeans take up the most room). Plus, you'll carry a giant purse with all of your toiletries and make-up inside. Each of the three bottoms will be worn twice (trust me, it's okay) and each top will be worn once. If a workout is in the cards, go for shorts and tanks over pants and pack the tennis shoes inside a shoe bag first.