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NYC Essentials for Budget Flight Sized Carry-on

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NYC Essentials for Budget Flight Sized Carry-on

Budget flight packing list to NYC aka 5 days in NYC living out of a backpack.

Yes, my boyfriend and I booked our flights on the infamous budget airline.  Instead of paying an extra $75 to check a bag or have a decent sized carry-on, I decided to give myself a “personal item” challenge.  I have backpacked quite a bit through Asia and backcountry trails in MI, so I am used to narrowing down to essentials.  I love not needing a lot, and packing for travel always reminds me of how little I need.  When I do occasionally find myself lacking something, there is usually a store or a generous person close by.  However, as a style conscious person in NYC, I feel like my backcountry packing “Who cares what I look like or smell like” philosophy doesn’t apply.  I had to find a balance between packing enough to have a varied number of outfits/looks while still being able to fit everything in a small personal item/bag.

What are the NYC essentials?

1.   Comfortable walking shoes - I just used my REI end of the year dividend (love free money) to get a pair of SeaVees sneakers.  They are lightweight, cute, and breathable.  

2.   Lip stick - it is small and compact and can change an outfit.  I am bringing at least 2 shades.

3.   DL1961 Jeans - I can wear jeans every day and will in NYC.  DL’s are made in the US, use American grown cotton, and won’t stretch out.  They’ll look fresh and new every morning I put them on. 

4.   Secondhand leather jacket - it’s warm but not too warm, fitted but can still slip an extra layer underneath, and water resistant but breathable.  Plus, I feel like a B.A. wearing it.

5.   Patagonia Sling Bag - this bag travels whenever I do.  It is perfect for holding just the right amount of stuff: lipstick, wallet, passport, compact jacket, phone, book/journal and sometimes even an SLR camera, too.  I like that I always feel like my things are close to me.  If I am feeling a little sketch, I will even wear the bag in front of me for extra security.

Throw in some tops, underwear, BB cream, toothbrush, a bar of soap, dry shampoo, and I am set for a few days in NYC.

In case security wants to know what is inside your bag... label it.  "This bag contains my face."

In case security wants to know what is inside your bag... label it.  "This bag contains my face."

Behind the scenes; this is how I really pack.  

Behind the scenes; this is how I really pack.