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The strategy for a carry-on-only trip also includes a tote bag with a zipper. It absorbs all my personal items for the flight, from iPod to paperbacks to pashmina. I take a couple of envelope purses (one is tucked in my suitcase; the other is in my tote), which take up minimal space and serve for dressier occasions. The other key rules are a simple color palette -- neutrals, few prints -- and clothes that do dual duty. What to Bring IN YOUR CARRY-ON · 3 pairs of pants (two for business...
How to pack a carry-on: I used this when loading my pack for my trip to Italy and it was great. Everything was balanced and protected.