I've noticed a climate change when it comes to talking about packing. A few years ago, any claim that I'd managed two weeks in Paris with carry-on luggage would be met most often with incredulity. Occasionally, there would be admiration--as if for a heroic accomplishment--occasionally, and sometimes there'd even be ridicule (why ever would you want to do that?). But when Une Femme introduced the topic a few weeks ago, in preparation for her upcoming trip to Paris and Italy, many commenters insisted that the convenience of carry-on did not preclude the possibility of dressing well. I especially like ParisGrrrl's note that she packs one week's worth of clothing no matter how long she's travelling. Having eked a month out of our carry-ons the last two years, we're really going to test the system for this year's six-week trip. But the apartment we're renting in Paris is equipped with washer and dryer, so I'll be able to refresh items as needed, and I'm sure there will be some shopping to introduce variety towards the final weeks.
Duchesse's, right D?) has been re-packaged. While I grudgingly admit I'll probably get used to the new colours and design, I can't believe they never considered what a change from 100 mls.
Ditto for my contact lens solution -- I have one 100 ml. bottle, but my second is 120 ml. I've decided I'll take a chance they either won't notice or they'll let me get by with the slightly larger size (still sealed). Otherwise, I'll abandon the 120 ml and, again, pick up something in London.
Here's what's left over for Pater's bag: day cream, night cream, foundation, and a lipstick. We'll probably throw a deodorant stick in there as well, although I've found it can get through in the suitcase, not being either gel or liquid. I've also found that the (small, l'occitane) hand cream I carry in my purse, along with any lipsticks in there, don't get challenged. I'm knocking on wood between typing, and I'm always ready to squeeze these into Pater's bag or, if necessary, to leave them behind, but so far, so good . . .
So that's a peek at my carry-on . . . I've got my suitcase almost organized, and I hope to share my travel wardrobe over the next few days. Meanwhile, any tips are very welcome . . .