I'm a carry on person. I used to be a kitchen sink/shoe person (I love shoes) until two trips ago to Couples. This is how I work it. We stay for ten days. All of my hair products go into those three ounce bottles you can buy at drugstores etc. You can get away with using the liquid soap supplied in the room, but I doubt most women can get by with the shampoo/conditioner supplied. I make sure I pack at least three, 3 0z bottles of each. Also a three oz tube of face sunblock. I take a small bottle of Moroccan oil and a good leave in conditioner also in a 3 oz bottle. Same with face moisturizer. Lip gloss, liquid eyeliner and mascara. I don't use liquid foundation so no need for that. Toothpaste, in a small travel size, and mouthwash and a small travel size liquid laundry detergent go into the Hubs quart bag. You will be surprised how much you can jam into one of them! He doesn't need as much room in his quart bag so I kind of take it over. When I learned that moist towelettes do not count as liquids, that was where the makeup remover/bug repellant/wipes came into play! We buy sunscreen at the resort, I know it's a little on the expensive side, but we get a resort credit and any other type toiletries we need, we use the credit. It's worth the peace of mind for me to have my bag with me and not have to worry about it being lost or having to drag all that baggage everywhere. I am also a fan of the gigantic handbag. I have a few really big ones and I usually shove all my swimsuits, dry makeup, medicines, sunglasses, ipod, kindle, costume jewelry, and pens into it, (don't forget pens because other passengers on the plane will act like you are asking them for their first born if you forgot a pen and need to borrow one to fill the out the forms they hand you). I usually bring pens for the masses now because I know what it felt like not to have one! But I digress...back to packing. Remember, what won't fit in your carry on, will fit in your handbag if you make sure it is a large one! I usually carry a tote and it also serves as a beach bag for the rest of the week! Because of weight restrictions (usually 30 lbs) I put everything in the carry on and it goes on the scale, if it's over the weight limit, it goes in the tote. Since I wear a uniform most of the week, I like to wear dresses while on vacation, I make sure that they are light weight and do not wrinkle easily (really, who wants to iron on vacation?) I bring 7 or 8, and a skirt and a few tops. I bring a few tanks and shorts to work out in and make use of the laundry service. I roll my clothes, they fit better in the carry on. Shoes. I pack black heels and brown wedges, or whatever will look good with the dresses I am bringing, but I limit it to two pairs. I have never remembered the shoes anyone else wore to CSA so I doubt they remember mine either. Then I pack a few pairs of dressy sandals, and flip flops for the beach. They take up barely any room. The only handbag I bring is the tote I will use on the beach. I'm sure if you wanted to bring a handbag, it would fit in the carryon, but I just don't feel the need to. Lingerie and socks takes up barely any room. I do bring a flat iron. Also a shower puff. Honestly, most people are in a bathing suit and cover up all day. At least we are, and then a nice dress or skirt for dinner/going out. I think pants and jeans are too uncomfortable while there, so I don't pack them. Some folks pack a sweater. I never get cold there so I don't. Even though it is a PITA at the airport, I wear my sneakers on the flight, they take up too much room. I do a trial run through in August for my trip during Halloween! 160 days and only two months until the trial run! Woot Woot!
There is no unhappiness like the misery of sighting land (and work) again after a cheerful, careless voyage ~Mark Twain