When it came to packing for a week in Colombia in a carry-on, I wanted to bring only what I needed. My trip to Colombia included Medellín and Cartagena, which were two very different destinations in terms of clothing.

What to Pack For a Week in Colombia (Carry-On Only)

In Cartagena, it is more tropical — imagine a tropical destination set in a historic setting. Medellín on the other hand is much more formal and cooler temperatures due to its location. So with a carry-on only, I packed a few pieces that would fit well for each.

I found that in Medellín it was much more formal in terms of dress. Men were almost always in collared shirts and rarely did you see open-toe shoes like sandals. I dressed here as I would in NYC or SF, as most restaurants were casual to formal dress. It’s not the place to pull out your Hawaiian shirt.

In Cartagena, it is laidback where sandals and sun dresses work well here. With the coast being nearby, you would have a breeze that often picked up at night to cool down the city.

Here’s a look at what I packed for my weeklong trip.

What to Pack For a Week in Colombia (Carry-On Only)


Luggage


Tops

What to Pack For a Week in Colombia (Carry-On Only)


Bottoms


Dresses

What to Pack For a Week in Colombia (Carry-On Only)

What to Pack For a Week in Colombia (Carry-On Only)


Shoes

What to Pack For a Week in Colombia (Carry-On Only)

What to Pack For a Week in Colombia (Carry-On Only)


Swim

What to Pack For a Week in Colombia (Carry-On Only)

What to Pack For a Week in Colombia (Carry-On Only)


Accessories


Other Important Items


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