Minimalist Packing: Travel With a Carry-On

How many times have we thought about dumping our entire wardrobe in a suitcase for our upcoming vacation, overthinking we may or may not need an outfit? We’ve all been there

My idea of a perfect vacation is carrying everything I need and still be able to travel light and care-free. Shams and I took 16 flights this year and we were able to travel with our carry-on for all our trips including going half-way across the world for our 2.5 week trip.

Travel with a Carry-on

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The benefits of travel with a carry-on only.

Imagine tugging along heavy suitcases wherever you are going and always being alert about them, its exhausting! The long lines at the airports are nightmares too. There is also a fear of airlines losing your luggage. You may have to pay for checked baggage with some airlines and switching flights or airlines become difficult with heavy luggage. However, traveling in a carry-on is hassle-free, it you gives you the freedom of not checking luggage, saves your time and a lot of headaches too. You can move freely without worrying much about your belongings.

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Choosing the right carry-on

By carry-on luggage, we mean a small suitcase or backpack that you can keep in the overhead compartment and a purse or bag that can fit under the seat. Choosing the right carry-on when you are traveling for two weeks is a challenge. Look around for the right bag that can hold all your belongings, I saw a youtube blogger rave about this duffel bag until I tried it myself and can’t stop using it now. 

How to travel with a carry on – Some packing tips

When you know you have limited space you will be more mindful of what you carry, even if it’s just an extra top, shorts or things that don’t take much room. Everything adds up, so packing with the right mind-set is extremely important. Go through your packing list and strike off all items that you ‘may’ need on the trip.

Lay everything out on your bed or closet floor. Choose trousers in neutral colors that can be worn with different tops and tees to create new looks. Take one dressy top, one or two statement pieces. Versatile pieces like a black leather skirt, a white shirt, or beige pants will help you in nailing your holiday looks. The key is to make outfit combinations that you can switch up. My advice? Stick to neutrals, however a little pop of color here and there doesn’t harm.

Be very realistic when packing your shoes, No matter how tempting it is to pack your favorite heels for a beach vacay- chances are you are never going to wear it. A pair of heels, sneakers, and one pair depending on the location you are visiting will be enough. If you are expecting to do a lot of walking or excursions at your travel destination, make sure to pack a pair of comfortable shoes that you can reach for. I normally wear my sneakers on the plane just to save room in my carry on.

Solid toiletries are a boon for carry-on traveling. Pack the rest of the liquid items in sealed plastic bags. Always buy them in smaller bottles that will suffice for your trip.

Medicines can take up a lot of space and so pack only the essentials. Unless you are visiting remote places, you don’t need to carry medicines for all potential issues you may have.

Be a smart packer. You don’t need bikinis in Nepal or hiking boots in Paris. 

Be ready to do your laundry on your vacation and you will need less of innerwear. I always carry a few packets of tide detergent on our trips. Once you start getting used to packing in carry ons you will soon realize you dont need 14 pairs of inner wear for a 14 day trip.

Here are some of my favourite travel essentials:

Travel with a Carry-on

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