There are some changes to the AG&HT world coming up real soon, but before all of that I’ve got to decompress from the whirlwind trip I just took. I (along with the Russky, of course) spend the past week making my way through various Midwestern airports in order to spend some time in Indianapolis and Milwaukee.
Not being… super cosmopolitan, shall we say diplomatically… getting to both cities required more connecting flights and bus trips than I’d care to undertake in a five-day span
As my backpack jostled against my back while searching for our adorable hostel or trying to catch a connecting bus, I thanked my lucky stars that I’d planned out my packing list to the very last detail and continued the carry-on only packing trend. I managed to stuff five days worth of items (for a wedding in the autumnal Midwest, no less) in nothing more than a tiny, off-brand backpack.
How? I did my research, looking into what other adept travelers thought was necessary as compared to what I might add or subtract. I found a lot of great ideas that helped me further shape my personal brand of minimal life/travel.
My travel must-havesNo matter where I’m going or how much I’m packing, I always have these items:
That being said, some of the resources I perused, I had to laugh at. Their week-long packing lists contained more clothing items than my entire wardrobe. (I don’t care where you’re going, you do not need more shirts than days, especially if you’ve also packed seventeen dresses.) Eventually, though, I managed to find some posts that not only guided my packing in concrete terms, but also in a guiding, philosophical way.
Are you thinking that I’m over-thinking my packing? You might be right – but I can assure you I had no stress when I was traveling.
So if you’re into that kind of thing (less-stress travel), have a gander at these carry-on packing only tips from people far more adept at travel and packing than myself! Because there are so many different travel styles,it can be almost impossible to find a list/resource that really speaks to you personally. So here’s a big resource list that – hopefully! – will lead you in the right direction when planning on just a carry-on!
Gear/Products for Your Carry-On
Ever in Transit’s Weekend Packing List, with an absolutely brilliant thought-experiment to go along with it!
Top 10 Travel Essentials from the Gallivanting Bean.
Carry-on Packing Essentials, from Her Packing List.
How to Save Space Packing Clothes, from the blogger at Adventure at Work.
To Cube or Not to Cube, a helpful breakdown of whether you really need packing cubes or not.
Packing Light Tips, from Tortuga Backpacks.
How to Pack Your Hand Luggage.
Specific Carry-On Packing Lists
Paris in the Winter, all in a carry on from Oh Happy Day.
10 Days in Whistler, but this guide from Team Wiking is great for any cold-weather trip.
A Cold-Weather Carry-On List, for a week of chilly traveling.
10 Day Packing List, Day to Night, for warm days and cooler nights.
The 12-Piece Travel Wardrobe, a deceptively simple list.
Printable Carry-On Packing List, a useful guide from the blogger at To Vogue or Bust.
15 Pieces, 3 Weeks, for a warmish/coolish adventure.
6 Day Packing List for San Francisco.
Europe in a Carry-On, a fashionable take on carry-on style.
Traveling Light to Florida, another great list from Team Wiking.
1 Week Tropical Getaway, a perfectly well-rounded packing list for warm weather.
Thoughts on Minimalism
The 5-4-3-2-1 Guide, a really brilliant, practical way of imagining your packing list.
The Minimalist Packing List, that still manages to be fashionable!
Minimalist Packing List, from Travel on the Brain.
Minimal Travel Gear, an amazing resource for both philosophical and practical travel gear tips.
Man vs Bag, Wushu Adventures’ minimalist packing for maximum flexibility.
Minimal Travel Gear List, from 20 Liter Life.
Any other resources you can add to streamline your next carry-on only packing crisis?