I attended an immersion language school in Barcelona for 12 weeks, and wanted to try to pack with only carry on bags. I couldn’t believe how much stress it took off the trip. The key to success was actually something I NEVER do, yet was willing to try. I made a list one month ahead and kept thinking about how to improve it by removing items or finding multi-purpose items.
My carry on roller bag was a 20″ Briggs and Riley (2″ shorter than the maximum size airlines allow) and as always, I used ebags. I actually had about 6″ of empty space in one side of the roller bag – shocking!
My “personal” carry on item was an expandable lightweight backpack that when not expanded, would fit under the airplane seat. I also used it for weekend getaways, such as a cooking class in Bologna, Italy.
Clothing takes the most space, and like most people, I try to travel with colors that match most things to give a wider variety of style combinations. Overall, I took 3 pants, 10 tops. 2 scarves, 3 sweaters and underclothes.
This amount worked perfect for doing laundry once a week and allowing time to line dry.
For travel days I flew in the bulkiest clothes and shoes. I also chose older sweaters that were taking their last trip … very likely one-way. 🙂
What I didn’t use: the clothes line (it was provided) or swimsuit/sarong, but I consider them essentials to travel with.
What I wish I had taken: a nice pair of shorts and yoga pants. They are on the list for next time!
For connectivity: a Surface tablet, Olympus Tough camera and iPhone.
Of course there are lots of little items to pack, as well as some logistical considerations. Here’s my comprehensive list — hope it helps!
Have you tried traveling with just carry on for long trips?