How to pack a carry-on only on your next trip!

If you’re like most people, packing for a trip can be a bit of a nightmare. You want to bring enough clothes to last you the entire trip, but you don’t want to have to lug around a heavy suitcase. The solution? A carry-on-only packing list. With a little bit of planning, you can easily pack everything you need into a single carry-on bag.

Justin and I rarely ever check anything! Especially with travel today, you don’t want your vacation ruined with lost or delayed luggage!

1- Choose the Right Bag

The first step in packing light is choosing the right bag. Ideally, you want a bag that is small enough to fit in the overhead compartment but large enough to hold all of your belongings. If you’re not sure what size to get, consider going with a 22-inch rolling suitcase. This size is small enough to be considered a carry-on by most airlines but large enough to hold everything you need. Plus, the wheels make it easy to maneuver through airports and train stations.

Don’t want a suitcase like us? Justin carries an Osprey Backpack that he carries on the plane with most of our camera gear and essentials. Along with his clothing. At the same time, I carry a smaller Osprey pack filled with most of my clothing and some essentials.

2- Packing Cubes

These guys are the BEST thing to add to your packing routine! We have this rad set of four bags! We love the different sizes! The largest one holds all our pants, sweaters, and shirts. The smallest ones are bras and undies. You can fit so much in these, especially if you roll most things!

3- Pack Smart

Once you have the perfect bag, it’s time to start packing. The key to packing light is to pack smart. That means bringing versatile items that can be mixed and matched to create different outfits.

For example, instead of packing a separate outfit for every day of your trip, pack two pairs of pants, three tops, and two dresses that can all be mixed and matched. If you don’t like dresses like me, bring one pair of black pants and a dressier shirt!

If you are able to do laundry one of the days, you may get away with bringing less!

Don’t forget to pack basics like underwear, socks, and pajamas. And be sure to leave room in your bag for any souvenirs you might want to pick up along the way!

4- Travel Essentials

In addition to clothes, there are a few other travel essentials you’ll need to pack in your carry-on bag. Toiletries like shampoo, conditioner, soap, and toothpaste are a given. You’ll also need any medications you take on a regular basis. And don’t forget about items like your passport, boarding pass, and travel insurance documents. A small notebook and pen are also handy for jotting down directions or taking notes while on your trip.

This amazing medication organizer is great for taking any medications, allergy meds, and pain relievers with you! These GoToob’s are perfect for your shampoo, conditioner, and body soap!

Packing for a trip doesn’t have to be complicated or stressful. With a little planning, you can easily fit everything you need into a single carry-on bag. Start by choosing the right bag—one that is small enough to fit in the overhead compartment but large enough to hold all of your belongings.

5- Be Prepared

No matter how well you plan, there’s always a chance that something could go wrong while you’re on your trip. To avoid being caught off guard, make sure you’re prepared for any eventuality. Bring along a small sewing kit and some basic medication—aspirin, bandaids, etc.—just in case.

And if you’re traveling internationally, don’t forget to pack your passport and any other necessary documents. By being prepared for anything that might come up, you can rest assured knowing that you’ll be able to handle anything that comes your way while on your trip.

Then, pack smart by bringing versatile items that can be mixed and matched to create different outfits. Finally, don’t forget the travel essentials like toiletries, medications, and important documents. By following these simple tips, you’ll be able tp travel light—and still look good doing it!

Packing carry-on only doesn’t have to be a daunting task. With a little planning and forethought, it is entirely possible to travel with just a small suitcase in tow. So next time you’re getting ready for a trip, remember these tips on how to pack a carry-on only—and enjoy the extra freedom that comes with traveling light!