I haven’t always been a master packer. When I was 24 and moved to the UK, I took so much luggage that I had (a lot of) trouble carrying it all by myself from one airport to the next. As a “backpacker” for the next three years, I quickly learned how to pack using only carry-on bags. The video below will show you how!
WHY CARRY-ON ONLY?
There are so many reasons packing light has become my signature style when travelling, but it mostly comes down to these 3 things:
- I’m cheap and unless you have some serious airline status, you have to pay for checked bags most of the time. That’s usually $25 plus tax there and another $25 plus tax back. I have better ways to spend $56.50. (Ten lattes, two great bottles of wine, a night out at the movies with my family…you get the point.)
- I like to get to my gate and then my destination as quickly as possible. It’s why I have NEXUS. It’s why I check-in online before my flight. And I am simply too impatient to wait for the baggage belt to start beeping and moving once the plane has unloaded. I want to get off and be on my merry way.
- No chance of lost luggage. Ever.
There are other reasons, too. Never in all my overpacking days did I ever wear or use everything I brought. Plus, packing this way gives most children the ability to manage their own bags once they get to be five or six years old. And the list goes on…
How to pack using only carry-on bags
There’s no real “secret” involved, but there are a series of strategies. Over the years, I have been asked so.many.times to create a how-to packing video that I finally hired a videographer and did just that.
AND BONUS…! Here’s a sample carry-on only packing list for the average week-long vacation in the Caribbean. (At some point, I can do a ski/winter packing list as well, but most of you have asked me for sunshine-friendly packing lists.)
But first, watch as I show you all my tricks:
CREDITS: Video shot and edited by Kristina Laukkanen of Pear Studios.