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How to pack for a long trip with just a carry-on

How to pack for a long trip with just a carry-on

How to pack for a long trip with just a carry-on


If you’re traveling for more than one week, packing light is essential. But if you travel with only a carry-on and a small backpack, it can be even more challenging. Traveling light isn’t just about minimizing your luggage; it’s also about making sure that the items you do bring are easy to use and don’t take up too much space in your bag or carry-on. Here are more on how to pack for a long trip with just a carry-on:

Pack what you need, leave what you don’t.

When it comes to packing, the best way to go is with a minimalist mindset.

Your goal should be to pack what you need and leave the rest at home. This means that if you plan on staying in a hotel, or renting an apartment, then don’t bring anything along with you. If there’s something that you can purchase locally (in the case of hotels), then consider bringing it instead of contributing extra weight by bringing it along on your trip.

Roll, don’t fold.

Rolling your clothes instead of folding them saves space and helps prevent wrinkles. You can also use a packing cube to keep everything organized, but rolling is even better for delicate fabrics or items like underwear that might wrinkle or get damaged if you fold them up.

Choose wrinkle-proof fabrics.

You want to choose wrinkle-proof fabrics to prevent your clothes from wrinkling in transit. Cotton, wool and linen are all good choices for traveling because they’re naturally resistant to wrinkles. Silk is also a great option; it will keep its shape better than cotton or linen. Polyester is another not-so-great choice—it’s prone to creasing when folded over itself, so if you’re wearing something that needs folding (like jeans), consider packing something else instead.

If you don’t have enough space for everything on your trip (and who isn’t?). Don’t pack anything that you can’t wash and dry in the hotel room before packing it into your suitcase!

Look for multi-use items.

The first thing to consider are multi-use items. You can use it for more than one purpose, so you’ll have more options when it comes time for packing.

  • Wet wipes can be used as a towel and even a blanket if needed.
  • A scarf can be used as a pillow, hair tie and wrap for your luggage (if there isn’t enough space).
  • Scarves also make excellent covers when sleeping on planes because they’re soft and comfortable against your face—and they don’t take up much room in your carry-on bag!

Wear your heaviest items on the plane.

If you’re traveling with a carry-on and need to check your bags, it might be best to leave the heaviest items at home. This is especially true if you’re flying internationally and have to pay an additional fee or purchase another ticket just for checking in your bag. You can pack everything else in your carry-on, including clothes, toiletries and electronics like laptops or tablets (assuming they fit!).

If you do have a personal item—say because you value control over space—then wear those things on the plane as well! It’s better than having extra pockets of stuff weighing down the rest of your luggage.

Use a small bag as your “personal item.”

  • Use a small bag as your “personal item.”
  • Keep it light.
  • Keep it handy.
  • Keep it safe (and dry).

Traveling light can be liberating.

If you’ve never traveled with a carry-on, it can be liberating. You can go anywhere with just your carry-on and save money on checked bags. Traveling light also allows for more frequent trips—and if you’re like me, then this means that you can spend less time on packing!


We hope that this article has given you some ideas on how to pack for your next trip. It’s not easy, but it can be done! Remember that there are lots of ways to travel light without sacrificing comfort or convenience. For example, carry-ons are great because they’re lightweight and easy to use. But don’t let this stop you from packing other things in your luggage if they make more sense for the situation at hand—like folding clothes instead of rolling them up tight with a rubber band around each layer like we do here in our studio!, you would like to suggest more, please share in the comment below 😊

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