Friends and family are often amazed that I travel with only carry-on luggage regardless of the duration or destination. After a few mishandled bags and one trip where I didn’t see a checked bag until I returned home from a three+ week vacation, I decided to travel light. Travelling with only carry-on luggage saves time as well as money because I never have to pay to check a bag. Here are a few tips on how to travel with only carry-on luggage.
Choose the Right Bag
If you subscribe to the Luxe Travel Family Newsletter, you may recall reading about my favourite carry-on bags. Since carry-on size and weight restrictions vary throughout the industry, it is important to select a bag that meets the airline’s requirements. Here is how I travel with only carry-on luggage in Asia, Europe, and North America.
Rimowa Salsa Cabin Multiwheel
The 32 l Rimowa Salsa Cabin Multiwheel at 21.7 x 15.7 x 7.9 inches and 7 lbs 9 oz is my favourite carry-on. This stylish suitcase is perfect for a trip to Europe or North America. Unfortunately, it is a bit too large for some of the Asian carriers.
Eagle Creek Tarmac International Carry-On
If I require a slightly smaller and lighter carry-on, the 31 l Eagle Creek Tarmac International Carry-On is an excellent option. While not as fashionable as the Rimowa Salsa, this bag is 20 x 14 x 8 inches (expandable to 20 x 14 x 10 inches) and weighs 6 lbs 10 oz. I travelled throughout Asia for almost four weeks with this carry-on bag.
Designed for the fast and light traveller, the 36 l Osprey Ozone is 19 x 14 x 9 inches and weighs a scant 4.14 lbs. My kids use this carry-on bag when we travel to Europe and Asia.
Airlines often allow one carry-on bag plus a personal item approximately 6 x 12 x 16 inches in size. I use either a Louis Vuitton Neverfull or a Lululemon tote bag, both capable of holding a lot. I often tuck a small purse inside my personal item so I have a separate bag for boarding passes, etc.
Think Small & Use Travel Size Beauty Products
Airline passengers are allowed to bring liquids and gels on board, provided each item is no larger than 100 ml (3.4 oz). All items must fit in one clear, resealable plastic bag, usually no more than 1L in capacity.
Many of my favourite brands make travel-size beauty products, and if not, the cosmetics or fragrance counter at a department store or Sephora will often provide samples. I recently purchased a set of GoToob silicon containers for products that are not available in travel-size containers.
To save space, I read novels on a Kindle Paperwhite. If you want to pare down even further, stock your reading material on an iPhone or iPad and use the Kindle or iBooks app.
High-tech clothing is another space and often a weight-saver. Plus, technical clothing looks fabulous even after being squeezed into a carry-on suitcase. Two of my favourite technical clothing brands are Kit and Ace and Lululemon, both from the Lululemon Athletica family. Where Lululemon is a more casual clothing line, Kit and Ace offer a more sophisticated selection.
Do you travel with only carry-on luggage? If yes, how do you do it?
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