PACKING TIPS: How to travel with only carry-on

PACKING TIPS: How to travel with only carry-on

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Nowadays, social media plays a big presence in our daily lives. Platforms like Facebook and Instagram inspire people to see, enjoy, and travel the world. Despite of having a limited budget, going on a few trips a year is still possible.

One of the thing you can do to minimise the cost of travelling to travel light, only pack those things that you need and will use while on a trip. This will help you save money from spending on check in luggage fees for example.

So, on your next trip, remember to only pack the necessities, think about it like you're going away for just a week. Laundry shops and convenience stores are everywhere and can provide you what you will need.

Extra tip: Either you are a carry on the only type of traveller or a full on travel luggage one, here is a guide to buying the best luggage set, click here. or switch to one of the best-wheeled backpacks for a more comfortable and convenient travelling.

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Like what I mentioned before, only bring the essentials. I'm sure you've come across the world "minimalism". This is a lifestyle where you only own or bring things that are really important and disregard the things that you don't need.

Time to ditch the word "just in case I'll need it" when packing. Practicing minimalism have loads of benefits, being a minimalist will help you save money is one of them. I also recommend you check this ultimate checklist for what to pack for a trip.

Bringing clothes is definitely important, but you don't need to bring your entire wardrobe. When I pack, I only bring one pair of shoes (good for walking and long hikes), a pair of long jeans, 3-4 tops, 7 underwear, 2 pairs of socks, a jumper or jacket, and a big scarf. Remember to pack a quick dry towel for travelling, they are easy to fold.

Medications and contact lenses are definitely necessities, but bring a contact lenses that you can wear a few times to save space.

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If you travel for work or need a laptop, make sure to buy a lightweight one. Same goes for the camera and other gadgets.

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Nowadays, you are not required to have a printed copy of hotel bookings and flight tickets, you can simply present them form your smart phone. If you are getting on a flight soon, check out these long-haul flight essentials or useful eco-friendly travel accessories and products.


Personally, I think toiletries are one of the things you can leave at home. You can easily buy them when you land, often, the hotel provides them too. If you really want to bring some toiletries, buy ones that are in small packaging or small amount.


The best trick you can do today is to get a packing cubes to help you organise and use up all the space in your backpack. You can also roll up your clothes, this is proven to save space. Another option is to get those vacuumed bags - you can suck the air out of the bag to save some space. 

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You can always wear the big clothes you have like jumper or jacket to save some space from your luggage space. If you are travelling with children, check out which is the best kids carry on luggage for your kiddo.

Many airlines allow one carry-on plus a personal item. Make sure to place these the heaviest items you have like laptop, cameras, chargers in this bag. One of the best tricks in packing is have packing cubes, if you don't believe it's useful, check out this article about why you need packing cubes.

If you are a traveller like me who only carry lightweight backpacks, you may want to check out this guide for packing a lightweight bag for your backpacking.


You can easily buy things you need while travelling like what I mentioned before. Things such as toothpaste, shampoo, soap bar, even snack for the journey can easily be obtained on the road. This will help you free up some space in your luggage.


Many airlines nowadays are restricting the amount of luggage you can bring for free. In Europe, budget airlines only allow you to bring 5 kgs in a 40cm bag and that's just impossible even for a weekend trip.

My solution is to buy a travel jacket with hidden pockets. These jackets have strong, safe, and big pockets that are good enough for your laptop, passport, wallet, and even books.


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Mary is the founder of amaryroad and one of the experts when it comes to travelling in Southeast Asia. Mary has been travelling around the world since 2013, she have extensively travelled and lived in Southeast Asian countries. She also has been featured in popular publications in the Philippines such as GMA Network, When in Manila, and Tripzilla. Today, Mary continues her round-the-world trip with no final destination. She travels in her own terms and tries to build her own world whilst pushing herself into every corner of life, breaking limit beyond her capabilities.

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