How to Travel with Only a Carry-on Bag

Traveling with just a carry-on bag might seem difficult, but in-reality it is so much better than waiting for baggage claim and spending an extra hour at the airport. Don’t we all want to get every minute on vacation? Just embrace the simplicity – really know the weather – and plan what to wear, ladies. Once you realize you don’t need to pack 15 outfits for a three-day trip is when you and your wallet are both happy. Skip the hassle, and bring your luggage with you.

Becoming minimalistic gives you more of a clear mind when traveling, and less to worry about. How many times have you traveled somewhere and just wore a select number of items and everything else just took up space in your bag? Following a few steps will make getting dressed in the morning an absolute breeze. If I can do it, so can you.

To begin, let’s start with some simple steps to minimize your traveling needs. You might be thinking, “this is impossible” but good things are coming your way. With last minute resort specials, there is going to be last minute packing. Keep it simple, and clean. Then thank us later.

PICK THE RIGHT BAG. Starting with a smaller bag makes you think what you need and not what you want. We all know you are not going to read 7 books on a one-week vacation. Enjoy the nature, and the surroundings. You can read those books at home. The standard seems to be 22 inches x 14 inches x 9 inches Also have a free bag that can fit under your seat.

THINK OUTFITS NOT PIECES. Start with knowing how many days and nights you will be staying during your vacation. By doing this you will have a planned number of items which forms less clutter. By planning your outfits day by day – statistics show it gives you a clearer mind throughout the week. Now, it’s your turn to try it.

NON-WRINKLE ITEMS. By doing this, you won’t have to waste time un-wrinkling your clothes for dinner. Bring linen items, or items that have been tried and tested to make it through your perfect vacation. Most items I bring are shorts and basic tees, as well as dresses. The minimalistic you think, the better off you will be.

TRAVEL SIZE TOILETRIES. Using a pack of 2 oz. bottles (or depending on what your airline describes for security purposes) and filling them up with shampoo, conditioner, and body wash really helps the traveling process go smoothly. There is no reason to continue to overpack when the items are just going to sit in your suitcase for the next week.

Whenever you go on vacation keep these tips in mind, so you enjoy the environment around you instead the environment you left at home. Embrace the simplicity in life and skip the rechecking line when you have a lay-over in the U.S. while packing for your next vacation.

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