Yes, I know. When I mentioned to everyone that I was travelling with only carry-on luggage, for an undecided number of months to an undecided number of countries, everyone said I was crazy.
Maybe it will work, maybe it won’t. But I will definitely learn either way.
So with only 7kg + handbag, here’s the initial list:
- 1 x Samsonite suitcase (weighing 1.5kg)
- 1 x jacket (lightweight)
- 1 x hoodie (lightweight)
- 1 x jeans
- 1 x long pants (lightweight)
- 1 x short shorts
- 2 x skirts
- 1 x casual dress
- 3 x long sleeve tops
- 1 x long sleeve shirt
- 1 x leggings
- 6 x short sleeve tops
- 8 x undies
- 4 x bras
- 3 x anklet socks
- 1 x light scarf
- 1 x bikini
- 1 x sandals
- 1 x walking shoes
- toiletries (all under 100ml) – crystal deodorant, magnesium oil spray, magnesium cream, aromatherapy mist, day moisturiser, cc cream, muscle balm, olive oil hand/ body moisturiser, roll on sunscreen, roll on moov insect repellent, lip balm, translucent powder and mini kabuki brush, mini mascara, 3 lipsticks, paw paw ointment, bicarb toothpase, bamboo toothbrush.
- supplements – magnesium, immune defense, herbal stress relief.
- 1 x Microsoft Surface 3 + keyboard
- 1 x Samsung S5
- Chargers, universal adapter, mini portable speaker
- eye mask, inflatable neck pillow, ear plugs, car charger
- microfibre towel
- notebook and pen
- small padlock
- digital luggage scale (very handy)
Some things I learned while packing:
- Buy lightweight clothes. I got a great super-light jacket from Kathmandu. Avoid heavy wools, and cottons. Opt for polyesters
- I don’t need an umbrella, or travel underwear (that takes the same time to dry as other underwear)
- Lightweight shoes tend to be VERY bad for your feet, so this is a tough area to pack for, especially if you need arch support.
- Avoid packing cubes, and just use plastic zip lock bags for toiletries. If you don’t have a lot of things, you don’t need “packing cubes” to organise them.
- Don’t pack shampoo or soap. You can find/ buy as you go.
Also published on Medium.