Packing List for Carry On Only

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.

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