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Is it possible to fit all your travel essentials in just a single piece of luggage? It definitely is! Here are some tricks and tips on how to travel with hand luggage only:

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Travel with Hand Luggage Only – Your Carry-on Bag

This is by far the most important piece of the equation in traveling with just a single piece of luggage. With several airlines having strict regulations on carry-on luggage weight and dimensions, it is best to choose a bag that is not too heavy. Generally, most airlines require carry-on luggage to have dimensions no larger than 55cm x 35cm x 20cm (22in x 14in x 9in).

Travel with Hand Luggage Only – Only Bring Clothes You Really Need

Most people tend to overcompensate when it comes to packing clothes for a trip. In reality, you only need a change of clothing or two. Add in a spare change of underwear and you are good to go. You can always find an affordable laundry service in your destination. It would also be smart to bring (or buy) a bar of laundry soap so you can opt to wash your clothes in your hotel.

When it comes to footwear, you only need a good pair for walking and a pair of flip flops or sandals. Wear walking shoes during the flight and your sandals or flip flops will go into your carry-on bag.

Keep Liquids Accessible

For those liquid essentials you need to pack into your carry-on bag, make sure you keep them in travel-sized reusable bottles. Keep your travel-sized bottles in a clear, resealable bag and place it in the front pocket for easy access. This will also keep them from ruining your clothing in case of spills.

Versatility is Key

You do not have to bring a travel-sized version of all your toiletries – you can always survive with a multi-wash product. This means you can use a single product to wash your hair and body… and sometimes, even your clothes! You also do not need different kinds of chargers or plugs – you can always make use of a universal adapter. Versatility also applies to your choice of travel clothing. It makes a big difference to choose shorts that zip into pants, to bring a scarf that doubles as a blanket, and choose clothing in neutral colors so they won’t be a fuss to pair.

Fitting Everything into Your Carry-on Luggage

Avoid packing things “just in case”. Make it a habit to come up with your packing list in advance. Avoid folding your clothing into squares – roll them instead. Arrange your clothing so that jackets are at the bottom, followed by trousers and t-shirts. See to it that the thickest parts alternate each other. This should keep your bag from having uneven bulges. You can try investing in packing cubes to keep your travel essentials organized.


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