Carry on or Bust

Updated: Jul 16, 2018


Whether I’m taking planes, trains, and automobiles through Europe for six weeks or doing a quick couple of days in the Southwest, I don’t pack more than can fit in a carry-on suitcase and a backpack (or purse). I may check a bag, but the bag is still carry-on sized. As a single person, there’s no reason for me to bring more than this. Anything more is undoubtedly over packing, and ideally I’ll even have extra room in my suitcase to stow away some snacks.

I have a few funny ways of accomplishing this, but it mostly comes down to good planning, the economy of clothes, and owning multi-purpose items. Here are a couple of methods that you may not have considered before.


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