How To Travel Only With A Carry-on Bag?
Updated: June 23, 2020
Do you want to fly only with a 7 kg carry-on bag without checking in your luggage? Some airlines offer cheaper tickets (called Light Fare) for carryon only travellers. Maybe you want to get out of the airport as soon as you land and you don't want to wait for your checked baggage. Or you're concerned about airlines losing your luggage?
I travelled with a budget airline that had a 7 kg carry-on limit. When I checked-in, my carry-on was overweight. I was given a choice to pay $50 to check-in my bag or remove the overweight items. So I ended up throwing away my souvenirs to save $50. From then on, I learned how to pack my carry-on to be under 7 kg.
Here's how I do it.
Replace heavy items with lighter substitutes (eg. lightweight duffle bag instead of rolling luggage)
Replace bulky items with smaller items (eg. shorts instead of jeans)
Wear your heaviest clothes to the airport and fill your pockets with your everyday gadgets
Do laundry during your trip to reduce the number of clothes you bring
Bring clothes that are lightweight and fast-drying
My Packing Requirements:
Suit for events
Laptop for work
DSLR/Mirrorless camera system
How I Pack My Carry On:
A lightweight carry-on duffle bag - Uniqlo's Foldable Duffle
4 t-shirts, 4 shorts, 1 dress shirt, 1 dress pants, underwear, socks
1 gym shorts, 1 gym shirt, sneakers
medicine and first aid kit
toiletries in small bottles
toothpaste & toothbrush
Jetpik water flosser
clothesline for laundry
laptop & charger = 2kg
camera insert + foldable camera bag + camera accessories = 1kg
extra SD cards
lens cleaning kit
Total weight: 7 kg.
What I Wear To The Airport
Suit with dress shoes, belt, watch and sunglasses
Neck wallet with cash and cards
Fujifilm XT-2 + Fujinon 18-135mm on my shoulders
My suit jacket and pant pockets are filled with:
Portable battery and cable
Passport and pen
Viltrox 23mm f1.4 in Ziploc bag
Prep your carry-on and happy traveling!