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One Bag Swag: How to Travel Internationally With Only a Carry On

So your trip is booked, your activities are planned, and your wallet is ready to spend. You only have to pack your bags and you’ll be ready to jet-set, but for many travelers, this is easier said than done.

Packing for a trip can be quite the hassle, and not to mention, you have to carry all of your travel bags everywhere you go! Many international travelers think that a big bag is the only way to travel. But with these tips, you’ll be able to travel all over the world with only a carry on, and nothing else.

Start with packing cubes

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Packing cubes are the secret to fitting more in a bag than you’d ever thought possible. These cubes are made of a flexible material and are a great method to store your clothes in different categories.

Staying organized is incredibly important when on the road, and with packing cubes, you can easily have a specific and separate place for underwear, socks, tops, and bottoms. You can even buy them in differing sizes to accommodate all types of items.

Pack for just a week

Many travelers get nervous when it comes to packing only in a carry on because they are worried about the amount of clothing they can bring. But, chances are, no matter where you are staying on your trip, there will be a laundry service you can use. So with this in mind, you really should only pack about a week’s worth of clothes.

To ensure this tip can really be successful for you, make sure all the clothing is lightweight, can be easily layered, and can match everything else you are bringing. You should never bring items with just one use or that match only a specific top or pants. When everything is interchangeable, you won’t have to worry about going through too many clothes.

Be realistic with electronics

It can be tempting to toss all your electronics in your bag to bring with you, but in reality, all they do is take up space. Be realistic with what electronics you pack. You most likely won’t need a laptop and do you really need all that fancy photography equipment?

Not only are all these products heavy and bulky, you have to make space for their extra cables. This space is much better used for souvenirs you pick up on the road.

Ditch the “just in case” items

Most travel lists tell you to bring items that are for “just in case” situations. For example, some lists may include a collapsible bowl, a sink stopper, a clothesline, extra batteries, or special blankets and pillows. In reality, these items just take up extra space you don’t have.

As a rule, everything you pack in your bag should be used every single day, and if not, do not even bring it. If there is a dire situation where you do need one of these items, you can simply buy it where you are, then recycle it to another traveler before you head onward to another adventure.

Make a priorities list

No matter what this list tells you, there will be some situations where you’ll have to think of your priorities. At the end of the day, you have to pack according to what is important. If you need to work on the road, a bigger bag to carry your laptop and notebooks is the way to go.

Or if you want to just buy clothes in your destination, you can travel with very little to start with. Know that as long as you really need to carry something with you, you will find a way to make room for it.

With these tips in mind, you’re ready to pack your bag, leave all your possessions at home, and head onto the open road with nothing holding you back.

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