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  1. Cindy
    February 25, 2020 @ 4:17 pm

    I am going to fly with just carry-on bag. To maximize space, can I use the shrink bags for clothing?

    • Ali Garland
      February 28, 2020 @ 1:41 pm

      Hi Cindy, yes they are fine. Just make sure they’re the kind you can easily reuse when packing up to come back at the end of your trip.

  2. Nicola D.
    February 19, 2013 @ 3:07 am

    I got to your site via yTravel Blog. Love the tips on travelling light. I need to learn how to stop packing the ‘what if’ things. Mostly you will be able to buy whatever it is you need if ‘what if’ happens. I have a friend who buys enough very cheap panties (knickers) to last her entire trip. She throws them away as she goes along – saying she doesn’t want to be dropping her underwear off at the laundry. If she runs out, she finds another place that sells cheap underwear and just gets some more. Everyone has their own way of doing things.
    I love all the tips given here.
    Great site!

    • Ali Garland
      February 19, 2013 @ 11:35 am

      Thanks Nicola, I’m glad you’re enjoying my site! I usually pack at least a few pairs of underwear that I’m willing to throw out along the way. Same with shirts really. Sometimes it’s nice to just chuck something to lighten your load. Your friend sounds a lot like my friend. We were on a trip together once and she decided if she could find underwear for less than the cost of doing laundry, she’d just buy new ones. She was successful!

  3. Ali P
    February 16, 2013 @ 4:40 pm

    “consider your personal comfort and how you normally like to dress”.

    THIS. It’s taken me a long time to come to understand this. And even now I still think about packing the practical lightweight cargo pants that I’d never wear at home (and wouldn’t feel comfortable wearing elsewhere) or the top that goes with everything but I don’t love the fit of, or… I could go on. They’re just not me! Not at home, not on the road.

    • Ali Garland
      February 16, 2013 @ 9:25 pm

      I bought a pair of those cargo pants once, the kind that zip off into shorts. I think I wore them twice in 5 months of traveling because they just weren’t me. I’m glad you figured out what works for you while traveling, and that it’s normally the same as when you’re at home!

  4. blaze
    February 13, 2013 @ 5:05 pm

    We’ve done carryon only for the past 15 years and don’t even own large luggage anymore. We did a one month European vacation with our kids several years ago and we each took just a wheeled carry on. We packed a week’s work of clothing and washed at the end of week 1, 2, 3 and arrived home in our last clean clothes. We still took way too much. My DH had 2 days of business meetings during the trip and part of our 30 days was a 12 day cruise which involved formal nights, so even with my DH packing a jacket, shirts, ties, dress pants, shoes and a lap top it is possible. Actually the formal clothing and the computer probably took up 1 suitcase so without that 4 of us could have done just fine with 3 carryons between us. For myself I take a lot of black basics and a few bright colored items that all mix and match. I pack a tiny cardboard jewelry box with earings, and I take a plain black wrap and one multi colored one (black plus all the bright colors I bring). They act as headscaves where needed, and can dress up basic tops and pants for going out in the evenings.
    Tip: on days when you are switching locations, where your most bulky shoes so they never have to be packed.
    Check out Icebreaker brand tops. They are marino wool, they’re ultra fine and not itchy, and wick moisture away. The big deal with them is that you can wear them for many days without ANY odour. Mentally I still need to wash them after three days, but it wasn’t because they smelled. If you can get three+ days out of a shirt you really only need 2-3 in your bag. They wash in the sink and will be dry in the morning. I’ve stopped bringing tops with me that require a proper laundry and only bring my Icebreaker tops and a couple of sport tops that can also be sink laundered. If you bring all black pants, capris, shorts they can usually go a long time before they need a wash.

    The best laundry set up I ever found was a laudromat at the beach. You could relax in your bathing suit while everything else got washed.

    • Ali Garland
      February 14, 2013 @ 12:26 pm

      I love that you pack so light! Access to laundry is key to packing light, but even short of that, you can always wash a few things in the sink. The shirts you mentioned sound awesome, I’ll have to look into that. I usually wear a t-shirt 2, maybe 3, times when I’m traveling and just try not to worry about it, but having something specifically made for that would be great! Oh, and your beach laundry place sounds perfect!

  5. Gina
    August 18, 2012 @ 12:08 am

    Definitely agree on the shoe thing! One thing about flip-flops, too, you can usually buy them once you get there for pretty cheap. I did that when traveling around Thailand. I didn’t need them for most of the country, but wanted them in Ko Phi Phi so I bought a pair from a street vendor for $2 and then just left them behind when it was time to move on.

    • Ali Garland
      August 18, 2012 @ 8:06 pm

      Very true, I’m a big fan of buying things as you need them, especially if it’s something you don’t need the whole time. And $2 is totally worth not having to lug them around if you know you only need them for a little while. I’ve done that with beach towels too.

  6. Jennifer
    August 17, 2012 @ 12:13 pm

    I like to be stylish in everyday life so I also like to be stylish while traveling. But, that doesn’t mean I can’t pack carry-on only. To do that I bring things that coordinate and can be mixed and matched so that I don’t feel like I’m wearing the same outfit repeatedly. I also save my tattered jammies for travel and then just toss them at the end of a trip. I gives me a little space for a souvenir I might want.

    • Ali Garland
      August 17, 2012 @ 7:43 pm

      The mixing and matching is essential! I often bring a few things that I wouldn’t mind parting with so I can ditch things along the way if needed. Depending on where you travel, old clothes could be good donations too for people who need clothing.