This article concludes our three-part series on packing carry on only. We recommend starting with the first two articles in the series to learn the rules for carry on luggage and the principles for packing carry-on-only.
As I stood next to the luggage carousel waiting for my bag, I realized the absurdity of the situation.
I was in Frankfurt, the first stop of a two-week backpacking trip through Europe. Traveling light. Traveling fast. Staying flexible. We hadn’t booked any train tickets or hostels past Germany’s financial capital.
Why was I waiting (with fingers crossed) for my backpack?
I shouldn’t be at the mercy of the airline. I should control my own destiny.
This was my “see the light” moment.
Checking luggage made no sense. Now, years later, baggage fees have become common, and checking luggage makes even less sense.
If you’re reading this article, you’ve seen the light too.
Whether you’ve always packed light or are a recent convert to the carry on club, you’re in the right place.
In the first two articles in this series, we discussed the rules for carry on packing and the principles to help you maximize your packing space. In this article, you will find a complete carry on packing list with links to some of our favorite products to get you started.