Packing list for 3 weeks in London

3 Weeks in London + 1 Wedding, All in One Bag


By the time you read this, I’ll just be touching down in London for a three week trip. On my way home to San Francisco at the end of June, I’ll be stopping on the east coast for a beach weekend slash wedding.

Why am I telling you this?

To show you how much you can pack in a carry on bag. To show that you can pack clothes for any amount of time and any situation all in one bag. And, at least partially, to show that we practice what we preach: CARRY ON ONLY.

Below is my full packing list, all of which fit into my carry-on sized Tortuga. There’s not much room to spare, but it did all fit.

This trip was tough to pack for because I won’t be spending my time crashing in hostels, sightseeing, and hanging out. I’ll be working. Hence, I needed some respectable shirts (read: collars, buttons) in addition to my usual array of t-shirts.

I’ll also have the clothes on my back, a messenger bag with my laptop, and my trusty travel vest.

Fred’s Packing List for London

  • 1 suit
  • 1 pair of jeans
  • 2 pairs of shorts, 1 pair of boardshorts
  • 4 button down shirts
  • 5 t-shirts
  • 2 polo shirts
  • 5 pairs of socks
  • 2 belts
  • 9 pairs of underwear
  • 1 pair of flip flops
  • 1 pair of dress shoes
  • 1 tie
  • The dress shoes are the biggest space eaters. If I didn’t need them, I’d have a lot more breathing room in the bag.

    The lesson is: you can pack a hell of a lot in just a carry on bag.

    What’s the widest-ranging trip you’ve ever packed for in a single bag? Let us know in the comments.

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{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Jeff Broman May 31, 2012 at 5:39 pm

Fred. You need some packing folders and cubes to keep everything organized.  I can not travel with out them.  Have fun.


Fred Perrotta June 1, 2012 at 12:22 am

Thanks, Jeff. I wanted to get a folder for my suit but didn’t find the time. Luckily everything made it with minimal wrinkling. Hallelujah!


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