Download the Packing Light Kindle Book

Fred Perrotta

Want to travel carry-on-only? Download Packing Light on Amazon to learn how. The Kindle book is available for free through May 8th, 2015.

Why do we pack too much stuff, even after we’ve learned how inconvenient and expensive it is?


Traveling for the first time, or to somewhere new, is both exciting and scary. We’re afraid we won’t be prepared. We’re afraid we won’t have everything we need. We’re afraid something bad will happen.

The truth is that you aren’t fully prepared. You will forget something. That’s okay.

If you pack only what you need, you can deal with everything else as it comes.

Letting go of that fear and packing light is a challenge for most people. Making the transition from packing everything possible to packing only what’s necessary is a process. Whether you’re just starting that process or are have been paring down your bag for years, you can benefit from our new ebook: Packing Light: The Normal Person’s Guide to Carry-On-Only Travel.

We distilled the best and most popular posts from Packsmith into an easy-to-read book.

You can download the Kindle version of Packing Light for free on Amazon until May 8th, 2015. After that, the price will increase to $2.99.

Should You Read Packing Light?

Packing Light consolidates all the info you need to pack carry-on-only in one place without the drawbacks inherent to a blog. No guessing where to start. No reading out of order. No getting lost in a maze of links.

After reading the book, you will know what to bring and how to pack it.

Whether you’re a newbie considering packing less or an expert looking for a few extra tricks, Packing Light walks you through the process, step-by-step.

You will benefit most from the book if you:

  • Check luggage but want to make the transition to carry on
  • Travel carry-on-only but want to travel even lighter
  • Are planning your first trip and want to travel light from the start, unlike most first-timers

If you’re new to travel or to packing light, start at the beginning of the book and work your way through it chronologically. Highlight the most useful sections and revisit them when you pack for your next trip.

More experienced travelers can skip around and just read the chapters the are most applicable to them. The full table of contents is below for reference.

Chapter 1: Carry On Basics for Beginners

Why should you pack light? Explore the psychology behind carry-on-only packing. Then learn how to get started and the rules for carry on travel.

Chapter 2: The Definitive Carry on Packing List

In Chapter 2, we walk through a core packing list and why each item is essential. Once you’ve mastered the basics, you can consider situational packing in the remaining chapters.

Chapter 3: Packing for Extreme Weather

The weather at your destination determines what you need to pack. Find out what you’ll need to pack for hot, cold, and rainy weather.

Chapter 4: Packing Specific Items

Many potential light packers are thwarted by shoes. Chapter 4 covers how to pack tricky items like shoes without overloading your bag.

Chapter 5: Minimalist Packing

A look at minimalist packing and how to adapt it to a normal person’s needs when traveling.

Chapter 6: Packing Light for Men

Mens toiletries and clothes that work well for light travel. Plus, how to pack a suit in a carry on bag.

Chapter 7: Packing Light for Women

How to choose a travel wardrobe from what you already own.

Chapter 8: Packing Light for Long-Term Travel

Even long-term trips, like a month in Southeast Asia or a summer backpacking Europe, can be done in a carry on. Learn how to pack light for a trip of any length of time.

Chapter 9: Packing Hacks

The kitchen sink chapter. All of the other packing tricks that didn’t fit anywhere else in the book. For advanced packers only.

Why We Wrote Packing Light

When Jeremy and I started Tortuga Backpacks, we weren’t any better at packing than you are. But, by starting a backpack company, we became the de-facto experts for friends and family and then for total strangers.

Rather than answering the same questions over and over again, we started writing our answers publicly for everyone to see. Those answers evolved into this blog, Packsmith.

Over the last five years, Packsmith has grown to over 200 articles on packing light. This year, an awesome writing and editing team (Jenn, Jessie, Shawn, Laura, and Shannon) has expanded Packsmith to offer more packing help from different perspectives.

Blogs can be big, messy, and hard to navigate, especially when you discover a new one that already has hundreds of posts. Where do you start?

To make finding the right information easier for you, we’ve compiled the best and most popular articles from the blog into Packing Light, an organized handbook of packing and gear advice.

If you’re new to Packsmith, start with the book, then subscribe to the blog or search for any specific advice that you need in the sidebar. The book is the easiest way to get the most important information all at once.

How to Get Packing Light

Download Packing Light on Amazon for free before May 8th, 2015.

You, the Packsmith subscribers, get the book first and for free. After May 8th, the price will be $2.99.

If you’re interested in the book, download it now and read it when you’re ready. Amazon only allows for a limited number of free promotional days.

Enjoy the book and let us know what you think. Please leave a review on Amazon so that other prospective readers and travelers know if the book is right for them. By leaving a review, you can enter to win a $100 Tortuga Backpacks gift card.

For any other feedback, please contact us. We always look forward to your input.

Thanks for reading.

-Fred and the Tortuga Backpacks Team