Destinations & Packing Lists

The essence of carry on only travel is packing light and never traveling with more than you truly need.

Of course, what you truly need varies greatly by trip and is determined by more than just your destination.

  • Are you traveling in winter or summer?
  • Are you attending business meetings, or are you off on an overland adventure that will take you off the beaten track?
  • Do you have kids, or are you traveling solo?
  • Are you going for a long weekend get away or a six month expedition?

We’re here to help.

Here, you’ll find an ever evolving collection of packing lists to help you narrow your choices and hone your packing light skills.

We won’t tell you what to pack. We’ll show you what we packed for adventures ranging from weekend escapes to epic international adventures, never in more than a carry on, of course.

Carry On Basics

If you’re new to the concept of carry on only packing, you’ll want to start with the rules for carry on luggage, then master the principles of packing light. Now you’re ready for the big time!

Carry On Packing Lists

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Packing Lists by Climate

Packing Specialty Items

Packing Lists by Trip Type

Packing Lists by Destination




North America

Central America



Grab & Go: Day Trips

Packing Lists for Women

Packing Lists for Men

Packing Lists for Families


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