If you will be staying at a hostel, we already covered what not to pack for your hostel stay on the Hostelling International blog.
Packing carry-on-only is as much about what not to pack as what to pack. Getting your load down to just a carry on is all about subtraction. We write a lot about what to pack. Today, we’ll cover which items you can safely leave at home to lighten your load, reduce your risk, and make your trip easier.
I love my big Sony headphones. They’re perfect for shutting out the noise of a busy office environment, and the sound quality is great. When I travel, I use my Apple earbuds. The sound quality is pretty good, and they’re tiny. I’m not an audio engineer. I can live with the downgrade in sound quality for the ease of packing. If you don’t already have a pair, the Wirecutter has multiple earbud suggestions depending on your budget.
When packing for a cold-weather trip, think layers. One bulky sweater or coat can take up most of your carry on bag. Instead, plan to dress in layers. Two or three thin layers of the right material will keep you warm. With layers, your wardrobe will be versatile enough for any weather. Just add or remove clothes as the temperature changes. Buy merino wool base layers. They work well in any climate but are expensive. Save up and invest in a few pieces that you’ll wear often.