I’ve been at this travel thing for a bit over four months and every time I go to catch a flight I am so so SO grateful that I decided to travel with nothing but a backpack carry on. Even though I will be traveling Europe for many months to come, I have already mastered the art of traveling with only a carry on.
I brought the basics and maintain the mindset that if I NEED something… I will acquire it when it is necessary. Like the time I broke my hairbrush and managed to go almost two weeks before I bought another one (thanks to my low maintenance hair).
Prior to packing my life in a 40 liter backpack, I wasn’t fully aware of how much excess I had in my life on a daily basis. Excess clothes, excess makeup & toiletries, excess food…. the only thing I was lacking was excess time due to long hours at a job that stressed me OUT.
I’ve now flipped that upside down and let go of 95% of my possessions in exchange for the excess time to explore this beautiful world… and I’m finding that living out of a backpack is actually quite easy and peaceful.
Whether you are going on a week long vacation or setting out to take on the travel life… here are 10 reasons to travel with ONLY a carry on.
1. SAVE MONEY – No baggage fees!! Yea! I’ve taken 6 flights so far which has saved me $300
2. SKIP CHECK IN LINES – You won’t have to stand in the long lines waiting to check your bag in
3. NO WAITING FOR BAGGAGE CLAIM – Once you are off the plane you can just breeze on out of the airport
4. NO WORRIES ABOUT THE AIRLINE LOSING YOUR LUGGAGE – Because that just SUCKS when they do.
5. YOU REALLY DON’T NEED ALL THAT STUFF… REALLY. – It’s ok to have the same outfit on in multiple Facebook pictures.
6. GET AROUND EASIER – You may find yourself walking around a city with your bag. The lighter the better!
7. YOU WON’T BUY USELESS “STUFF” – Souvenirs that collect dust on your shelf? You won’t have room for them!
8. SAVE TIME – On packing, at the airport, dressing yourself, walking through places…
9. FLEX YOUR CREATIVITY – Your clothes and minimal toiletries will start serving many functions (ex. scarf as bikini cover up or pillow cover. Vaseline – lip gloss, eye-makeup remover, moisturizer, crazy hair tamer)
10. BECAUSE YOU WILL BE PROUD OF YOURSELF – and appreciate the small things in life… like nice body wash!