Over the years I have build an addiction for bags. I have a shoulder bags, messenger bags, travel backpacks, carry on bags etc… I know which ones are the best backpacks for long term travel and I am on the hunt to figure out which is the best backpack for travel long term with a carry on (article coming soon)
Today though, I’d like to show you what I pack when I travel for a trip of max three to four days!
It’s not the first time that I only travel with a carry on, but the first time that I did more consciously!
Advantages of traveling with a carry on
1. Focusing on what is really important
If you are anything like me, then you pack way to much when you are traveling. Oh, let’s pack this pair of sneakers just in case, you never know. And better have another jeans, the other ones might break blah blah blah! I used to find many excuses to carry as much as possible!
2. Saving a lot of time
A huge advantage I had to the other people on my recent flights to Munich, Berlin and Athens? 10 Minutes after we landed I was sitting in the Bus, Train or Taxi on my way to the city center. I didn’t have to wait for another 20 to 30 minutes to wait for my baggage at the carousel.
3. Saving a lot of money
My new Crumpler bag costs 149 € (Full Disclosure: I got it for free to test from Crumpler!) . Airlines like Ryanair, EasyJet, Norwegian etc… (All Low Cost Arlines) charge between 20 and 30 € per checked in bag. It’s a no brainer to invest good money in a carry on, since it only takes 7 flights or 4 return flights to break even!
4. No worries
You don’t have to worry about so many things anymore. Airline loosing your luggage? No problem! Traveling with a chicken bus in South America? No problem, you can keep your carry on underneath your seat!
My Packing List For Long Weekends
These are the things I took with me on a 4 days weekend break to Athens:
2 x long trousers: 1 x blue jeans, 1 x grey pants
Always have a jeans with you, you can wear them for everything. I always try to have at least two different pairs of long trousers with me.
2 x shorts
When traveling to Greece in the summer of course you need to take a few shorts with you.
4 x Shirts
While you can wear your shorts at least twice, I like to wear clean shirts every day. Therefore I always have enough for at least 4-5 days. After that, I plan on cleaning them on my trip.
1 x Sweater
No matter how hot the forecast says its going to be, always have at least one sweater with you. Its normal that at some point at night you will feel cold, because your body is heated up over the day, once the temperatures fall you will feel chilly. I loved my REVIEW Sweater, which kept me pretty warm!
I love my new camper shoes. They not only look stylish but are also very comfortable for hours of walking tours around the city.
If I can I rather run a around with flip flops. They are a must in my bag!
I carry a maximum of 5-7 shorts and socks with me on trips. After 3-4 days I start to look for a laundromat!
As a travel blogger I used to carry a lot of stuff with me. I did a detox and tried to get rid of most my stuff.
A travel blogger without a laptop is just a traveler. I always have my MacBook Pro with me and it fits perfectly into the Crumpler!
I’ve been a huge Nikon Fan for years. I’ve been very loyal to the company until Samsung asked me if I wanted to test the new GalaxyNX, well, long story short. I can’t imagine going back. The GalaxyNX is the perfect camera for travelers that love to take great pictures. It comes with Android and I can edit the pictures right on the camera and upload them to my Social Media Channels.
I always travel with an external hard drive to back up my things. I back up everything double. I also have subscribed to DropBox Business Account with almost 200GB of space in the cloud. But just in case, I also back everything up on my external!
In case I want to watch a movie or listen to some music on the road, I carry this mini loudspeaker. Doesn’t really take a lot of space and is pretty powerful!
Since a few weeks I travel with my new Kindle and absolutely love it. I couldn’t get used to read on the iPad so I ditched it! There is no way, I’m going back!
What I love about the bag is that I can use it as a carry bag but also as a backpack thanks to the hidden straps on the side.
The bag also comes with many pockets and a compartment for the laptop!
Do you travel with a carry on? What do you have with you? Let’s discuss in the comments section below!
Thanks to Crumpler and REVIEW for providing the new bag and the awesome clothes!