Pack Light and Carry On!

Your Carry-On Luggage

Here are tips and packing lists so that you can live light when you travel.

OK, you want to lighten up when you travel.  The first thing to look at: your carry-on luggage.
Your size rule for southern and international travel:
Maximum size: 9”wide by 16” high x 20” long
Here are the baggage requirements from our friends at Air North:

Your rule for southern and international travel:

9” wide by 16 “ high x 20” long is the MAX

We suggest:

Eagle Creek Tarmac International Carry-on (aka Tarmac 20)

Eagle Creek Load Warrior International Carry-on ( aka Load Warrior 20)

Osprey Farpoint 40 Travel/Trekking pack


Eagle Creek Cubes… and if you need business shirts or dressier clothes the Pack-it Folder

NO, really.  You have got to believe us. Pack it Cubes will change your Travelling Life.

Check out this video!

We love the Eagle Creek Spectre Cubes becaue they are super tough and lightweight.


From France to Hawaii to Nepal… we find that these are the items that always work.  You’ll just have to adjust for your activities and climates BUT DON’T ADD TOO MUCH! If you’re going to Vancouver for a Long Weekend, the Basic is all you really need:

  • 2 Merino Wool T-shirts (Wear your second one on the plane)
  • 1 long sleeve sun shirt (we recommend that you buy a sun shirt with clean lines that won’t make you look like you’re going on safari… unless you are going on safari) or long sleeve warmer shirt
  • 3 pairs underwear (one to wear, one to wash, one to dry)
  • 2 pairs socks (merino wool so that you can wear a few days in a row if necessary)
  • Lightweight softshell pants (again clean lines, wear them on the plane)
  • 1 pair shorts (unless it’s winter!)
  • 1 bathing suit (Women: if you’re really clever you can get a plain one-piece that will double as a body suit. Men: get a bathing suit that will double as hiking or work out shorts!)
  • running shoes (for work out and hiking)
  • work out T-shirt (if you’re a merino addict like us, then you can wear it for both casual and work out!)
  • Work out shorts or pants
  • Socks for hiking/running
  • Nicer shoes for walking around/going to dinner etc ( wear these or your runners on the plane)
  • Lightweight rain jacket
  • Lightweight insulation (a fleece or a lightweight synthetic insulated jacket)
  • shower kit (keep it light! Max 100 ml bottles,use a clear seal lock bag for security. )
  • All purpose travel soap for you and your laundry
  • Sandals or flip flops
  • Lightweight long underwear to wear under your softshell pants for damp cold weather
  • Tablet or laptop (with books & movies loaded!), headphones, phone and charger

Women Additions:

  • Make sure your sandals or flip flops are plain ones to wear in grungy showers, at the pool or to go with your little dress
  • Your little dress (we prefer a plain merino wool or synthetic t-shirt dress so that you can wear it as a bathing suit cover up, or even as pajamas in a pinch but add your scarf and you can go out to dinner!)
  • A nice wide pashmina scarf or sarong
  • Running bra, wear your other bra on the plane
  • And remember you are BEAUTIFUL. Keep the makeup, jewelry  & hair products at a minimum!

Now, roll THE BASIC up into your Eagle Creek Pack it cubes.  Can you believe how much room you still have in your carry–on? Pat yourself on the back and DON’T ADD ANYTHING! When you breeze past the luggage carousel and easily toss your bag into your taxi or train or bus, when you don’t need help from the bellman, when you have simple, multi-use clothes, you will feel light and free!

We also found this terrific list on  Lonely planet:

Savvy packer’s pack list

This is a list of everything the author takes on a multi-month trip to Southeast Asia. Other destinations may require slight modification.

  • Backpack (40 litre max)
  • Bag liner (heavy plastic trash-compactor bag)
  • Passport and other documents
  • Compact umbrella
  • Poncho
  • Three-four light stuff sacks for organisation
  • Three shirts
  • Two pair of pants (trousers)
  • One pair of shorts (or a skirt)
  • Three pairs of socks
  • Three pairs of underwear
  • Jacket / fleece (optional for cold international flights)
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sarong
  • Bandanna and/or scarf
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Comfortable sandals
  • One set of exercise clothes (light shorts, shirt, socks)
  • Sleep kit: mosquito net, sleep sack, small tarp (if you’re looking to rough it), ear plugs
  • Shower kit (lots of personal variation, just keep it small): toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant (try the rock), small bottle of all purpose liquid soap
  • Snacks: snack bars, herbal tea, travel mug, packable chop-sticks
  • Camera (with batteries and cables)
  • Computer (small netbook in waterproof box)
  • Smart phone and headphones
  • Notebook and pens
  • Portable board game
  • Frisbee
  • First aid kit
  • Parachute cord
  • Headlamp