Keep Calm and Carry-On: How to Travel with Less

carry-on | \ ˈker-ē-ˌȯn , ˈka-rē-, -ˌän\ n. A piece of luggage suitable for being carried aboard an airplane by a passenger.
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One of the beautiful things about traveling carry-on is how liberating it can make your entire travel experience. Once you've successfully taken a trip with only carry-on luggage, you'll feel free and much like a travel expert. You may never look back. How do you travel with less? Below are some basic strategies and ideas about how to make more out of less on your next trip (and every trip). 

Benefits to Traveling Carry-On 

 Becoming a minimalist packer is a lifestyle. But why the need to embrace it? With all the hassle airports and airlines already create for your travels, wouldn't it be nice to bypass all of the insanity? Transporting only your carry-on bag(s), allows, in fact, for many aspects of your travel experience to feel seamless. Traveling with carry-on means your trip will be:

+ Stress-free (no monkey-hands needed to juggle extra bags)

+ Cheaper (no airline "extra baggage" fees)

+ Faster (no waiting in lines other than security checks)

+ Easier to keep track (airlines can't lose your bags)

+ Creative (forfeit your consumeristic mentality for a more flexible, imaginative approach to things you'll wear and need)

What to Pack in your Carry-On

It's important to strategize what you pack based on what's going to be versatile when it comes to dressing and styling and with regards to the bags you're packing your things into. See the recommend types of bags in the next section for advice on the right bag to choose for your trip(s). Clothes are killers. Keep it simple: 

Weekend Trips

The 3-day quick, regional trips or get-aways. You don't need much. Have faith less is always, truly more:

Clothes
- 1 pair of pants/shorts/skirt
- 2 shirts
- 1 cardigan/sweater (wear a light jacket or sweater on the plane)
- 1 pair of shoes (you're already wearing them, unless you need a dress-y extra pair) 
- 3 pairs of under garments
- 3 pairs of socks 

Toiletries
Travel-sized: tooth brush and tooth paste, shampoo, body wash, conditioner, moisturizers, kleenexes, hand wipes, sanitizers, bar soap shaving cream, solid-colognes (try our friends Fulton & Roark). 

Electronics
iPad or Kindle (unless you prefer a small paperback book)
1 Charger
1 Adapter

7-10 Day Trips

These trips are the ones most people believe they'll need to check their bags...have no fear, keep calm and carry-on! Check the list:

Clothes
- 2-3 pairs of pants/shorts/skirt
- 4-5 shirts
- 2 cardigans/sweaters (wear a light jacket or sweater on the plane)
- 1 extra pair of shoes 
- 5 pairs of under garments
- 5 pairs of socks 

Toiletries
Travel-sized: tooth brush and tooth paste, shampoo, body wash, conditioner, moisturizers, kleenexes, hand wipes, sanitizers, bar soap shaving cream, solid-colognes (try our friends Fulton & Roark)

Electronics
Laptop, iPad or Kindle (unless you prefer a small paperback book)
1 Charger
1 Adapter


10 Day+ Trips

This may seem ridiculous, but it's possible to spend 6 months abroad with a single carry-on bag and a backpack. Here's the recommended list: 

 Clothes
- 4 pairs of pants/shorts/skirt
- 6 shirts 
- 3 cardigans/sweaters (wear a light jacket or sweater on the plane)
- 2 extra pair of shoes 
- 5 pairs of under garments
- 6 pairs of socks 

Toiletries
Travel-sized: tooth brush and tooth paste, shampoo, body wash, conditioner, moisturizers, kleenexes, hand wipes, sanitizers, bar soap shaving cream, solid-colognes (try our friends Fulton & Roark). You'll buy extras wherever you're staying. 

Electronics
Laptop, iPad or Kindle (unless you prefer a small paperback book)
1 Charger
1 Adapter


***Other Things to Bring***

1. Empty water bottle (fill it up before your flight)
2. Gum and mints (don't be that guy or gal)
3. Chapstick (thank us later)
4. Snacks (dried fruits, chocolate nuts, pretzels, etc...please, nothing potent)


Tips on How to Pack

When it comes down to it, the expert carry-on traveler needs to master the art of packing. Here are just some quick tips that what we recommend:

1. Roll your clothes (for more room and minimal creasing/wrinkles)
2. Stuff your socks into your shoes

If you want more info on multiple techniques to pack a bag, check out all these easy and cool ways


  
Types of Carry-On Bags

The most important element to any successful carry-on traveler is choosing the right bag. What is most important to you? Comfort? Style? Flexibility? 

1. Rolling Carry-On Luggage

KILIM ROLLING CARRY-ON
Kilim rolling suitcase dimensions are standard airline carry-on size 19" x 14" x 8"

Whether or not you want to join the elite group of carry-on travelers, it's an absolute must to have a piece of rolling luggage in your bag repertoire. Why not make it a quality piece like our newest travel bags: Kilim rolling carry-on luggage. It'll last you a lifetime and it's the perfect gift for your next of kind or generations to follow.

2. Weekender Bags / Duffel Bags


Kilim Weekender Bags
Kilim Weekender Bags

The weekender bag is a traveler's go-to bag. Our Kilim weekender bags feature the ability to fold down into a duffel or stand tall like a classic weekender bag. With a cross-body strap and a timeless, international flair, you'll make a statement walking across the airport in style.  

 3. Backpacks

Kilim Backpacks
Kilim Backpacks are one-of-a-kind and fit way more stuff than the basic backpacks on the market 

A traveler's best friend. Wouldn't you want a backpack that always has your back? The ultimate carry-on item should look good and function better. Our Kilim backpacks check every traveler's box. You'll be surprised just how versatile and stylish your next trip will be carrying this one-of-a-kind travel backpack around all-day and night. 


4. Dopp Kits (Toiletry Bags)

Kilim Dopp Kits

It's time to learn how to pack all your toiletries in an elevated toiletry bag: a one-of-a-kind, upgraded classically designed kilim dopp kit. Hint hint: always keep two of everything at home with one set of everything in the dopp kit. Then, you'll never have to run to the store or drop a dime at the airport stores. 

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