Challenge: Travel With Just A Carry On Bag

Travel is one of the luxuries that many people can’t get a way with and this article attempts to give you tips to pack all the necessities you need in just a carry-on bag and a personal item bag.

What is a carry on and personal item bag?

When travelling, airlines allow a carry-on bag and a personal item bag inside the plane for free. Carry on bag size is a max of 9″x14″x22″ which includes the handles and the wheels. The size is strictly administered so as to fit in the overhead bin or under the sit fronting your seat. A personal item bag must be at 9″x10″x17″. To verify the size of both bags in the airport, you can check with the bag sizers available at the check in area.

Carry on bag and personal item bag are subject to security check upon boarding the plane. So it is best to pack wisely to avoid any penalties.

What to pack in a carry on bag?

1. light weight clothes: 3 shirts of varied colors, 1 jeans, 1 leggings, 3 shorts, 2 light jacket, 3 tank tops, 3 sets of underwear, 3 socks, 1 pair of shoes. The thinner the clothing, the better. It even allows you to pack more if that’s the case.
2. Toiletries. toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, cologne, and deodorant. All these items must be packed in small bottles of less than 100ml. I pack them in 50ml clear bottles you can easily find in department stores.

Make sure all your travel necessities are in the bag and out with those you don’t really need. If you are going to a cold place, use a thick jacket and scarf on the plane. Use the same jacket when you get to places in your destination.

What to pack in your personal item bag?

1. Passport
2. Electronics
3. Wallet

Your electronics would be camera, battery, phone chargers, earphones, tablet, and mobile phone. Pack all chargers and wired stuff in a single small pouch bag to avoid it getting tangled with the rest of the items. It would be nice to carry with you something to read while on board the plane. Read manga comics, it’s actually fun and eases some of the stress in traveling.

Tips on Packing a Carry-on and Personal Item Bag


That’s it! Have fun!