Seeing how travel restrictions are easing in some places (and because we’ll soon be departing too) I’m dusting off my travel skills. Which means I’m pleased to present what I’ve discovered about carry-on travel!
When I first discovered traveling with only one small carry-on bag, it seemed not only impossible, but a bit of a nightmare! Yet I now see that the real nightmare was dragging so many over-stuffed bags along. Especially since we didn’t even use everything we took!
And the solution is simple. All it takes is doing laundry as you go! Even if you don’t like the idea of washing things out by hand, just find a laundry mat or laundry service. A trip to the laundry mat can add a touch of real-life experience to your travels through meeting a few locals! Now let’s look at the advantages of carry-on travel!
13 great advantages of one-bag travel!
🧳 1. No baggage claim lines
With no checked bags, you can breeze past baggage carousels. And possibly snag a taxi or board the bus first!
✈️ 2. Less risk of missing connecting flights
Many entry points require collecting and rechecking bags. And if lines are long it’s too easy to miss your next flight.
🛃 3. Shorter customs inspections
Customs officials seem less likely to stop you if you only have one small bag. And if they do, inspection should take far less time!
💰 4. No extra baggage fees
Hey, travel costs enough as it is. Why add to it? Plus you can treat yourself to something special with the money saved!
🔎 5. Less risk of lost or stolen bags
The airlines can’t lose or damage bags you’ve never checked. And you’re less likely to lose or forget your own luggage if you’ve only got one and keep it with you!
😊 6. Less Stress
Only one bag can make both your journey and stay less stressful. Not having heaps of luggage to keep track of or clothing to dig through can bring a real sense of peace and freedom!
📅 7. Makes plan changes easier
Because getting around is so much easier, you don’t have to stick to a strict schedule, but can even add fun little side excursions. Why let excess stuff you don’t even use make you miss out on great new experiences?
🚉 8. Get around more easily and save your back
Dragging lots of luggage up and down steps (common in Europe) is not fun. And neither is traveling with a backache from dragging around too much luggage.
🧭 9. You don’t stand out
Stand out as a helpless, confused tourist, that is! Zipping around with only one small bag makes you seem confident and less likely to fall for both tourist gimmicks and thieves.
👚 10. You’ll probably use everything you take
I’ve killed my back dragging unnecessary stuff, but I say never again!! Now I usually use each item we take!
💵 11. You can save money
With airlines continually cutting baggage amounts and charging for bags, it’s just more sensible to travel light! Plus it could free you to use public transport, which is not only cheaper, but can be a great cultural experience!
“But what if I don’t pack enough?” you wonder…
We’ve been traveling with just one-bag for years, and that has never yet happened to us. And we figure that even if should happen, we’d prefer getting a useful souvenir like a new T-shirt rather tan some dust-collecting bauble!
Travel light! Why trade the adventure of new experiences for the burden of dragging lots of stuff around?Tweet