Traveling With One Carry-On Bag: Why & How
When traveling internationally or domestically one of the top concerns is safety. Not only is your safety important but the safety of your things . What do you do if you need to make a quick stop to the bathroom during a quick stop rest on a long bus ride. It also draws less attention to you as a foreigner. You have a better chance of blending in with the locals with one bag than you do with multiple suitcases, making it less likely for you to be a target of a crime.
When budget traveling often times the cheapest airlines have the strictest bag policies (i.e. Spirit, Frontier, etc.) If you can manage to fit everything into a backpack you can save yourself a ton of money. Cheap traveling is all about being flexible and adaptable. You can cut costs by packing lighter.
You Don’t Need All That Stuff (I promise)
Chronic over-packer? Challenge yourself on your next trip to a one bag rule. This will not only show you there is no point to over packing but it will also teach you how to pack smarter. Often times we over pack out of anxiety. “what if I need this or that” or “ I need different color shoes for every day of the week.” These myths are usually a way for assert control over the unknown. This bad habit often results in buying a new wardrobe before every trip.
Most Places Have Washer, Dryers, and Toiletries
Check to see if where you are going has a washer and dryer. Sometimes I have even roughed it out and hand washed my clothes (its all about an authentic experience, am I right?) Re-wear your clothes, this will allow you to pack less. Do not buy your toiletries ahead of time. Often times your accommodation will provide soap and shampoo so why waste the money and the bag space.
Convenience and Freedom
Having multiple bags is not only a safety risk it is also an inconvenience to keep an eye on. Packing one bag allows me to be as spontaneous as I want. If i decide to switch plan and visit an unplanned city with some new friends I can just grab my bag and go. There is less to pack, less to lug, and so much more to experience.