Editor's note: I asked Laura Luthy to share some of her packing secrets with us since she is able to take long trips with carry-on only.
(I’m sending out a few tips that have worked for me when traveling internationally. It is so helpful to pack lightly!
Having a rolling carry on case that doesn’t need to be checked and a back pack allows for speed and flexibility. No need to wait to check or pick up baggage. There is also no risk of lost luggage. You can also move about more quickly and fit into small areas which are more common in other countries.
The lists that have been provided are adequate if you launder along the way. Having a small clothes line and soap are a must. One tip that works for me is to use compression packing cubes. (see the photos at the left) I typically use : 1 large for pants, shorts, dresses, jackets or other larger bulky items 1 medium for tops and swim wear 2 small, one for garments or underclothing and the other for socks, pajamas or other small accessories such as collapsible hats, etc.
You can pack more in if you roll things tightly as shown on the upper left photo 2. Once cube is filled, you zip it. Then zip the compression zipper. You will be amazed at how much smaller it will become! ................................................................................ Another other favorite tip:
A stowaway duffle takes a small amount of space going and will serve as a bag for souvenirs (you know you will have them!!) on the return home. I usually will check my rolling carryon for the flight home (not as worried if it gets delayed) and carry the duffle full of treasures and my backpack (2 allowable pieces) so as not to break anything.