Travelling The World With Only Carry-On Luggage. Is This Possible?

Travelling The World With Only Carry-On Luggage. Is This Possible?

Photographer and author of thirteen design and architecture books Jill Paider has travelled the world, including reaching her goal of going to 100 countries before the age of 40 (which she achieved with the aid of an around-the-world trip in 2011).  She has also achieved what is the impossible for many women, including moi.  

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Ok, I have improved my packing skills since travelling to Port Douglas with fifteen pairs of shoes, but I am known to go to our holiday home for the weekend (where I do have essentials, clothes and shoes) and take an extra-large suitcase, so travelling around the world with only carry-on luggage seems impossible to me. 

So, what is Jill’s secret, especially when she travels to countries with warm and colder climates? In her latest book, “Carry-On Only – Confessions From 100 Countries”, which is a memoir of her travels, photography and making her thirteen books, Jill also reveals her secrets to travelling only with carry-on luggage.

"That was the hardest carry-on only trip. It was in December and I started off in Istanbul, where it was fairly mild. But then as I moved east, I was in Vietnam, which was warmer, and then Tokyo which was colder." Jill Paider in an interview with CNN Travel.


Here are Jill’s secrets to packing lightly:

1.    Keep It Simple

Keep your packing small and straightforward by researching what is available at your destination so if you need to, you can purchase items while away.

 "I think it's just having all the basics and then really knowing, if there's an emergency or you need something special, knowing what you can buy in the location that you're in."

2.    Accessories

Layer your clothes and change the styles with accessories.  Having the right accessories, including hats and scarves will make you feel like you have a new outfit every day.

"You can pick up sarongs and other things to layer with tops that are just lightweight," 

3.    Roll, roll and more roll

Purchasing light-density items that will still look amazing when you roll them up into a ball to pack are a vital element to travelling light.

"Having things that will pack well, you can roll well, that are very light-density items, which still look good when you wear them."

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So what is in Jill’s suitcase?  

1.    Umbrella 

2.    Eye mask to sleep with

3.    Comfortable shoes (one pair only) that can be worn to dinner too

4.    Tea, snacks and jet lag pills

5.    Basic cosmetics 

6.    Portable yoga mat to stretch

7.    Camera gear designed for travelling

8.    Clothing

"You really can't afford to have a regular-sized piece of equipment if you're travelling carry-on only."

As you can see by the images, Jill wears another pair of shoes, an outfit of clothing, including a coat (mainly a trench as it can be worn day and night) and boots on the plane. These are also essential items, but too large for carry-on luggage, so she wears them. 

So, I am now off to pack for my Vietnam holiday.  Do you think I will be only taking carry-on luggage?  

Carolyn Rowland is a qualified NLP Master Therapist, Advanced Practitioner of Matrix Therapies, Time Line Therapist, Practitioner of Hypnotherapy, has a Diploma for Business and Life Coaching and A Professional Image Stylist.  Carolyn is happily married to her husband Simon, and raised four beautiful children, who are now young adults and a teenager.


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