How to go on holiday with just a carry on bag

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The idea of packing everything you need for your travels into a carry on can seem daunting, but it's entirely possible. With these handy tips, you'll be jetsetting around the world with just one bag and an adventurous spirit in no time.

What should you leave behind?

There are some sneaky items taking up space in your bag that you can actually leave behind. You don't need to take a towel, for instance. Hotels have these available and often even provide towels that you can take with you to the beach.

Toiletries such as shampoo, conditioner and body wash are other amenities and you can use from your hotel. If you have sensitive skin or a personal preference, chances are there will be a nearby supermarket or pharmacy where you can buy these items while you're travelling.

You should also leave behind maps, printed destination guides and books – but more on these shortly. 

What should you take?

As well as culling what you can do without, it is important to carefully select what makes it into your bag. Taking versatile items is absolutely essential.

Choose clothing pieces that can be used in a variety of ways. Black jeans, classic white shirts, brown boots, a black dress and blazers can be dressed up or down and are perfect when you're travelling light. Choose good quality basics in fabrics that will wear well and last during your adventures. Remember to wear any bulky jackets or boots on your flight, leaving more room in your carry-on.

Along with these pieces, take along some colourful accessories. This is a great way to switch up your outfit without having to pack a whole heap of clothes. A bold statement necklace can take a dress or shirt from day to night, and a colourful scarf can brighten up a neutral outfit.

In a similar sense, take versatile technology. There are many incredible products available on the market today that can function as a lot of tools in one. It is worth it to invest in a phone with a high quality camera, map capabilities and the option to download handy applications.

There are also a range of extras that could prove useful. For instance, you can buy a lens addition to help you take top quality snaps along your journey, or a waterproof case for your tropical getaway.

If you're an avid reader, there are many e-readers or electronic books that can hold thousands of novels that will see you through to the end of your holiday. They're especially designed for ultimate readability, with a screen that will be kind to your eyes and a battery life that will last for a whole week of beach- or poolside reading.

What to keep in mind?

Pack your absolute essentials in first, followed by the things you would like to take. Keep organised and prepare a list for a good overview on what you need to pack. The chances are there will always be opportunities to get what you need wherever you are.

While it may be comforting to take everything you could possibly need for any situation, you may find it liberating to take only what's vital.

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