I travel for 14 days at a time with just a carry-on suitcase - here's exactly what I pack
Maya Kachroo-LevineMar 7, 2019, 11.32 PM
I travel for weeks at a time with just one piece of luggage: a carry-on suitcase
My mantra is, if the product isn't multi-purpose, it isn't coming with me.
The first thing I eliminate is shoes-it's the biggest space saver.
Checking luggage just isn't for me.
It's partially because I'm opposed to the notion that checking a bag should cost money, and partially because I worry about my suitcase getting lost. When I'm in a new place, it really grounds me to have my essentials in tow. And if my suitcase gets lost for the first few days of my travel, I'll spend the trip feeling unsettled rather than exploring my new surroundings.
That being said, I try to always do long trips with only a carry-on. I once moved to France for six months with just a 30-pound checked bag, so packing for a two-week trip in a regulation-sized carry-on is a piece of cake. I've never Marie Kondo'd my life, but I love to Marie Kondo my packing list.
Here's what my packed carry-on looks like for a typical two-week trip:
When it's time to start filling the suitcase, I try to keep color palette in mind as much as possible so I can mix and match what I've brought. Most of the clothes I bring for travel are various neutral shades, black, or muted colors (like a slate gray or olive green), so they can be paired up interchangeably.
Here are my must-haves for a 14-day trip with only a carry-on: