Than I let them go and get frustrated and they eventually come back and ask what they’re doing wrong.
It’s at that point I smile and say, “One bag travel is not about the bag. It’s not about the packing list. It’s about the mindset.”
And then I give them the basics:
1) You must pack only those items you truly need.
2) You must limit your “what if” items–those items you take “just in case.”
3) For every item you pack, you have to ask yourself, “do I really need this?” and “will I use it enough to warrant carrying it my entire trip?”
4) You must be willing to do laundry along the way.
5) You must make sure the items you pack are meant for one bag travel. Are your clothes easily washed, quick drying and wrinkle free? Are they of good enough quality that they will last the entire trip and then some? Do the colors mix and match so you can do with less clothes yet have a larger choice when combining items.
6) Are you willing to take along just enough toiletries to get you started and then replenish as you go?
7) Everything you eventually take with you must fit in one, wheel-less*, carry on bag measuring no more than standard carry-on dimensions: 22″ x 14″ x 9″/56cm x 35cm x 22cm. (This will vary depending on the airline you are flying.) The use of a second, smaller, personal item is optional. (Gold stars to those who can put their personal item inside their carry-on.)
One-bag/light travel is not for everyone. And after trying it, it’s not for you, that’s fine. Everyone should travel in a way that makes the happy.
If this type of travel is for you, then I hope this website will be of help.
One more thing, I know there are many of you who prefer a wheeled carry on size bag and you’re wondering if this site has anything to offer you. The answer is a resounding yes. While we prefer to travel without wheels, the principles of one bag travel will work for you as well. Just skip the wheel-less part. But don’t ask us to recommend a wheeled bag. 🙂