Packing Mistakes for One Bag Travel | What Not To Pack in Your Carry On & Other Helpful Tips

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39 thoughts on “Packing Mistakes for One Bag Travel | What Not To Pack in Your Carry On & Other Helpful Tips

  1. Dan Lin says:

    I’ve actually never had any issues traveling with multiple 3oz liquid toiletry items through both international and domestic travel with both just carry-ones, and with checked-in bags. Have traveled across Europe and annually to Taiwan and Mexico. I fly a few times a year domestically too for both leisure and work. I’m talking liquid body&face wash, shampoo, various face and hand lotions, contact solution, hair pomade, 3oz bottle of a sanitizing spray, toothpaste, and a travel spray deodorant all in just in my solid colored toiletry Dopp kit. Not even in a clear bag because I didn’t know that was a strict thing. Plan to also add travel-sized shaving cream as well.

    Edit: I should be clear that not every listed item is 3oz in volume but more than half of the items are 2-3oz travel containers.

  2. Michelle DeGroot says:

    I tried packing carry-on for our Greece cruise, but I couldn't do it. It was so muggy out that we were changing clothes & showering as soon as we got back on the ship. We only had access to laundry once and the bag was super small. If I was to wash in the sink, it took 3 days to dry.

  3. Marco Galvez says:

    Travelling around Europe this fall with just the personal Item backpack. It's going to be the lightest I've ever travelled, and I'm looking forward to the minimilast style of travel. Plus a lot of money saved on low cost flights.

  4. Low Vision Life says:

    I <3 one-bag, carry-on only travel. The last couple of times I travelled, I encountered unseasonably cold weather that wasn't part of the forecasts I'd checked as I prepared. In hindsight, I wish the first thing I'd done when I was wearing every piece of clothing I brought and was still cold, is I wish I'd picked up a sweatshirt, or brought one piece like a sweater dress that I could have worn during the regular weather, but I didn't see it as being versatile enough so didn't bring. Until I was freezing my buns off in wind chill!

  5. Andy Prozeller says:

    What about a vid on traveling with necessary medical equipment, like a type one diabetic’s supplies, or someone with sleep apnea, epic pens, etc.? I mention this because I once witnessed this TSA agent seriously hassling a guy who was diabetic because he had supplies that surprised him

  6. White Bundies says:

    I have had many situations where a small packable duffel or backpack has saved me. Sometimes the TSA will decide to ruin your day and force you to check an item that it finds too dangerous for the cabin but perfectly safe for the cargo hold. During those rare times where I buy a lot of souvenirs, or maybe some special Greek Olive oil in a clay carafe, and TSA tries to fight me I just pull out my packable bag stuff it with deadly olive oil and send it to the cargo hold. Let's face it, trying to argue with the TSA is a loosing battle, a spare bag can save the day.

  7. Kota W. says:

    When it comes to meds try to get blister packs for travel. They pack lighter and smaller than bottles and you only need a few of each kind of med for a regular trip. Plus the blister packs keep the meds waterproof and have the drug info on them, just in case the authorities need to check your bag for some reason.

    Another alternative for prescriptions is to get a small prescription bottle that's just big enough to hold what you need. You can ask the pharmacy to give you a smaller bottle with the relevant drug info on it. This has saved my diabetic mother so much trouble when flying. She has to take quite a bit of medication and blister packs are hard for her to open. Also, a list of whatever medications and why you take them would be a good thing to keep in your bag along with the packing list.

  8. Scouty D says:

    As a MUA (makeup artist) we learn to decant & depot our products to reduce bulk & weight. Many travel sized products are usually too large. I have .33oz & .5oz bottles that hold enough of most products to last a few weeks. Solid cologne, hair gel, face cream, etc. can be put in smaller pots, just make sure the container has a seal (i.e.–foam) in the lid to keep it from leaking.

  9. Paul Ho says:

    It's about high time that y'all include a skincare routine in the toiletries. Maybe a toner isn't for everyone, but you're not going to scrape by without an actual face cleanser and hotels might have lotion but not a moisturizer, and definitely not sunscreen.

    Obviously toothbrush and toothpaste, maybe floss (sorry dentists!), and obviously not a full 10-step K-beauty regimen, but a basic setup ends up taking up a bit more space than most would think.

    I'm also starting to think tech packs actually with a hard or stiff shell end up taking more space than necessary too. If you're only filling it with a wall charger and cable, it's still going to take up the same space as several cables, portable battery and other charging bricks. The same way it's common to roll belts into a shoe, most charging accessories would probably be better off in other pockets and crevices than having a dedicated tech pouch take up space.

  10. Darrell Pistone says:

    I do not why but as a man who carries a small sling bag I have been told that counts as carry on and had to consolidate it into my actual carry on bag and have noticed woman with a purse and a couple bags just pass right through ? ! Subjective…. to who ever is checking…Lol…

  11. Steph Clarke says:

    I have done a number of 4-6 day trips with one personal item only on a smaller airline with a 6x13x17 limit. It's a super fun challenge and it's way easier for me than hauling a suitcase or a larger bag!

  12. TheScratchingKiwi says:

    Dr Bronner's is a great idea, but castille soap is harsh on skin and hair. If you have sensitive skin or coloured/damaged hair, avoid it. You'll need to find other options (shampoo bars, specialised soap for sensitive skin).

    A great tip I saw was putting mini soaps from the likes of ethique in drawstring mesh bags and fitting them into the Matador soap bag. The soaps are separated from each other and don't clump!

  13. sluttyfrogmagician says:

    7:25 -Look at the amount of container (a pointless hardshell zippered case) versus what it contains (a couple of cables, an adapter and a battery). I know this was just an example and the contents were chosen at random, and the case itself was probably provided in exchange for a review or product plug at some point, but that hardshell case is a great example of what NOT to use, unless it contains something that NEEDS a hardshell case and fills it out appropriately. Throwing the pictured items in a soft zippered pouch would be much better, because it will not take up any space that it doesn't need, and weighs less. Most travel "organizers" exist so they can be sold. You don't need a case with a little elastic band that holds every little item in its place, on a flat surface. That's just nothing but wasted space and weight.

  14. palierto says:

    When I started traveling with a 30L pack, the slogan became “wear one, wash one, plus one” which cut down on my every day clothing bulk (I was able to get everything in a single, smaller Eagle Creek packing cube.)

  15. homersimps0 says:

    I won’t travel for a whole lot of time but I am somehow obsessed with luggage videos 😂 😂😂 I recently bought a patagonia backpack because I wanted a laptop backpack, and I can’t stop imagining how I would pack things in it. This videos are so addicting and I am thinking about making a video of packing for a fantasy trip just because of the backpack. Someone hold my poodle please

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