The Ultimate Carry-On Packing List

When traveling with just a carry-on, it’s crucial to only pack what you need. Although it may be tough to narrow down everything you own into one carry-on bag, the liberating feeling of traveling light is absolutely worth the time and effort!

Choosing the right carry-on bag is the first, if not most important decision you’ll make. Find something that is comfortable, durable, and fits the necessary airline dimensions.

Standard’s Carry-On Backpack not only meets international airline rules, but its ability to transform from a backpack into a suitcase or shoulder bag makes it one of the most versatile bag options on the market. And at only 3.7 pounds, you’re guaranteed to have more than enough room for the rest of your clothes and personal items!


Let’s face it – clothes can be bulky and take up unnecessarily large amounts of space in your bag. The key is to pack lightweight clothes that can be easily washed and air dried. Unless you’re fortunate enough to have washer and dryer access, you’ll probably be relying on washing your underwear and socks in the sink.

Sorry to say, but even if you love that chunky-knit sweater, it’s probably best to leave it at home this time around. For a 7-10 day trip, I recommend packing the following clothing items:

  • 2 pairs of bottoms
  • 3 t-shirts or tops
  • 1 lightweight jacket
  • 1 pair of comfortable shoes
  • 4-5 pairs of underwear
  • 4-5 pairs of socks


If you’re flying with your carry-on, remember that toiletries need to be TSA compliant (1 quart size bag of liquid containers under 3.4 oz). Standard’s Carry-On Backpack has a separate compartment to store liquids, giving you easy access to what you need in order to breeze through airport security.

If space in your bag is limited, then another option is to bring travel-friendly solid toiletries like solid soap and solid shampoo. Here are a few toiletry essentials you’ll want to pack for your next trip:

  • Toothbrush and travel size toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Solid shampoo/conditioner/soap
  • Lip balm
  • Small lotion or moisturizer
  • Any contacts, saline solution or prescribed medications


Electronics may be crucial for your entertainment or work, but they can also be quite heavy. Think about downsizing your laptop to a tablet, swapping your DSLR for your smartphone camera, and packing in-ear headphones instead of the massive over-the-ear ones.

Don’t forget the necessary chargers, travel adapters, and convertors if you’re headed abroad. Nobody wants to be stuck mid-flight completely unplugged and disconnected!

  • Cell phone (and charger)
  • Camera
  • Tablet loaded with apps, movies and books (and charger)
  • Headphones
  • Universal adapter

Your own packing list will depend on your destination and length of your trip, but this curated should cover the basic carry-on necessities you’ll want to bring.

You’re now prepared to take on the world and travel (lightly and more efficiently!) anywhere your heart desires!

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