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To pack or not to pack? Part 2 : Three weeks, one carry-on


Yesterday, I posted about travelling for 3 months with a 36 litre backpack. 

Today, my situation is a bit different. I’m going away for 3 weeks, which will be spent partially in meetings, partially hanging out with family, and partially going out with friends.

Is it possible to pack for this trip without checking any luggage?

The answer is yes!

I (kind of) followed Vanessa’s advice. Her blog post is great because it details each part of packing. Since I’m still supposed to be packing right now (and doing dishes, and cleaning), I’m just going to post what I ended up deciding to bring. I actually ended up bringing more stuff than what Vanessa allows for.fr_1417

In this picture is everything that I’m bringing.

Clothes : 2 pairs of pants, 3 dresses, 5 nice tops, 3 pairs of leggings. 12 pairs of socks and underwear (re: I don’t want to have to do laundry over and over), 6 tank tops (I wear them under everything, and then to sleep each night), two bras, and one pair of yoga pants to sleep in. Also, one pair of indoor shoes.

Toiletries : The pink stripy thing contains bits and pieces – toothbrush, deodorant, jewellery and makeup. My 3-1-1 bag contains shampoo, soap, etc. – anything liquid.

This is the final product. It actually contains what I’m going to wear on the flight, so I actually have some free space.


Others : I’m going on this trip for work, so I need my laptop, cellphones, etc. (sadface) Along with my rolling suitcase, I am bringing a ‘personal item’, which is my laptop bag. It contains (obviously) my laptop, some paperwork, my phones, my kindle and a tuque that I’m currently knitting. I’m actually not sure if I’m allowed to bring needles on the plane, but we’ll see!

So, all in all, this is everything that I’m bringing for my 3 week trip.


Not too bad! I feel like when I take off for my RTW trip, I’ll be able to do it with my good ol’ 36er!

5 thoughts on “To pack or not to pack? Part 2 : Three weeks, one carry-on

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  4. Re knitting, I would recommend taking something you can string your knitting on to so that if your needles are confiscated you won’t lose you work, or wool! I looked on a lot of forums before my last business trip and they all pretty much said the same thing. Have a good trip! X

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