Sometimes it is practically only bringing carry-on luggage, so here are my tips for just that:
On the picture you can se what I bring as carry-on luggage: a small soft suitcase and the medium size Longchamp Le Pliage.
Even though my suitcase is soft, I would recommend a hard case with four wheels, as it can be checked-in if needed, and the four wheels are just nice, if the suitcase gets heavy. That is the kind of suitcase I’m going to replace my current suitcase with at some point.
I love my Longchamp Le Pliage as a handbag for travel as it is lightweight, waterproof and can be folded to store in the suitcase if necessary, and it surprisingly hold a lot.
In the handbag:
– Wallet/purse with: passport, money + VISA, insurance papers and potentially any other papers allowing you to carry things for your health (in my case diabetes).
– Folder with: plane tickets + other tickets, information about the hotel and visa if necessary
– Zip lock bag with: shampoo, cream, toothpaste and other liquids from the toiletry bag
– Zip lock bag with: medication
– A small snack
– Something to read on the plane/guide book
– Band aids, tissues and wipes
– Other medication
– Chewing gum for the plane
In the suitcase:
– A folded bag (for laundry)
– Lint roll
– Charger for phone/camera
– Toiletry bag with non-liquids
– A pair of shoes
– Socks and underwear
– Two bottoms
– One top a day
I make sure that my tops and bottoms can be mixed and matched, and that I have one set, that can be worn to a nice restaurant. I always travel wearing jeans and the heaviest pair of shoes, as they take up too much space in the suitcase otherwise.
See my tips on hand luggage, when you have checked in luggage as well.