Carry-On Luggage is the perfect way to travel for those who want to save money and be more mobile.
Pros of traveling with carry-on only.
- Quicker times in and out the Airport
- Save money on Airline luggage costs
- Never have a lost bag
- Easy to travel by bus or car
- Buy less items because you don't have room for anything
Cons of traveling with carry-on only.
- Less room for luggage
- Essentials only
- A lot of weight (sometimes) to carry around
Best Carry-On Luggage combo
I will break down my normal luggage combo. Since I need to carry around camera equipment and other minor computer gear, I have one backpack specifically for my important/expensive equipment. The other bag is for clothes, shoes, and toiletries.
Incase Designs DSLR Pro Pack Camera Backpack
The Incase DSLR Backpack holds every single piece of expensive equipment I own. It's large enough to hold everything I need and small enough to pass as a personal item on a plane.
This bag is also great for working on the go. If you want to bring you computer the a coffee shop, empty out all the camera gear, and you are good to go.
NorthFace Base Camp Duffel - Medium
This NorthFace bag doubles as a duffel bag and a backpack. This is key for both airports and outside of airport travel. When in the airport sometimes you need it to be a duffel bag, however, when traveling by bus or walking around, the backpack aspect is perfect.
This bag holds 8 days or clothes, 3 pairs of shoes, a tripod, and much more.
I chose the NorthFace because I dislike the traditional "Backpacker" packs. Not my style.
There are many ways you can travel carry-on only. Mine is simply an example for the best combo I've found in two years. Keep in mind I have quite a bit of camera equipment. You could travel with only the NorthFace or a bag as big.
Anytime I see people at the luggage wheel, I just smile and walk out the airport. I'm always the first from my flight to be leaving the airport. If you can deal without a LARGE amount of clothes, you will find this method of travel is much more enjoyable than the wheel luggage bags.