How to pack for a weekend trip like a BOSS.
Last short trip I took, to Seattle, I flew with Frontier Airlines, one of our many top-tier domestic carriers here in the U.S. As it turns out, Frontier Airlines now charges for carry-on AND checked bags. The only thing which is free is your 8x14x18 “personal item,” a.k.a. whatever you can fit under your seat. This has probably been the case for a while, but I do most of my flying internationally, so it was a bit of a rude surprise.
Being young and cheap, you know what I opted to do. So, here’s a 5-day packing list for Seattle which will fit under your seat, for free.
Since writing this post, I have since used this same pack for a 2-month international trip. Read a more in-depth packing post about that trip, here.
Everything in the photo fits into the 18L Camelbak, minus the sleeping bag, which I checked into a traveling partner’s bag. Since most digital nomads and weekend travelers won’t be camping like I was, you can safely forget the sleeping bag. I removed the hydration bladder from the Camelbak, and used that compartment to hold my laptop.
5-Day Digital Nomad Packing List
I mastered the art of traveling light while on my most recent long-term stint as a digital nomad, so packing wasn’t that hard. I actually ended up bringing several items I didn’t even use! (Would have swapped the shorts for another pair of pants).
Here’s what I brought for 5 days in Seattle:
- Macbook Air & Charger
- Smartphone & charger
- Amazon Kindle (If you love books like I do, the Kindle’s way more packable than multiple paperbacks)
- Power Bank (For charging while on-the-go)
- 1x pair of earbuds (more packable than real headphones)
- 4x T-shirts
- 2x Shorts (one pair casual, one pair athletic)
- 3x Beanies (I like hats)
- 2x Ex Officio Travel Underwear (great for extended wear, and easy to wash)
- 1x Rain jacket (This is Seattle we’re talking about here…)
- 1x Casual light jacket/hoodie
- 3 Pairs socks (smell-resistant Merino Wool ones, preferably)
- 1 pair chinos or jeans (personal preference)
- 1 belt
- Moleskine Notebook (For journaling/brainstorming/getting away from the computer)
That’s it! That packing list was PERFECT for my five-day trip. Like I said, I even ended up not using a few item, like the journal. I was having too much fun! Hope this list helps you slim down your packing for your next trip!
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15 thoughts on “Digital Nomad’s Packing List for a Carry-On Only Trip”
What an awesome list! I always seem to forget things when I pack light.
Can’t you put Kindle on the Macbook? I have it on my iPad – I don’t even own a Kindle, just read Kindle ebooks on the iPad.
Totally agree about the Ex Officio undies, lol.
you can read ebooks on your computer, yeah. I find the kindle a lot kinder on the eyes, though!
Between the iPad, the camera and the smart phone I figure I already travel with more than enough electronics!
Fair! I’m a big reader so I love having books to read—although half the time I just end up picking up a paperback from the hostel book exchange 😛
Rock on — appreciate the tip, man !!
Yeah, I really dig your posts like this + for example, 7 Tools To Make Your Digital Nomad Life Easier post.
It’s always nice to see what another blogger does 🙂
Great post. Hope you don’t mind that I reblogged it.
Of course not! Thank you! 😊
Reblogged this on Two Wheeled Life.
Hey dude — quality post, like always 🙂
Keep up the good work !!
p.s. when did you get affiliate links and where can I get some of those? 😉
Cheers bromigo ✌️
I use Amazon Affiliates, which is free to join and really easy to use. You can sign up here: https://affiliate-program.amazon.com/
Nice job! Good tips. But a girls gotta have accessories 🤣
I have packing for three week trip into an overhead bin carry-on down to a fine art! Some of my friends think I’m some sort of wizard! Packing for under the seat.. now that’s a whole new wizardry challenge.
Packing is an art!!