Traveling lightly or with hand luggage – here are my tips

I usually travel quite lightly and, if possible, with hand luggage alone. I have previously written experiences and packing tips alone to hand luggage for travel, but they have dealt with a particular trip. While those tips can be drawn quite universally, I was now thinking of putting together my advice for both lighter travel and just leaving with hand luggage under one post.

I’ve mentioned it before, I do not have always been a small backpack shoulder swinging a couple of weeks embarked on a journey expert, but I have learned the tricks of light packaging, sometimes the hard way, sometimes the other good tips for picking up.

I could also argue that going on a trip with a small and light amount of goods is, in a way, an instrumental sport. It is not always enough to already have something at home if you want to optimize the size and weight of the goods you are going on a trip, but you may have to make some specific purchases for this.

There are certainly as many ways to travel and carry a lighter baggage allowance as there are travellers, but here are my tips on how to trim and lighten your suitcase or backpack.


Especially when flying and travelling only with hand luggage, it matters what kind of carrier you pack your belongings on. All airlines have some sort of criteria for the size and weight of your Baggage to be carried as hand luggage.

The choice of the carrier also has another meaning: if you are going on a weekend trip with a suitcase that can hold half of the property, it will usually also be filled with nothing in vain, as there is space. One of the most convenient ways to take with you just what you need is to fit it in the smallest possible bag or backpack. This does not become overpacked, as no roach in the “what if” category will fit in the selected cabbage.

Which carrier is included?

This is a matter of taste. You can bring a bag, backpack or suitcase on wheels if you wish. I don’t like suitcases terribly and I don’t even own any of them at the moment. On the other hand, I own backpacks in front of it too – they can be found in different sizes, packed differently and as well as possible for different situations. I always pack my stuff either in a backpack or, if necessary, in a backpack.

I have noticed fully sold on flights in that part of the cabin baggage will normally hold, since all products do not fit into the cabin. I have also noted that the hold is controlled suitcases rather than backpacks or other softer nyssäköitä. This, too, speaks in favour of bringing a backpack – it usually fits at least under the front seat, and therefore all your belongings are always allowed to be carried with you.

In addition to one larger hand luggage, several airlines also allow a small handbag, laptop bag, or another similar small bag. However, not everyone allows this. I usually still carry a small cloth shoulder or handbag in addition to the backpack, both at the airport and later for use at the destination. At the airport, the most important things go handily at hand, but if necessary, a small bag made of light material slips inside the backpack with its contents if the airline allows only one piece of hand luggage in the cabin.

How do I pack a bag or backpack for my trip?

I don’t like to throw things, clothes, cosmetics and know what carrier how it hurts. I like organized packaging. For this, I use a lot of different thin, sometimes also waterproof bags. The use of pouches has the advantage that they keep the goods under control and when the bag or backpack is packed, its entire contents are not tangled or dripped, but the goods remain inside the pouches.

The bags should be filled with similar content. For example, I carry electronics in one bag, along with everything small needed, such as patches, painkillers, small scissors, pins and ribbon tape. I even put my clothes in my bags. Tops together, bottoms together. Cosmetics go in their bag. And if you carry liquids in your hand luggage, they go in their own separate, standards-compliant bag. Other possible cosmetics go to a different bag.

After all, I didn’t bag every single thing. Some go loose, for example, in the small pockets of the backpack, but a large part of the goods, especially those that go into the big pocket of the backpack, go into the bags. It is also a good idea to pack the carrier so that the things you think you need first are on top. When you always pack your stuff in roughly the same way, it’s also easier to remember which stuff is going anywhere, and the use of carrying is smooth.

If you also take a hold bag with you, remember that currency, travel documents, medicines, home keys and similar important things always carry in your hand luggage! This reduces the risk and problems of losing goods if the trunk is lost. Also, the power bank/backup power supply must always be packed in hand luggage.


Before, I over-packed especially the clothes. I brought my pieces of clothing with me and something to match with them. But, of course, different clothes go hand in hand with all my favourite stuff, so there could be dozens of clothes left for the weekend trip as well.

It’s worth considering whether it’s possible to wash your clothes on the trip, either by washing somewhere or with a fist laundry in the accommodation’s sink. At least underwear, socks and light shirts are easy to wash in the sink and dry quickly for use. The possibility of laundry can reduce the number of clothes to bring.

What’s up?

Sure, the amount of clothing you leave depends a lot on the destination, activities, and climate of the trip, but I can at least give some kind of universal rules of thumb. I have found that up to one week trip is enough to usually two, sometimes three lower part and about double the amount of the upper parts. For longer trips, you can pack a little more, depending on the laundry facilities. But very much more clothes, as a rule, do not have to be brought along, even if the travel time is longer.

You can reduce the number of clothes with a couple of sensible choices: you should bring clothes made of good materials and compatible with each other. Already at home, you should look at the weather conditions in the destination and pick up a potential set of weather-appropriate clothes from your wardrobe. Of these candidates, it is worth considering that at least almost all of the clothes are compatible with as many other outgoing clothes as possible so that all of them can be combined and get several functional outfits as needed. This is easily achieved even by choosing dark bottoms and lighter tops or patterned tops and monochrome bottoms.

You should also choose clothes made of lighter fabrics. Many jeans or even skirts or knits made of heavy fabric should not be included, either at all or at least one more, if it is not necessary. If you need a jacket, you should also choose it to suit other outgoing clothes, so that one jacket is enough. Layering thin clothes usually do the same thing as one thicker garment!

I rarely take jeans with me on trips. If I do, I will pack no more than one. By the way, I prefer skirts and tights, in the warmest areas, in addition to skirts, shorts or even dresses.

Some garments are specifically designed to go small or wrinkle-free. Such purchases are worth making if you feel that the clothes you bring in are destroying space. I just bought a black jacket from Uniqlo that holds the wind and rain, which rolls into a bar the size of a hamster. This has travelled right away with me on trips, either as an overcoat or as an intermediate jacket.

Shoes take up a lot of space and usually weigh quite a lot. I have bought Jalas shoes that I can use as many trip destinations, and so they are often the only journey by leaving shoes. They are black and relatively clean, so they fit almost any outfit, they hold water, they have a sturdy base and are suitable for both urban conditions as well as multi-day hikes.

If another pair of shoes needs to be brought along, I try to make the other pair as light as possible and pack in a small space. Packing in a small space can be promoted by tying the shoes together even with shoelaces or by packing socks inside the shoes to avoid wasted space.

Also, I usually carry at least one scarf with me. Of course, it brings variety to the outfits used on the trip, but it also works in other ways: as a pillow or blanket, even when sleeping on the plane or a cold train or bus ride.

If by having to take clothes that are rypistymisherkkiä, I bought them for a small, maybe 15 mL driven in a spray bottle, which can take a trip by. With the help of the spray bottle, you can easily wrinkle your clothes and make them easy to use again.

How to pack?

The thickest clothes (and the heaviest shoes) should always be put on for the duration of the flight. In this case, they do not take up space in the bag.

I always pack my clothes by rolling, I don’t pack them straight from the wardrobe scythe into a backpack. As I said in the packaging tips, I don’t usually put clothes one by one in the backpack, but I first pack them in clothes bags on a roll and pack the bags as larger units in the backpack.

I usually pack the tops in one bag, the bottoms in the second and third socks, underwear, tights and nightwear.

If there are a lot of clothes, or you have to bring much thicker clothes, at least, in that case, the vacuum bags available from Clas Ohlson are an absolute must-have for the trip. The clothes are rolled and placed in a vacuum bag, then the bag is closed and the air is rolled out of it. In this way, the clothes take up much less space in the carrier.


I have written in your post about how to operate the flight to the so-called liquids, that is, with multiple forms of cosmetics, if they want to be included in carry-on baggage. You can read that story here. Because I think in that post about I have already opened up quite well with the liquids travel secrets and issued related tips, given this topic briefly.

What’s up?

On a trip, you certainly don’t need the same comedy arsenal as at home. Only the essentials should be included. Cosmetics should also be packaged in small, travelable jars and packages. However, you don’t usually need the entire contents of the portico during a week or two trips.

If the shampoo is at home in a 500-millilitre pack and you need three to four washes of it, pour the product into an empty jar with a maximum capacity of one hundred millilitres and you will get the required amount with you. And you don’t have to carry unnecessary weight with you. Of the one hundred millilitres of grease, on the other hand, you probably only need about a beak, so fill a small jar with a lid with grease and leave the big pack at home.

How to pack?

If you want to carry liquids with you in your hand luggage, keep in mind that you can take one transparent and resealable package (for example, a Minigrip bag) with a maximum capacity of one litre, which must accommodate all the liquids you carry. Liquids placed in a liquid bag may be in jars with a maximum capacity of 100 ml, but need not be in the original packaging. Remember that mascara, for example, is a product that can be considered a liquid in air travel.


Especially when going on a shorter trip, it is worth remembering that you should enjoy being on the trip, and not focus too much on rotating in the accommodation and striving for a homely atmosphere. You don’t need that stuff so horribly when you go on a trip. The fewer stimuli and pointless you carry with you, the more time you have to focus on the target itself.

For myself, the electronics bring the most weight, as it would be good to have different lenses in the camera, images sometimes have to be captured on a machine or hard drive, and the included devices need to be charged. However, in addition to electronics, quite a bit of other stuff is included.

What’s up?

Not the trip, of course, need to leave only a passport and a toothbrush with, but surprisingly little with the material possessions I still noticed are doing well when I was on the way, and then also in domestic environments. And they can accommodate quite small kilos if they want to go according to their needs.

I need towels almost every time I travel, as I usually stay in hostels, where not all towels are included in the price of the room or bed. For this reason, I have invested in very small towels that also pack into a small space and also very light.

The tablet drives me to do many things: it works as a library, a television, a blog writing tool, air entertainment, a travel diary, and many other things. I like physical books more and sometimes some paperback comes along, but if I know I’ll have time to read a lot, I don’t want to take multiple books with me, making a tablet an easier option. Finnish libraries are also starting to have good e-book selections, so e-books can be borrowed easily and free of charge for the duration of the trip.

The camera with its tiles sometimes takes up so much space and weight that I don’t always bother to take it with the charger but try to keep up with two fully charged camera batteries. Of course, the charger is also included for longer trips, but here, too, you can lighten it up a bit, especially with larger cameras.

I prefer to use my water bottle when travelling, as the use of continuous small bottles bought from the store is not ecological. A normal, empty bottle of water doesn’t press much but still takes up as much space as an empty bottle. Today, fortunately, you can buy water bottles made by many different manufacturers, which take up almost no space when empty. Mine is made by Osprey and Platypus.

You should prepare for possible rainy weather with rainproof outerwear. If this is not possible, you should buy an umbrella or raincoat that goes into the smallest possible space.

If it is known that many people may need the same stuff, but everyone doesn’t need to use their own, it is worth agreeing on who will bring what. This way, everything you need is included, but everyone’s load is lightened a bit. If someone even has a travel-sized hairdryer and can share its use with others, others may not need to lug their hairdryers along.

There are also small things like sewing supplies, ribbon tape, cable ties, scissors, a multifunction tool, a flashlight and other things that are especially necessary for backpackers but not necessarily necessary during the trip.


Today, there are many places where you can buy travel-sized and otherwise travel-friendly products. There is hardly a need to assemble every single product on a trip, but at least the products that accompany almost every trip would certainly be nice to make as compact as possible.

Flying Tigers also sell all nifty travel-related products on sale.

Several stores already have some sort of travel-sized cosmetics available, but it’s worth considering whether it’s going to be cheaper and more convenient to buy travel-sized empty packs and fill them with your favourite cosmetics.

Small drink bottles should be googled with the keyword soft flask.

Hopefully here are some good tips for lighter travel! The most important thing, I think, is that if the amount of goods produces inconvenience, you cut back a little at a time and even write down for yourself what the clothes and goods involved ultimately needed and what didn’t. This helps you figure out what you need when travelling and what stuff is involved in vain.

And a traveller of a lighter bag may not become an instant. I took the time to be able to include only the compulsory one.

I would also like to hear sun tips on how to travel lightly!