Traveling can be daunting and it seems like 99% of the population packs too much. This is particularly true for carry on bags, when all too frequently I see travelers fumbling for documents, books, headphones, and everything else.
Which leads me to today's topic: here are 7 things - and only 7 things - to bring in your carry on bag for your next journey.
This is, and likely always will be, the number one item in my carry-on. The first time I held a MacBook Air I was astounded with how light it actually was, and now with the best versions including 8 GB of memory, 500GB of storage and a 1.7 GHz processor, all the power you need is in an incredibly lightweight device.
I chose the 11'' version because I like to write when I fly, but the 13'' version is even more popular (albeit for a higher price).
It took me a long time to switch from physical books to a Kindle. To me, having the book in hand was always an integral part of reading. While I still believe this to be true, the benefits of a Kindle far outweigh the drawbacks. Packing is all about maximizing space and having 10+ books in a thin, lightweight reader makes carrying all that knowledge a breeze. Not to mention you have access to millions of books wherever there is WiFi, a huge plus.
Probably the most important item for modern day travelers, a travel adapter ensures you can charge all the laptops, tablets, phones, cameras, and everything else you need. While you should always research what a countries outlets are prior to going, getting an adapter that works in over 150 countries and includes two USB slots is a good start. Don't forget to also pack your USB cords for your most important devices.
The most multi-purpose item on this list is a Turkish Towel. Useful as a blanket on the plane, towel on the beach or even head-scarf in religious destinations, Andrea and I both rarely leave the hotel room without it. In month three of our around-the-world trip, I can safely say that this is the most useful item and best value for the money.
I received this camera as a birthday gift and have been enjoying the benefits ever since. While the Sony brand means it is a steep price to pay, the camera has many features of a DLSR that would be double the price (or more). Most of the photos on this site were taken with the Sony RX 100ii and I particularly like the quality for low-light images and human faces.
Plus, as you can probably tell by now, the portability is a huge factor for me - I often have this camera in my pocket without a case and it is barely noticeable, both in terms of weight and overall size.
Right now I am writing this from the islands of Thailand, where there are remote places that can contain little civilization. I also haven't seen an outlet in several days. But with my solar-powered charger, I've been able to keep my tablets and any other USB-powered device fully charged. This is the best-kept secret of travelers off the beaten path, and great in a pinch if you need to make an emergency call and phone is dead.
The last item on this list is perhaps the most important. Personally, I hate the sound of plane engines or crying babies - then again, who does? - so an expensive pair of headphones is worth it for me. I just consider the flight and hotel savings to more than offset a purchase like this.
While many prefer the over-ear option from Bose, after testing the two I found the in-ear QuietComfort 20i's to be even more effective in noise cancellation.
Seven items, one lightweight carry-on and an immeasurably better travel experience - all yours by purchasing the above products (just don't forget your passport too). The cost is great, but the value is undeniable.
As a current owner of each of these - including the recommended cases for electronics - I strongly believe in the products and welcome any questions you may have.