If you pack everything on this list, you’ll have a little extra room in the 45L Outbreaker Backpack for souvenirs, extra outfits, or accessories. Everything will fit in the 35L Outbreaker, but you won’t have as much room to add to your base packing list.
Pack clothes in the main compartment. We recommend rolling, not folding, your clothes to minimize wrinkles.
- 4 short sleeve tops
- 2 long sleeve tops
- 2 bottoms: pants, skirts, etc
- 1 pair of gym shorts or lounge pants
- 6-7 pairs of underwear
- 6-7 pairs of socks
- 1 jacket
- 1 pair of lightweight, packable shoes (we love Allbirds)
- 1 swimsuit
Adapt the clothes you pack based on weather and your personal style.
Weather-specific packing tips:
Pack the following in the electronics compartment, flush against your back:
- 17” Laptop
- 9.7” Tablet
Pack these inside of a mesh pocket or in a packing cube:
- Laptop charger
- Tablet charger
- Smartphone charger
- Travel adapter
Pack these in the front compartment for easy access:
Don’t forget your smartphone. Zip it inside the hip belt pocket when you’re going through security.
Pare your toiletries down to the essentials to meet TSA’s 3-1-1 rule.
For carry ons, your liquids and gels must be in 3.4 ounce (or less) bottles. Those bottles must fit into a 1-quart plastic bag. Each passenger may only carry 1 such bag.
Pack your liquids bag in one of the mesh pockets for easy access when you’re going through security.
- Local ID
- Boarding pass
Depending on where you’re headed, you might want the following for a smoother experience at border control:
- Copy of your itinerary
- Copies of your passport
- Extra passport pictures
Pack paperwork in the front zippered compartment, or put it in a folder and slide it in the electronics compartment.
Use our packing list as a framework and add to it as needed.
Your perfect carry on packing list will be different from anyone else’s. The only way to truly nail a carry-on-only travel style is to test it out and take notes on what worked and what didn’t.
Was ditching the neck pillow a bad idea? Do you think you could probably bring one less t-shirt? You’ll never know until you’ve tested it out, taken notes, and then put those notes to the test the next time you travel. That’s the fun part.
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