(Your shoulders, back, arms, and patience will thank you for it)
As scary and unimaginable as it may sound, you can travel with only a carry-on. When we went to Japan in 2022, we travelled for 3 weeks with only our carry-ons and personal items. Running with only one small suitcase to not miss your train is a lot easier than with multiple...The following tips below will help make this possible.
I used to stuff my suitcases with every outfit I wanted to wear or believed I needed to wear. But before you empty your closet and bureaus, lay out the items on your bed and see what you can wear with multiple items, creating a travel wardrobe. Alternate tank-tops and t-shirts between jeans, shorts, and skirts. Have a cute bolero to throw on top to dress it up.
We love buying things on our travels, but it has turned into times where we had to buy an extra piece of luggage to check for our return home. See what shipping would cost to send a box home with some of your purchases, find what options you have whether it's a local post office or somewhere that specializes in international shipping.
In Greece we found a foldable, fabric duffle bag that we used to carry the extra things we picked up along the way. Things we didn't want in our suitcases, such as ceramics or jackets. It helps keep your hands free and eyes on fragile items.
Did you know the 10 days we were in England and Ireland; it didn't rain a drop? Did you know we only packed pants and sweaters? No joke, we got a sunburn in Ireland. We brought rain jackets for Japan only to find out how short the rainstorms were, and they have insane humidity. We wore them for 10 minutes max and opted for umbrellas as the locals do. Knowing what you're heading to will help avoid you dragging along items you won't wear, lightening up your bags by a lot.