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February 28, 2018
Going carry-on only can be intimidating for someone who’s always travelled with a checked bag. I have many friends who often ask how I do it (and sometimes, why). However, as a former management consultant, I got used to living out of a small suitcase. In my industry, you were looked down upon if you checked a bag. Watch the shows “House of Lies” or the movie “Up in the Air” to get a little peek into this world, and the mockery that would ensue if you checked a bag while travelling with your colleagues. Even when I travelled to Portugal for a week last year, I easily could've checked a bag but instead opted for the fun challenge of going carry-on only (and my boyfriend did too). A few years ago, we did a survey at Encircled to find out if going carry-on only was a thing that our readers did. Turns out, although many of you have dabbled in carry-on only travel, the majority of our readers are still checking a bag most of the time. Here’s the five most common objections we heard to going carry-on only (and how you can overcome them on your next adventure).
“I have too many toiletries to go carry-on only”
“I want to be prepared for anything, so I pack more clothing than I need, so I can’t go carry-on”
“I have to bring my (insert name of special product) and I don’t have a carry on size”
“I have trouble making outfits to wear on vacation”
“I can’t fit everything I want to bring into my carry-on”
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