2 Weeks in a Carry-on: How to Pack Carry-on Only for an Overseas Trip

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Packing carry-on only is the way Chris and I prefer to travel: It’s light, it’s easy, and it saves time.

I used to think it was too difficult to pack everything I’d need in a carry-on, but I’ve changed my tune. Think it will be too hard? Challenge yourself: just to plan to pack in your carry-on. Seriously. Just say that you will and then do it. Amazingly, I still always overpack even with the limited space.

Here are guidelines I follow to make sure I pack well for each trip…

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Visiting Amsterdam: Amsterdam City Guide


Amsterdam City Guide

Last summer, Chris and I spent three weeks in Europe. We toured northern Italy during our first week (in Milan, Florence, Bolzano, and Verona to be specific) and our final week was a road trip along the southern coast of Iceland. But this post is about the second leg of our trip: five days in Amsterdam!

I’ve put together some notes from our trip to the “Venice of the North” if you’d like to see…

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Visiting Italy: Bolzano City Guide


Bolzano City Guide

Bolzano is not a typical Italian vacation destination. It is far north in the foothills of the Dolomites and was part of Austria only until the mid-twentieth century. But even though you don’t hear much about it, Bolzano (or “Bozen” in German) is fascinating: it is a bicultural city — the population is equally split between Italian-speaking and German-speaking. In many ways, we felt like we’d left Italy for Austria or even Germany with the green rolling hills and the cooler temps.

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