Rowan and I are off on our next adventure, and we booked with Wow Air for our 5 day trip to Iceland! Flights from Toronto (and all over North America and Europe) are really reasonably priced with Wow Air, and so far I’ve heard really good things. One of the downsides to the reasonable fare is that only one, small carry-on is included.
I’m going to a cold country for 5 DAYS and I’m only allowed a carry-on? We decided against checked luggage to keep costs as low as possible, so we’re both taking ONE backpack. Don’t forget that we’ve got to also take winter coats, boots, mitts, etc. as well as clothes, a bathing suit, toiletries, etc.
Here are the tips that have gotten me through the packing process.
1) ROLL > FOLD
This is every good packer’s number 1 tip. Always roll your clothes instead of folding them. Rolled clothes are easier to tuck, and are much more organized than stuffing your shirt into the side pocket of your backpack. It also helps keep things from wrinkling.
2) DON’T BRING CLOTHES THAT WRINKLE EASILY
Keep it simple. Bring clothes that won’t wrinkle, so you don’t have to worry about if your AirBnB or hostel has an iron or steamer. You’ll save space and a headache by bringing shirts and pants that aren’t prone to wrinkling (Do I even own clothes that are wrinke-proof?)
3) UTILIZE THE OUTSIDE OF YOUR BACKPACK
Your bag isn’t going to be rolling around in the cargo underneath, it’s going to be right with you in the cabin. So, utilize the straps and pockets on the outside of your backpack to maximize what the bag can hold. Use the waterbottle pockets for bottles, snacks, or even keys, wallets, etc. Use the straps to attach your running shoes, or stuff a blanket or pillow through.
4) TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE ‘PERSONAL ITEM’
You are able to bring a small purse or laptop bag (16x8x8 inches), so make use of it! Stuff it with snacks, important documents, iPads, cameras, what have you to make more room for other necessities in your carry-on.
5) BE STRATEGIC WITH YOUR TOILETRIES
You’re only allowed to take bottles that hold less than 100ml and all bottles must fit in a 1 litre clear plastic bag. Basically, you aren’t going to be taking all of your favourite products. Get small bottles from the dollarstore and fill them up with the products you must take.
6) LAYER UP
Once you’re on the plane, and your stuff is stashed, you’re likely not going to be asked to get off or pay extra for that coat you decide to take off once you’re settled. Layer up before you head out for the airport! It’s going to be cold in Iceland, and a coat and layers are going to be necessary. It’s likely also going to be cold on the plane, and that coat can double as a blanket.
I wore leggings, a t-shirt, a sweater, a vest AND a coat. Layers are easy to shed and allow for more room in your backpack.
What are your carry-on only tips?