A photographer who has visited 91 countries with only hand luggage reveals the 8 things that make it possible

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  • Travelling hand-luggage-only saves time at the airport and money when booking.
  • A travel photographer who has visited 91 countries with just a carry-on says there are 8 things that make it possible.
  • Her tips include packing lightweight items of clothing that you can layer – and bringing snacks.

Travelling hand-luggage-only is simply a superior way to travel.

You don’t have to worry about checking in hours before your flight, or hanging around when you land for the luggage carousel to spurt out your bags – and it usually saves you a little bit of money, too.

Photographer Jill Paider has become somewhat of an expert on travelling with nothing but a cabin bag. Among the 102 countries she’s visited, Paider took nothing but hand luggage to 91 of them.

She knows so much about packing the perfect carry-on that’s she’s written a whole book about it.

Paider spoke to the Evening Standard and revealed how she makes it possible to travel so light, so often.

Here are her 8 tips for making the most of your carry-on’s capacity:

  1. Wear your thickest layers on the journey.
  2. Bring a maximum of two pairs of shoes – both of which should be comfortable for prolonged periods.
  3. Focus on stylish outerwear and more simple underlayers.
  4. Invest in a travel-size beauty regimen.
  5. Launder your clothes at the hotel so you can re-wear them.
  6. Layer lightweight clothes for added warmth when needed.
  7. Give preference to low-density, light clothes that won’t wrinkle.
  8. Don’t forget your creature comforts (music, teas, chocolates, snacks, etc.)

Clothing wise, Paider said that “Everything must be washable, wrinkle-free and ideally something that can be worn in more than one way.

“I also find it helpful to focus on items that can be layered, so that I can change up my look easily,” she added.

And as far as the age-old question of whether to fold or roll your clothes?

“Definitely roll,” Paider said. “Choosing low density, low-weight items that won’t wrinkle is also key, particularly if your carry-on is quite full.”

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