Many people think that travelling with just carry-on luggage to cold climates is impossible. While it is trickier than packing for a beach holiday there’s no reason why you can’t pack light in the winter too. We’ve been living out of our carry-on sized backpacks for over five years now and can’t imagine travelling any other way. At the beginning of May we visited Finland (including a ski trip in Lapland) for ten days with just hand luggage and found it even easier than usual.
Here are some tips to help you pack light for winter travel, and you’ll find our carry-on only packing list for Finland below.
You can read a detailed review of our carry-on backpacks here.
- Tortuga backpack (Simon) – Lots of space and a good hip belt to take the weight of the shoulders.
- Osprey Farpoint 40 backpack (Erin) – The perfect size for me with good support and plenty of space.
- Combination locks – To lock the zips of our backpacks.
- Cotton shoulder bag – We use this as a day bag. Simon packed it in his backpack on travel days.