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Standard Domestic packing list

By Dan Wright

When I'm traveling domestically I like to pack as lightly as possible. I never bring a checked bag (I'm a little terrified of the airline losing my luggage), so I stick to a carry-on bag and a backpack. Obviously the place I'm going will change some of the things on my list, but here I will give you helpful tips for packing along with my typical packing list for domestic trips.


How I pack using only carry-on luggage

Traveling domestically is a lot less complicated than traveling internationally, and often I'm going away for a shorter period of time so I can get away with just bringing a standard carry-on and a backpack.


essential documents

I always keep a scan of my flight information and IDs just in case something happens. I typically will keep the copies in dropbox so that I can access it via my phone anywhere.

  • Ticket (or E-Ticket)
  • Copy of ID
  • Dropbox

The Smaller the better

In order to maximize as much packing room as possible, and so that I can be sure I meet the TSA guidelines for carry-on items, I buy everything mini.


Airplane Essentials

Especially for longer flights, you need to ensure you have the essentials for during your flight. Helpful tip: if you have a Netflix account, download some shows beforehand when you have wifi so you can watch on the plane


How do you pack your wardrobe?

I try to make my clothing shrink in size without actually shrinking the fabric. How do I do this? I am very careful about how I pack my items. I put smaller items of clothing into larger items of clothing. I also fit clothing items that I am able to inside of shoes.

  • Shirts (one for each day, plus one extra)
  • 1-2 pairs of jeans (shorts and/or longer depending on weather conditions)
  • Underwear and socks (same amount as shirts)
  • 2 pairs of shoes (one pair of everyday shoes, and one nicer pair for if I need to dress up)
  • 1 sweatshirt or jacket

Other Personal Essentials

Besides clothing, here are some other things I always remember to bring


Tips for money

Always call your credit card/ debit card company before you go on a trip. This way, it is easier to avoid that stressful moment when your card suddenly stops working and you have no cell phone data to call your card company easily. I also recommend carrying some cash on you in case your card doesn't work immediately, that way you can still get a cab or food if you need to.

  • Wallet