Travel Tips: Packing Light for Your Budget Airline Flight

It’s Sam’s fall term break and tomorrow he and I leave for a four day trip to Oslo, Norway. We are flying to Oslo on a budget airline and we are not checking a bag so I need to pack light. It can be challenging to pack light during cold weather, but it’s possible with just a few key tips.

  • Check with your airline to see what the size limits are for carry-ons and get the largest one that fits those parameters. I know that the black rolling bag I am taking meets those limits.
  • If traveling with children, make sure they are also taking the largest carry-on possible.
  • Don’t take enough complete outfits for each day. It’s winter so you can layer and you won’t be sweating so you don’t need to change your outer layers every day. For four days I take two pairs of pants and two tops. You will wear your outermost layer on the plane, coat, scarf, gloves, etc. This can be tough with young children since they can get dirty. But you just have to get over that when you are traveling unless they are potty training and may have accidents, then you need extra clothing for them.
  • Cut down on the toiletries. I use small containers that allow you take just enough products for a couple of days. They are re-usable, well under the three ounce liquids limits, and even smaller than trial size containers. It also saves money not having to buy trial size products.
  • Roll your clothing when you put them in your suitcase. This tip is widely known and it does work. You can fit more then if you stack things.

This is all I am taking for four days for one adult and one child, not including the camera, outerwear that we will wear on the plane and one pair of shoes we will wear. I will put the backpack inside the white nylon bag which will be Sam’s carry-on. There is still have room in the suitcase and the white carry-on for a cool Norwegian wool sweater or any other Norwegian treasures you can’t live without.

Next post will be from Norway!

Enough for two people for four days
Roll items
Re-usable containers for toiletries
Featured image attribution: By Dirk Ingo Franke (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (, via Wikimedia Commons

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