Traveling on a budget also means cutting down on costs where the spend isn’t really necessary. For some travelers, opting out of check-in luggage seems like a pretty good deal – and it is, especially when you’re traveling in the era of COVID-19. These days, bringing more bags and luggage could mean a higher risk of exposing yourself and your things to contracting the virus. Our tip? Just pack what you really really need! Here are the seven things you’ll need to fit in your carry-on.

  1. Light clothes

While it really depends on the temperature and weather of your destination, as a general rule, pack the lightest set of clothes you’ll find and only pack the exact number you’ll need if you’re limited to 7 kilos. If you truly must bring extra clothes, make sure it’s a total need! Otherwise, just leave that bulky sweater or dress you might want to wear at home.


  1. Small Toiletries Kit

Bringing your own toiletries is a travel must, but that doesn’t mean you have to bring a lot of big bottles with you! As per airport standards, keep your shampoo, conditioner, and perfume bottles to a maximum of 100mL. If you’re only staying for a couple of days, you can also choose to bring a couple of sachets or get those travel packs from the drugstore. Don’t forget to pack in your toothbrush and facial wipes too!


  1. A Pair of Extra Shoes

Bring one extra pair and that’s enough! Wear your heavier pair in the airport and pack some slippers or flats in your carry-on to maximize the space. Save yourself from the hassle and try only to bring shoes you’re sure will go with any of the clothes you packed.


  1. Small towel

Towels may not be available to you 24/7 where you’re going to go, and you’ll never know when one might come in handy. Whether it’s wiping some stuff of your shirt or drying up some sweat, a small towel is good to have.


  1. A collapsible water bottle/cup

Wherever you may go, it’s always good to keep hydrated. Avoid buying bottles of water repeatedly and do your part in protecting the environment by bringing your own cup or bottle.


  1. Alcohol spritzer

If there’s anything you should have with you any time and anywhere, it’s alcohol – and we don’t mean booze. Your health and safety should be a priority so never leave home without one. Just keep it below 100mL too.


  1. Your favorite snack

Traveling on a budget means you may have to be frugal when it comes to food too. Avoid overpriced airport or tourist spot snacks by bringing your own chips or crackers.

We hope that by the time you travel again, the breath-taking islands of Palawan stay on the top of your list. Don’t worry, we’ll keep you within your budget. After all, 7 kilos of luggage is definitely enough for a Palawan adventure!