My kiddo (6 years old) and I are about to leave for two months in the Netherlands, and while we’ve always packed for trips in carry-ons, we’ve never attempted to have my son and I share a single carry-on backpack. This year, I was determined to pack ruthlessly light. We’ll be moving around quite a bit more than we usually do, and I like using a backpack rather than a suitcase to keep my hands free. Here’s exactly what I packed, with links to specific items.
For reference: we'll be traveling in June and July, when average temps are between 55-80F. We're coming from Florida, so the lower range of those temps will feel chilly to us :)
My backpack: Osprey Fairview 40 Travel Pack - Women's
Osprey also makes a slightly larger 45-liter size which is also made to carry on, but I like that this is formatted specifically to be used by women with a smaller frame. I’ve taken it on 3 trips so far, and I’ve been very pleased.
What I packed for me:
Two pairs of pants: this linen pair from Old Navy (new, purchased a few months ago) and a pair of Brooklyn ankle pants from Athleta (mine are 6 years old, have been on 8 international trips, and are incredible) .
Two pairs of leggings: the Lululemon Align leggings are my absolute favorite. I can wear them to workout or during they day and they feel like butter. I'll pack one pair and wear the other on the plane so I’ll have two workout outfits during our trip. I also packed two workout tank tops that I can wear to exercise or while sightseeing.
One sundress from Old Navy. I like that this dress is long and flowy, with pockets, and comes in a bright pattern that will hide any stains.
Three t-shirt style, linen-blend tops, similar to this
One linen-blend long-sleeve shirt. I sized up for an oversize fit, so I can wear it as a shirt, swimsuit coverup, or extra layer in the evenings.
One lightweight pullover sweater, which I’ll wear on the plane to save space. Mine is old, I’ve had it for 10 years now and have taken it on several international trips.