How I Use a Single Carry-On Bag to Travel Lighter

Ever since I did a video blog of my laptop bag, I have wanted to do one on my current carry-on bag. However, after watching George Clooney in Up on the Air, I was inspired to see if I could ditch my laptop bag and get everything into one carry-on. I even found a web site called “One Bag” that is devoted to this concept. Thankfully, my MacBook Air has made this possible.

So six weeks ago, I stopped carrying my laptop bag—at least on overnight trips. In fact, I am only using a separate laptop bag when the trip is longer than two nights. This may sound trivial, but traveling with just one bag has made a big difference for me. I arrive at my destination more rested, without the stress of keeping up with two bags.

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I demonstrate how I pack my carry-on in the video above. However, I thought it might be helpful for me to describe my process in case you would rather read than watch.

  1. Start with the right suitcase. I use the Eagle Creek Travel Gear Tarmac 22 Carry-on. I love all their products, as you will soon see. I bought this bag several months ago after Chris Brogan recommended it. It has multiple compartments and makes very efficient use of the space. It is the best overnight bag I have ever owned.
  2. Pack your dress clothes. I pack my shoes first. The Tarmac 22 even has a sealed compartment for them. This protects your clothing if your shoes happen to be soiled. I then carefully fold my suit and dress shirt, wrapping them in the thin plastic I get back from the dry cleaners. This keeps fabric from rubbing against fabric, dramatically—though not entirely—reducing wrinkles.
  3. Pack other interior items. I then pack my underwear, pajamas, belt and a Philips goLITE Blu Light Therapy Device. (I have written about this last item here. I use it for 30 minutes a day during the winter months.) I use an Eagle Creek Travel Gear Pack-It Quick Trip for my shaving bag.
  4. Pack an electronic cables bag. I use an Eagle Creek Travel Gear Pack-It Half Tube Cube. This is what I use to put my MacBook Air power cord, mini-DVI to VGA convertor, mini-DVI to HDMI convertor (for newer projectors), KeySpan “Easy Presenter” Remote Control for clicking through slides (along with a spare battery). When I speak, I just hand my laptop and this bag to the production tech, and they have everything they need to get me set up.
  5. Pack an in-flight bag. I use an Eagle Creek Travel Gear Pack-It Quarter Cube. I store this on the outside flap of the Tarmac 22, along with my bag of liquids. This makes it easy to get to at security, at the gate, and in-flight. Inside the bag is a Verizon USB760 Wireless Modem (which I wish Apple would build into the Air like they have done the iPad), a Kingston 16GB Data Traveler flash drive, MagSafe Airline Power Adapter, Shure Noise-Canceling Headphones (various models are available), a few snacks, and over-the-counter medicines.

You may be thinking, what about workout clothes and running shoes? I generally don’t take these unless I am going to be gone more than a day. If I do, I plan my wardrobe, so I can get by with one set of dress shoes and pack my running shoes instead. The Tarmac 22 has plenty of room for the extra clothes.

Also, I use the Belkin Black Neoprene Air Sleeve for Macbook. It provides protection from scratches and is very low profile.

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  • Christine Faour

    Sounds like a great idea – I use a very small back pack to carry my laptop, and my laptop is a small Asus, for traveling. I use Dropbox to transfer documents and other files from my mac to the Asus, thus saving on space and weight when I travel. My little backpack is a Kenneth Cole Reaction and is small enough that I can only put my Asus, a book and a few cosmetics in there.
    Christine Faour

  • Mitch Joel – Twist Image

    Great post, Michael. I’m a bit of a travel hacker myself (I was the one who recommended the Eagle Creek carry-on to Chris). I too swear by the Eagle Creek Tarmac. Two comments:

    1. You can ditch the plastic if you get the Eagle Creek Pack-It Folder. I use it for my dress shirts and suit jackets and it compresses really well with no wrinkles – try it (trust me :).

    2. I’ll throw a word of caution at stuffing your MacBook and Kindle in that front pocket. I’ve seen bags topple, get hit or handled by security in bad ways. Also, if your bag is stuffed just a little bit, it could compress that pocket and damage your computer… so be very, very cautious.

    Blue skies!

    • Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Mitch. I have used some of the Eagle Creek folders for packing with bigger bags. I’ll have to try the one you mentioned. And thanks for recommending the Tarmac 22 to Chris in the first place; otherwise, I would not have known about it!

    • Aaron Klein

      Bought the Pack-It Folder for my TravelPro. Thanks for the recommendation!

  • Leah Adams

    The things I learn by coming to your blog!! What a great video. I’m going to check out the brand of travel bags that you use. I don’t travel a lot but what a difference it would make to only have one bag that was so very functional. Thanks for the video!!

  • Uma Maheswaran S

    As I travel a lot in connection with my work, I am providing the following general tips that make packing and traveling easier:

    • Keep any medication and important papers in my carry-on bag
    • Scanning my passport, passport photos and paper tickets in and storing this in my web based email account
    • Placing the shoes inside the airtight plastic bags to make sure everything else in my bag stays clean and odor free
    • If I am travelling for more than three weeks at a stretch, I plan to wash on the road
    • Writing my home and destination address (and mobile number) on a self-adhesive sticky label to stick INSIDE my luggage in a visible place. If my luggage is lost and the baggage label has come off, at least the airline can still figure out whose luggage it is
    • Splitting up my bank cards, cash, travelers’ checks and credit cards as much as possible in different pockets, my bags and wallet when packing. In case I get robbed, at least you won’t be strapped for cash

    • Michael Hyatt

      I like the idea of scanning my passport, passport photos, and paper tickets. (In Evernote, of course!). Putting an address label inside the bag is also smart.

      • Jaynehendry once emailed me to suggest printing a copy of your itinerary and putting that inside your suitcase so that the airline/s can find you at any point in your journey if you and your luggage get separated. Less likely to happen if you’re only using carry on of course, but still a good idea.

        Which travel apps do you use to keep track of confirmation #s etc?

  • John Clemons

    This is why I enjoy your blog so much. No other CEO would take the time to post a video on something like packing an overnight bag. This is real life everyday stuff that is very useful. It also stops me from wondering how George Clooney was able to pack everything in one bag. One question for you – do you have a good recommendation for a solid pair of black dress shoes? I have tried quite a few, but can’t seem to find the right pair.

    • Michael Hyatt

      You are welcome.

      Honestly, I am not happy with my black dress shoes, either. I have some Johnston-Murphy slip-ons, but I am on the market for something else.

      • Lynn Kehler

        John and Mike: If you are looking for slip-on dress shoes, check out the Allen Edmonds “Grayson.” They work well with slacks or full-on business attire. Although they have tassels, they are very dressy. I’ve worn them for years…and years…

        • Michael Hyatt

          I will definitely want to check these out. I am not happy with what I have now. Off to!

        • Michael Hyatt

 didn’t have the Grayson, but I ordered the “Larkin,” which I have admired for some time. They ain’t cheap, but, hopefully, they will last for a while.

          • Neville Sarkari

            I’ve been wearing Allen-Edmonds shoes for many years. They’re very comfortable, last forever, and can be rebuilt when they finally wear down. The styling is timeless also. Good choice!

      • Gretchen

        My husband swears by his Allen Edmonds dress shoes.

    • Aaron Klein

      I tried three different pairs from Zappos until I found the Bostonian Capi…LOVE it and am seriously thinking of buying another pair just to have in reserve for when my current pair wear out.

      The great thing is – they look great with a suit but they fit in fantastically great with stylish jeans and a nice shirt too. I always wear them when I fly and pack my running shoes in my luggage…

      (Edit: Whoops, forgot the link.)

      • Michael Hyatt

        I just ordered a pair of black ones. Do you have black or brown?

        • Aaron Klein

          I have black…hope you like them!

  • Derek Bell

    I never thought I would type this….but, watching you pack is valuable. Nothing like best-practices in making travel a little easier. Thank you.

  • John Richardson

    Compelling video, Michael. Nancy and her team did a great job on your animated logo. I can now see why you swear by your Macbook Air so much. It completely eliminates another bag. I hope the new generation iPad will have the necessary ports that it would work for a presenter. I really like the idea of having one electronic device for everything.

    Have you ever had the situation where the overhead bins are full and you have to check your bag? If so, does your current setup allow for that? (It looks like it would just be a matter of removing the Macbook and snack bag and you would be on your way.)

    Thanks for the tip about folding the suit jacket. Now I know how to make that work. I will certainly look into the Eagle Creek bags if I have the occasion to fly much in the future. As expensive as it is to check bags anymore, the new carry on bag would pay for itself in no time.

    • Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, John.

      Yes, when I have to check the bag—as I did last night on a regional jet—I just pulled out my laptop and my in-flight bag. Very easy.

  • Bwenman

    I used to travel extensively for business and I very often was able to get business suits for 3 days in my overnight bag. One tip that I learned from my father was to lay out my suit jackets flat on the bottom of the bag with the arms laying out over the sides of the bag. Then you pack all of your other clothes and shoes on top of that. When you are done, you fold the arms over and they stay wrinkle free the entire trip.This probably wouldn’t work as well for your Eagle Bag with all of the compartments, but for those who have a single compartment, it works great. I have packed up to 3 suits in an overnight bag this way and it works every time!

  • Anonymous

    What I need is a single bag that can do all this when I’m taking a week long trip and have to have 5 suits. I don’t travel much, but when I do it is usually more than an overnight or a weekend.

    • Michael Hyatt

      I have found that I rarely need more than two suits for any length trip, simply because I am meeting with different people each day. They don’t know what I wore the day before. ;-)

  • Hunter Baker

    That was pretty awesome. Especially benefitted from the advice on how to fold the suit.

    • Geoff Webb

      Me too—I’m definitely going to try folding my suit jacket like that!

  • Martha

    Love these video’s Michael, one of the reasons your blog is so fascinating and a learning experience. Thank you. Now to convince Gail to show us how she packs for a trip. (I love Gail.. and think women just pack so differently- I wish I could pack it all in one bag)

    • Michael Hyatt

      To be honest, Gail has a harder time. She does what I used to do: take a lot of options and then decide on the road. Now I force myself to decide before I pack.

  • Justin Lukasavige

    I’m in a two night trip in Colorado right now with only a backpack. Light is the way to go!

  • Jenni Burke

    Travelling light is the way to go! I just returned from the Write2Ignite conference in SC and wished I had read your article before the trip. I brought an Eagle Creek carry-on suitcase, plus a lap top bag, plus a purse…one too many for true convenience!
    One space-saving trick I’ve found helpful is to bring my Vibram Fivefinger barefoot running “shoes” instead of my clunky trail runners. They take up hardly any space in my bag!

    • Michael Hyatt

      I hadn’t thought about taking my Vibrams since I usually run on a treadmill on the road, but I think that is an excellent suggestion. They sure don’t take up much room!

  • Patricia Zell

    Although I don’t travel–I have enough to keep me busy right where I’m at–I enjoyed the video. I admire your organizational skills and your willingness to share the little things that really make a difference. Your blog will always be one of my favorites!

    • Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Patricia. In my own life I have found that the little things add up!

  • Gina Burgess

    This is super advice! I have struggled with two bags and a purse and felt exhausted when I got to my hotel. Thank you!

  • Susan Wilkinson

    Okay, that was really cool. :) Thanks for the demo. I’m inspired!

  • Jeff Randleman

    Thanks for the insights! I usually travel with a bunch of teens, since I’m a youth minister, so my needs are slightly different, but your tips here apply well to my situation too. Thanks!

  • Anonymous

    I haven’t traveled with a laptop bag in years. My work laptop is bulky but I get it in my carry one. Those of us in the airline industry learn real quick how to get all you need in a carry -on bag regardless of duration of trip. If I’m gone longer than 3 days, I like to bring work out clothes. I wear my running shoes on the flights instead of packing them, because they take up much more room than my dress shoes. If I’m traveling for business, I pair of dress pants with different shirts for longer trips.

    I have several wigs that look like my natural hair, so I always wear a wig when traveling that way I don’t have to pack curling irons, or hair care products. Just a brush. For the ReCreate cruise I might do braids.

    Some of my co-workers will take 2 week vacations in Europe with just a carry on bag. Some of the tips I’ve heard are buy a pack of cheap underwear from Target and throw away as you use them. You can do the same with socks. If it’s truly a vacation bring only one dressy type outfit. My manager is queen of the back pack. When her and her husband went to Africa for 3 weeks, she only took her back pack. She rolls everything real tight and get it in there.

    As airline employees, we get good at buying all our liquids in 3 oz or less sizes. I also have gallon sized ziplock bags to pack my nicer clothes in them first just in case of spills. I keep my Target bags for use like dry cleaning plastic. So I’ll bring one of those bags with me if I bring workout clothes. The return home I like to separate my work out clothes from work clothes with plastic.

    For vitamins and medications, I went to Michaels Craft store and bought a Craftmate (for storing beads). It’s a little bigger than what you can buy at a vitamin store and they come with 7 partitions. So I can put one days worth of pills/vitamins in on partition. I use these now on a regular basis. It’s a Sunday night ritual to restock my Craftmate with my weekly supply of vitamins. It’s easy to throw it in a bag I travel.

    I appreciate the tip on the type of carry-on bag. Mine is wearing out and I need to buy a new one. I’ll look into the Tarmac 22.

    • Michael Hyatt

      These are great suggestions, Laurinda! I look forward to seeing you on the cruise.

  • Joseph Sanchez

    I’m going traveling this weekend. Thanks for the tip!

  • Dave Nash @

    Thanks for sharing this Mike. I have to agree…one bag is soooo much better! There have been a few times I’ve travelled with way more than I needed only to get back home and promptly put away all the unused clothes. On the flip side, it is quite gratifying to get off a plane and not have to even think about hitting the luggage carousel!

  • Jo Ann

    Very useful and informative. video and I enjoy your approachableness as a CEO! You spoke of something you pack that helps with seasonal effective disorder and you use it about 30 minutes every morning. Could you clarify what that is for future use? Thank you and I agree with another comment that possibly Gail could do the same for the ladies. :-)

    • Michael Hyatt

      Yes, it is in the post. It is the Philips GoLITE Blue Light. (Check the link in the post.) It has really helped me.

  • Jason

    Michael, are you still planning to use the Philips GoLite year round? Looking into one myself and just wondering if it’s still needed after available daylight increases.

    • William

      I would love to here more about the GoLite as well. Thanks for a GREAT post.

      • Michael Hyatt

        I wrote about the Philips goLITE Blue here. I love it. It has been a huge difference maker for me this year. I can REALLY tell when I miss day using it.

    • Michael Hyatt

      I’m not sure. I am tempted. I am gotten really great results and can tell when I don’t use it.

  • Lorenz Lo Szabo

    Very good review. I wish 90% of all travelers would pack like you. I have a very similar system but mine is based on a backpack and an optional carry on suitcase for suits.

    I can also recommend the Eagle Creek organized traveler “cubes” – the middle sized one is perfect for folding shirts and t-shirts in a carry-on.

  • Cris Ferreira

    Michael, excellent post. Very useful for a lot of people.
    I haven’t traveled much lately, but I am sharing this link with some colleagues that do.

  • MaDonna Maurer

    Thanks so much. I didn’t know about the plastic trick. And folding the jacket…that one gets me all the time. My husband is gonna love this.
    Thanks for taking the time to video this as well. I can’t imagine how busy you are…and yet, you took time to do it.
    Thank for a really informative and highly useful post!

  • Sheridan Voysey

    One you may just convert me to a Mac, Michael! Thanks for the practical travel tips. My challenge is taking books along with me on speaking engagements. Still looking for the best option around that.

    On another matter, while I’ve had a website for years, I’ve just launched my new blog ( I can honestly say that your various social media articles have been pivotal in making it happen. Thanks for all you do.

  • Jenny Herman

    I learned this trick from a friend who serves overseas. She could not afford to pay for multiple bags and had to get a ton of stuff back. When you roll your clothes instead of folding, you can make them smaller and reduce wrinkles. That simple!

  • Bogdan Kipko

    Michael, great video as usual. Very informative. I just recently purchased a Macbook Air. I am looking for a case/sleeve for it. Can you tell me which one you use? Do you also have a plastic case on your Air or do you just use that black sleeve with the zippers as seen in this video? Thank you! I love your blog and read it every single day.

    • Michael Hyatt

      I should have included this in the post. I use the Black Neoprene Air Sleeve for Macbook. It works great. Amazon has it for $10.00. There are some negative reviews there, but I haven’t experienced any problems. I love the feel of it.

  • FlorianWeingaertner

    Michael, Great video, thanks!

    Here are some additions which I got from a real english butler service:

    You can either use thin plastic or silk paper. Better to put plastic/paper also between each piece since they like to wrinkle when rubbing at each other, too.

    For suit jackets, the advice Bwenmann gave about the sleeves is great, too. But if you do it as you showed in the video, put plastic/paper between when you stick the turned shoulder into the other and it reduces wrinkles even more – if you unpack in your hotel room and there are wrinkles, put the jacket on a hanger and hang it somewhere in the bathroom, turn on the shower (hot), close the bathroom door for 15min and the steam should take care of it.

    For shirts, fold them up as you showed and put the extra pair socks as well as briefs in the collar. This protects it from being pressed flat – especially important when it’s rather casual the next day and you don’t have to wear a tie. If you have more than one shirt in your bag, do the same with the other one as well and place them on top of and facing each other but turned 180 degrees.

    Cheers, Florian

    • Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Florian. Good tips.

      I have tried about every way to pack a suit. The one I demonstrated here produces the least amount of wrinkles—for me. Your milage may vary.

      I’ll have to try that with the shirts. Thanks!

  • Wheelerec

    Great video! I gotta get this bag, just for the shoe compartment alone…
    I would add, get some vacuum seal bags (ones that allow you to roll or vacuum air out). They are really inexpensive, reusable and do the job of compressing your clothes securely while keeping unforeseen spillage of hygiene products (a big concern for women with washes, lotions, and perfumes…) I’ve been able to pack for over night trips with one carry- on bag and just a over-shoulder passport wallet. That’s right…no purse! LOL!
    For longer trips, I have managed with one check bag and netbook-ready-business purse/tote. With the compressing vacuum bags, I usually have room to pack my shopping items…

    • Michael Hyatt

      Do you happen to have a link to the vacuum bags? Does this also require hardware? Thanks.

      • Anonymous

        Hmmm…Believe or not, I purchased most of my off-brand Space Bags from a local Dollar Store. I think I got my largest bag from the As-Seen-On-TV section of WalGreens.
        I know sells this set for under $30–
        ITW Space Compressible Bag BRS-9212ZG Vacuum-Seal Travel Roll Bags, Set of 4

        No hardware required (you really don’t need the vacuum). You can roll and/or compress the air out of the bag to compact your items.

  • Oliver Aaltonen

    Great post! By the way, if anyone else plans on ordering the Eagle Creek Tarmac 22, make sure you’re getting the correct version. The one Michael shows here is the older model, and Eagle Creek has recently replaced this with a new iteration that appears to be a significant departure from the previous version.

    Old Tarmac 22:
    New Tarmac 22:

    I did some poking around, and the old models are selling out fast — probable due to this review :) On the upside, they’re often available at a close-out discount!

    • Michael Hyatt

      Thanks for clarifying that. Both are still available. I just looked at the new one, but prefer the old. Thanks for the links!

  • Stephanie

    I purchased the Red Oxx Air Boss bag about 6 months ago in order to save money by not checking a bag on fights. This is not a rolling bag, so the space saved with no wheels allows for even more packing room. It has a great no-slip shoulder strap and is really not that heavy even when fully packed.

    The center compartment is perfect for shoes and that’s where I also put my laptop. It has two outside compartments for clothing. In terms of folding clothes in a way that avoids wrinkling, I’ve seen people lay out shirts, pants, etc. and then place small packs with socks/underwear on the clothes and fold the sleeves, etc over the packs (see for full explanation).

    I have been on some smaller commuter planes where I had to check my bag at the gate just before boarding as it wouldn’t fit in the smaller overhead compartments. I just take my laptop out and it’s good to go…and I still avoid the check bag fee.

    Thanks for another great post, Michael!

    • Michael Hyatt

      I do the same thing on commuter flights. (I did it twice yesterday!)

      • Anthony Imperati

        Mike, what size mac air do you have? The 11″ or the 13″? Im trying to decide which is the best way to go- I dont want to sacrifice screen room by not having the 13″ while updating excel sheets and reports but it wouldnt be the worst thing in the world to go with an 11″?

        • Michael Hyatt

          I have the 13” MacBook Air.

  • Jeremy Statton

    I know a guy that packs only a carry on when he travels to europe for 4-5 days. I think his secret is wearing the same clothes everyday.

    • Michael Hyatt

      Or at least changing between two sets.

      • Peter P

        If you’re smart, you can take two sets which can be mixed and matched. As long as you stay in a hotel with overnight laundry service, you can mix things up sufficiently over 4 or 5 days so that people will think you’ve brought a whole wardrobe.

        I found that just taking a couple of ties fooled people enough!

  • Christopher Scott

    My tip is that I’ve learned my girlfriend is a much better packer than I am.

    Whenever I’m traveling, I get everything I think I might need, then she packs it tightly into my travel bags.

    Might not be a very good answer, but it’s what she does better than I, so I allow her to help!

    • Michael Hyatt

      My wife, Gail, used to graciously pack me. She is great at “spatial relations.” But after simplifying my system, I just do it myself. It takes me literally five minutes. Thanks.

      • Peter P

        I tried getting my wife to pack my bag once.

        Big mistake. Big. Huge.

        Never again! :-)

  • Pat Katepoo

    Glad you mentioned It’s a rich resource for travel light tips that I’ve used off and on for ~ 10 years. Just returned *this morning* from two weeks in Bangkok using only a “travel pack” and tote, using the onebag tips.

  • Peter P

    I’m so jealous.

    I miss traveling for work so much!

  • Nancy Duarte

    Your welcome, Michael, and thanks for the compliments. Your post (and comment feed!) was quite informative!

  • Nancy Duarte

    Your welcome, Michael, and thanks for the compliments. Your post (and comment feed!) was quite informative!

  • Alex Humphrey

    Thank you for sharing this, Michael! As I will be traveling a lot over the next few years the information on packing is invaluable! Thank you thank you thank you!

  • Mark McDonald

    I am taking a group on pilgrimage soon to Spain so I am looking for all the packing advice I can find. This might be a little light for my trip but the bit about the plastic will be great for my next short trip.

  • Mark McDonald

    I am in Australia and just found Eagle Creek bags at the local Scouting camping store. They have awesome stuff. They have a four shirt packing cell.

  • Sam_jones0912

    Luggage case performs major role in any kind of seasonal traveling. Always prefer an option which is handy and easy to carry in crowded areas. Range of luggage cases are available for seasonal traveling and you can choose any of them as per your requirement. Duffel bag enables easy loading of stuff and easy to carry because the two handles divide equal weight on shoulder. Backpacks come along with built-in organizer pockets which are handy enough for frequently used items and very useful when you are traveling to multiple destinations. From my experience, I‘d suggest go for convertible luggage which can function either as a backpack or a duffel bag. Briggs and Riley BRX is one of the best seasonal bag that allows you to convert the bag into backpack, or you can carry it as a wheeled luggage too.

  • Dan

    Great video. I know when I start to travel more this video will be helpful

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  • Dale Wilstermann

    After Chris Brogan’s review of the Tarmac 22 and your experience with it, I decided to check it out at REI. After seeing it in person, I realized that it did not have a flat top. Since my business travel usually requires me to have a second bag to carry presentation materials, that feature was important to me. I found the Travelpro Crew 8 20″ to be a great solution. It has a flat top, fits well in the overhead bins, has a very accessible front pocket for retrieving the “liquid items” in the security line, and reputation for quality. After a number of trips, I couldn’t be more pleased. And if i get the chance to travel with just one bag, it does have a laptop pocket and organizer built into the larger front pocket. Thanks to your post, I began looking and ended up with a solution that works for me.

    • Michael Hyatt

      That does look like a VERY cool bag. Thanks.

  • Jlbradburn

    I have learned to travel with one bag, and all of the sites you mentioned have been helpful. I use and recommend Tom Bihn bags, they are of incredible quality, american made and have many options for apple products including the macbook air.

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  • Julie

    And somewhere an Eagle Creek Tarmac 22 CEO is smiling! Wrote down the recommendation and appreciate something so practical and travel-worthy. Thanks, Michael!

  • Charles stone

    very cool Mike

  • Jesse Mutzebaugh

     Brilliant idea with the dry cleaning bags!
    It’s funny – packing for missions trips is WAY different than packing for business. Thanks for the tips!

  • Bill Martin

    I like this idea. Option of traveling with one bag makes the trip easy. The benefit of one bag means less luggage to lug around and fewer chances of your luggage getting lost. Thanks for the nice article.
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  • Kikipotamus the Hobo

    OMG, that is SO sexy. Being able to travel light is the most freeing feeling! Thank you for sharing the names of all the bags you used to do this. My conference is this weekend, so it’s too late for me to get this bag in time for that, but I see a Tarmac 22 in my future. ;)

    • Michael Hyatt

      I am still using it and still love it!

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  • Royce Phillips

    What a great post.  I travel so much on business and really want to get down to one bag.  You offer practical advice and product suggestions – I’ve got to try this!  Thanks!

  • Bfa654

    Excellent advice! Thanks for sharing.

  • Christopher Battles

    Thank you Sir.
    I currently do not travel, but still found this informative.

    K, bye

  • Leon McKee

    Just got my hands on the new-for-2013 Tarmac 22. I got mine at the local REI and they only had 1 available. I’m pretty excited as I did not care for the design of the last version (the version just after this review). Here’s some info from the press release I found online:

    The frequent flyer’s choice for lightweight travel functionality has been upgraded with new organization features, as well as Bi-Tech™ and Bi-Tech™ Armor weatherproof fabrics to withstand any travel adventure.

    Tarmac 22 (EC-20428) MSRP $290
    Capacity: 2450 cu in; Weight: 7 lbs, 4 oz; Size: 14 x 22 x 9 in
    Expanded: 2675 cu in; Size: 14 x 22 11 in
    Tarmac 25 (EC-20429) MSRP $320
    Capacity: 5125 cu in; Weight: 9 lbs, 2 oz; Size: 17 x 25 x 12 in
    Expanded: 5750 cu in; Size: 17 x 25 x 14 in
    Tarmac 28 (EC-20430) MSRP $350
    Capacity: 6600 cu in; Weight: 10 lbs, 8 oz; Size: 18 x 28 x 14 in
    Expanded: 7625 cu in; Size: 18 x 28 x 16 in

    • Lockable quick stash 3-1-1 pocket contains:
    o Coat Keeper™ securely holds outerwear to luggage
    o Key fob with Porter Key™ bottle opener
    • Detachable Cargo Net provides versatility for internal compression or attaches to outside of bag as a Utility Net
    • Built in durability:
    o Bi-Tech™ and Bi-Tech™ Armor fabrics for extreme abrasion and weather-resistance
    o Ultra rugged wheels with sturdy wheel housing, skid plate and bumper protection
    o Travel-tested recessed handle system
    • Padded exterior pocket (22” size with additional padded tablet sleeve)
    • Expandable main compartment adds 15% more packing space
    • #10 lockable, self-repairing zippers with finger friendly zipper pulls
    • Multiple padded grab handles on top, side, and bottom for easy grab and go
    • Reflective accents for dusk and nighttime visibility
    • Integrates with the Pack-It™ System, suggestions included
    • Color: Black, Olive, and Slate Blue

  • Gary Thomas

    I discovered the OneBag web site several years ago and it transformed the way I pack for my trips. I purchased the RedOxx bag that is recommended on the web site. And I started packing my clothes the way he describes. I once went on a 6-day business trip to Vancouver with just the single bag (carried on the plane) and probably a small backpack. Trips 3 days or less it is just the bag. But the RedOxx bag is overkill for a one-nighter. I might look into the bag you use for those trips. I haven’t checked a bag on a work trip for years. Vacations? That’s another story.

    Keep up the great work!

  • Jacqui Wilson

    This weekend, I am headed to a conference to speak.This was right on time. I will definitely try this. Bless you.

  • Mike Gosnell

    Michael, I just recently found this & went out immediately and bought the bag from REI. I travel almost every week and it has been valuable. Only thing is that apparently Eagle Creek has made a new addition since you and Chris have posted these videos. The inner pockets on the lid are no longer there and you have to purchase the “Pack It” Shoe Sac separately. None the less, great bag.

    • Michael Hyatt

      I wish EagleCreek still made the one I bought. I get asked about it a lot.

  • Blanca V

    You continue to amaze me! This is such a helpful video. Last trip, it was difficult checking a bag and taking a my rolling laptop bag on board. I’m checking out this bag. Thanks a million.

  • Hugh O’Donnell

    Thanks, Michael. The most valuable suggestion here for me is to get rid of the extra briefcase that’s mainly for the laptop. I’ll work on it!

  • Brad Wegelin

    Good stuff! I roll my socks and put them in one shoe, and If I’m wearing a tie, I roll it neatly and put it sideways in the other. The shoe protects the tie from being crushed, damaged, or wrinkled by other objects in the case.

    • Michael Hyatt

      Great tip!

  • Neville Sarkari

    I actually use an Eagle Creek Tarmac ES 20, and I can get everything I need for an overnight (or 2) and it will fit in the overhead of most regional jets too (sometimes with a small shove). I also have the 22 and 25 when needed. Great choice!

  • luismboc

    Love it. One-day trips are rarely a challenge, though. I try to keep it to one bag up to whole week. yes, get some wrinkles here and there, but easy to fix at destination.

    A few suggestions: try stuffing socks and underwear into the shoes; it’s a hollow space that goes unused otherwise; use the ‘cleaners’ plastic bags usually found in the wardrobe at the hotel to pack your shoes in case they are soiled. Suit jacket: I prefer to turn them inside out and the stuff shoulder the way you do…if something spils, it’s on the inside of the jacket, nobody will ever know.

    Also, risk of getting everything into one bag is that sometimes airlines run out of overhead compartment space and they make you check in the roller bag at the gate (urgghhh!). Need to have a backup plan for that scenario.

    Haven’t taken much toiletry with me lately, besides razor, hair gel, tooth brush/paste, deodorant. Everything else, they typically have at the hotel (usually in the room or complimentary at the front desk, if you ask nicely or are frequent traveler).

  • TorConstantino

    This was FANTASTIC! The suit coat fold demonstration was awesome. I’m in the market for a new carry-on and was considering Tumi but I’m sold on Eagle Creek – thanks so much!!!

  • Philip Kilpatrick

    I’ve used my iPhone for mobile wifi using tethering for a couple years now and it works well. Michael, I know you’re pretty tech savvy so there’s got to be a good reason you don’t do that. Can you share it with us?

    • Michael Hyatt

      I wrote this post back in 2011. I use mobile tethering now. Thanks!

      • Philip Kilpatrick

        Thanks Michael – makes sense now!

  • Bruce Turner

    I fly every month to the home office of Christian Care Ministries in Melbourne, Florida. For 5 years my old Swiss Gear 20″ Pilot has served me well but it was past time to replace it. Your article and video could not have come at a better time for me. I ordered my Olive green Tarmac 22 last night and can’t wait for its arrival. I also ordered one of the Eagle Creek, Pack-It Starter sets as well. With this bag, I feel like I’m ready for the next 5 years. Oh… and my Acer C720 Chromebook will ride nicely in that padded tablet sleeve on the front. Thanks Michael!

  • John Zaci

    Appreciated work!

    I like the post. It is really very helpful to make a rationale decision between the fairs of shipping to usa

    shipping to Canada

    shipping to Australia

    excess baggage shipping.

    I hope I will back soon.