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When I am traveling, I love being hands free so that I can quickly snap a photo when I need to. I also don’t want to be weighed down by my belongings. I try to travel as light as possible. I travel everywhere with a carry-on bag and backpack if I can. 

How to Travel Hands Free

#1 Opt to wear a backpack, crossbody bag or fanny pack.

CRZ Yoga Naked Feel Leggings Savannah Camo Pakt Waist Bag

We’re obsessed with all things hands free. While traveling we typically bring a backpack, crossbody bag and fanny pack because they are hands free options for on the go storage.

We travel with our Day Owl backpack, our Pakt travel backpack comes with a removable fanny pack, and a nice crossbody bag. Lately, we’ve been wearing our lululemon Now and Always mini tote a lot.

Related: Best Fanny Pack Styles and Brands

#2 Always bring a carabiner.

A carabiner can be a lifesaver when you no longer want to carry something. For example, when I am done wearing my hats, I use the carabiner to hang my hat from my crossbody bag.

I also use a carabiner on my belt loop while walking my dog. 

We always travel with at least one Hero Clip and one Nite Ize S-biner. The Hero Clip keeps our bags from ever touching the floor and the S-biner is great for connecting your belongings to one another.

Travel Hack use a carabiner to carry your hat
Nite Ize S-Biner to hold my hat when not being worn
heroclip mini rose silver hanging from deck
Heroclip Mini + Small Day Owl Backpack

#3 Invest in Packable Products

Standard_Baggu_Ripstop_Yellow_Happy-reusable grocery bag
Baggu Smiley Face Reusable Yellow Grocery Bag

By packable we mean products that compact and fold into themselves. Those grocery totes by Baggu are a great example! They conveniently fold into a square and fit into any space, literally. They also expand to hold a lot. We use them as beach bags, grocery store bags, shopping bags and more.

We also love compacting our sustainable travel kit into a cup that also conveniently fits into our larger bags. We are in love with our Final Straw!

sustainable zero waste travel kit cup spoon fork straw bag
Sustainable Travel Kit – Everything fits into the cup! 😀

#4 Pack Minimally

This is probably the MOST important. Stuff can really weigh you down! Try to pack only the necessities or else you’re stuck carrying things that you may not even use during your trip.

Here are our tips for packing intentionally using only a carry-on.

konmari method minimalist travel packing in carry-on to hawaii 10 day trip
Using the KonMari Method to pack my carry-on.

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Alex Tran AKA Schimiggy is a fitness fashion, travel, justice, and food-obsessed raconteuse. She currently resides in Seattle and teaches yoga while writing her heart out. Schimiggy Reviews is a lifestyle blog where Alex shares her passions and interests with the world!

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