The Ultimate Ultralight Carry-On Packing List for Men

When going on a trip, you must have some travel essentials, like a gadget or system to charge your devices, somewhere to keep your money, and, ultimately, a carry-on. Your carry-on can be ultralight if you pack it right. Don’t know how to? This post provides a guide to the ultralight carry-on packing lists for men.

You may be wondering why carry-on. With carry-on, you don’t have to worry about a cab or airline misplacing your luggage, plus you won’t always have to check for your bags. It also saves time as you don’t have to wait at the conveyor belt for any luggage.

Furthermore, a carry-on leaves extra change in your pocket because you are not required to pay for the checked bag fee if you are just on a backpack. More so, it supports spontaneity because it is ultralight.

Now, for the moment you have been waiting for, the ultimate ultralight carry-on packing list for men.

Choosing the right backpack
Choosing the right backpack


A carry-on backpack is the first and most important item to consider for an ultralight packing list. This is because you are going to carry every other thing in it. 

A 40-liter backpack might seem fair, but 35 liters is a better option. Most travel airlines will let you get away with a backpack of this volume, and, more so, it is the perfect size for ultralight packing. When going for a backpack, you must look for durability, material, zipper, compartments, and price.

Packing Cubes/Compression Bags

Although your backpack may come with extra pockets and compartments, they are not always enough to help properly organize your item. This is where packing cubes or compression bags come in handy.

Your packing cube is more or less like a drawer that allows you to organize your items separately. You can put your electronics, clothes, accessories, and other travel items in packing cubes and place them inside your carry backpack. With this, you can easily identify each item in your backpack.

In addition, they are healthy for your clothes as they protect against moisture and dirt. Given its rectangular box-like shape, you can fold clothes and stack them in packing cubes. Compression bags are similar, but unlike packing cubes, they are bags.

Clothing & Footwear

Your wardrobe is an essential part of your travel kit and a very tricky one too. Most people often find it difficult to pick the right clothing and footwear before traveling. However, on completing this post, you will find it much easier to choose clothing for every trip. We have listed essential clothing and footwear for your ultralight carry-on.

  • Two pairs of pants
  • Two pairs of nice shorts
  • Two sports shorts
  • Three pairs of socks
  • Two singlets
  • Four pairs of underwear
  • Two t-shirts
  • One long-sleeved layer
  • Two button-ups
  • One jacket
  • One sweatshirt
  • One hat
  • One waterproof shell
  • One towel
  • A pair of runners
  • A pair of casual shoes (loafers or oxford)
  • A pair of flip-flops

Your ultralight carry-on backpack requires as much flexibility as possible. To this end, you should only pack as matching clothes, so you don’t have to pack too much. More so, you should only go for easy-to-wash and fast-drying materials. You should consider merino wool for your ultralight packing over cotton wool.

Travel Accessories

Packing travel accessories can be complicated because we have so many of them. However, not all of them are essential. Here are some important travel accessories to always consider.

  • Water bottle – A collapsible water bottle is an essential travel kit, especially when there is drinkable tap water at your destination. This way, you are protecting the environment and saving money as you won’t always have to buy bottled water and dispose of plastics.
  • Eating Utensils – This is your plate, spoon, cup, fork, and knife. A piece of each of them will do. It is better when it is plastic.
  • Wallet – Do away with bulky wallets. You don’t need them to travel. However, a minimalist money clip is a better alternative. It has enough space for your cash and cards and doesn’t require too much room.
  • Sunglasses – This may not seem compulsory, but it is somewhat necessary. They help protect the eyes from the harm of the sun’s ultraviolet rays and keep out bugs and dirt. If you are packing a pair of sunglasses, we recommend you choose sunglasses with polarized lenses.
  • Waterproof phone case – With a waterproof phone case, you don’t have to worry about your phone getting damaged by water. They protect your phone from water, With the lanyard, you don’t have to worry about losing it as you hang it around your neck.
  • Headtorch – It is best to prepare for the worst. You can’t tell when the power will be out. Headtorch will at least illuminate the place. Ensure you pack a lightweight and sturdy one.
  • Headphone – Here is another one that might look unessential, but some find it necessary, especially runners. If you go with a pair of these, ensure they are lightweight and water-resistant.

Travel Kit

Your travel toiletries should contain the following:

  • Portable hair trimmer
  • Tablet toothpaste
  • Nail clippers
  • Toothbrush
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Multipurpose soap

First-aid Kit

A first-aid kit can be minimal but sophisticated. It should contain the following:

  • A roll of adhesive tape
  • Elastic bandage
  • Two conforming bandages
  • Ten pieces of adhesive Plaster
  • Tweezer
  • Eye Pad
  • Two pairs of disposable gloves
  • Four safety ins
  • Non-woven swab
  • Two cleansing wipes

Electronics Pouch

Your electronics pouch must only contain essential gadgets and devices, including:

  • External hard drive
  • Local SIM
  • Cell phone and case
  • Extension cord
  • Micro USB cable
  • Universal Adaptor


A valuable tip for ultralight packing is to not travel with items you can buy at your destination. On getting here, surely, you can pack your travel luggage without missing any essential items, and all you will have to carry is an ultralight carry-on backpack.

Don’t try packing light for big expeditions though, you need specialist stuff if for a Mont Blanc packing list, or Marathon Des Sable packing list.

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