Most people who travel to Paris for a week take along enough luggage for months of wardrobe changes. My trip will include not just five days in Paris but also more than a week in Brittany where I'll be walking 20 km from village to village with all my gear.
These trip logistics dictated that I would be carrying my lightest pack ever. And it's especially timely given the new proposed carry-on rules that, hopefully, won't go into effect. (But they probably will.) According to the International Air Transport Association, the standard carry-on size would be 21.5" X 13.5" X 7.5". No problem for me: Aside from what I'm wearing on the plane, I've packed 3 dresses, one extra pair of pants, one pair of leggings, 2 tee shirts, rain jacket, one pair of Mary Janes, a hoody, warm synthetic fiberfill jacket, 5 pairs of socks, 3 pairs of underwear, 2 tank tops, iPad, first-aid kit, vitamin supplements, and toiletries, and a mini umbrella. All this went into my Flight 30 model by Six Moon Designs that's sized 17" X 11" X 7". (I managed to fit everything by placing different categories of clothing into individuals zip-log bags and squeezing the air out.) Because my clothes are either black or grey (plus bright colors coming from the tees, tanks, and scarves), there are myriad possible garment combinations. The very small Timbuka messenger bag that I will sling over my shoulder contains pens, antacids, chocolates, earplugs, eye shades, extra pair of eyeglasses, notebooks, batteries, connector wires, credit cards, cash, flashlight, dental floss, and peppermint lozenges.