I became an ultralight packer after my (carry-on) roller bag got stolen this spring. I’m only ever going to use a backpack.
I’m actually really good at being really prepared while carrying very little. My everyday carry includes tweezers, nail clippers, bandaids, chapstick, eyeglass screwdrivers, earplugs, safety pins, bobby pins, a comb, and a mirror. This takes up like 2 square inches total.
I just returned from a weeklong trip where I packed five shirts and lamented how much I’d overpacked. Next time I’ll cut back even more. The thing that really kills me is exercise clothes and sneakers.