Think of it as an opportunity to take a holiday from all your stuff.

Imagine travelling around the world for a full year with a single carry-on bag.

Well, that's exactly what Diane Redfern did. The B.C.-based founder of Connecting Solo Travel Network (CSTN), the online research and resource centre for single and solo travelling, has been travelling light her entire globe-trotting life.

She's seen more than 50 countries and has been taking an average of two or three trips a year for over 40 years, so she knows a thing or two about packing—whether it's for a hiking trip or a cruise with formal dining.

These days, more and more people are opting for the carry-on method of travelling—something flight attendants have been doing for years. With many airlines (especially in Europe) charging extra fees for checked baggage, it makes sense. Plus, you eliminate the wait when you land, bypass any extra cab fees for handling, and there's no chance your luggage will go missing. But best of all, you're in control.

As the famous guidebook writer and U.S.-based world traveller Rick Steves says, "In your travels you'll meet two kinds of tourists—those who pack light and those who wish they had."

If you simply can't imagine going to Europe for two weeks with a single carry-on, try and think of it as an opportunity to take a holiday from all your stuff. Leave those worldly possessions behind and enjoy the simplicity and freedom that comes with travelling light.

"As a general rule, any travelling wardrobe should be comfortable, versatile, mixable and washable, made with deep, closable pockets and capable of doing double duty," says Diane.

Click through for Diane's expert tips for packing light.

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