When you need to pack for a trip, do you travel with a carry-on only?
A carry-on-only policy can simplify things and save you money, too, especially when it comes to navigating bags through the airport. However, it’s not always easy to know what to bring. It may seem like a lot of work to pack your life into a carry-on, but once you’ve done it, it’s easy to do it again and again. You don’t have to be a frequent traveler to get a lot of use out of this tip. It’s perfect for students, people living in small apartments, and anyone off to a long weekend away.
Whether you’re looking to pack for a business trip, a vacation, or a last-minute weekend getaway, knowing how to pack light can make your life a whole lot easier. Here are the following steps to pack your carry-on the hassle-free way:
- A zip-loc bag or compression bag will do the magic. If you’re traveling with multiple items of the same type, you can save space by grouping them together in one bag and then packing that bag into your luggage using a compression bag or a zip-loc bag. Compression bags can be used to compress and organize clothing and bedding into a small area, and zip-loc bags can be used to organize and secure multiple items of the same type. Both allow you to take more with you, and both protect your belongings from damage.
- Your travel buddy will give you that “space.” If you’re traveling with someone else, check with them first and see what space they might have left on their carry-on. You might be surprised how much room they actually have left, and if you can combine both bags, you might be able to avoid the cost of checking your luggage.
- Plan outfits for the entire travel before you start to pack. When you’re on the go, it can be hard to plan out outfits. To help prevent wardrobe mishaps, why not plan your outfits before you pack? Understanding the seasons and weather before you leave will help you choose outfits that click together and eliminate the stress of creating new outfits on the road.
- Make sure to pack only the things you will use. Don’t waste space in your suitcase by packing things you won’t use; it will be very inconvenient to have to carry the extra weight around.
- Check the weather first. If you don’t check the weather before you pack, you could end up packing for a heatwave only to find yourself shivering in the cold. And if you’re traveling abroad, you could end up with a very surprising bill if you were to pack for a tropical paradise only to end up in a snowstorm.
- Wear your bulkiest outfit. The key to packing your life into a carry-on is to allow yourself to wear your biggest/bulkiest clothes during the flight. If you’re already wearing jeans, long shirts, and work boots, why bother carrying them? It’s a lot easier to fold pants, shirts, and socks in your suitcase than to fold jeans, a shirt, and a heavy sweater.
- Pack the clothes that go along with other outfits. If you’re traveling for a week or two, it’s best to pack a few versatile items that can be paired with lots of different outfits, so you only have to pack a few pieces. Rather than packing a whole suitcase full of clothes, you can use the same few pieces to re-wear with different tops and feel like you have lots of different outfits while still packing a carry-on.
- There are several reasons why you should pack travel size toiletries: – it saves you money because they are cheaper in travel size and they take up less space in your bag (and your bathroom cabinet) so you can take the time to really choose what products suit your needs and know that they are more eco-friendly since they use less plastic in general.
- Put your undergarments and socks at the bottom of your bag. With this, you’re making sure that if anything in your bag gets squished, you won’t be left with a pile of dirty underwear at the bottom of your bag.
By carrying only, a carry-on-sized bag (or two), you’ll avoid the stress and expense of checking a bag. You’ll also avoid the hassle of waiting for your bags at baggage claim. Every minute you spend in an airport is time you could have spent enjoying your destination.