I'm a firm believer in traveling with carry-on luggage.
I haven’t checked a bag in about 10 years. If you pack right…and light…carry-on bags are the best way to go. Once you try it – you’ll never go back!
Five easy steps to help you master the art of
the carry-on suitcase...
1. Start with the right bag.
If you travel often, invest in a quality piece of luggage that meets the FAA’s regulations for a carry-on bag. I believe the maximum size for carry-on luggage is 45 linear inches (width + height + depth of the bag) Travel less often and want to spend under $60? I suggest you head to Marshall’s and pick up the best bag you can afford. I always recommend wheels that roll in all directions...then your bag can roll right beside while you walk. So much easier on your arm and shoulder!
2. The power of the packing cube.
I found the cubes I currently love at Ikea. These nifty, lightweight bags make it super simple to organize what you are packing. PJs, bras & undies, tops, workout clothes…can all be placed into individual packets. These cubes save so much room!
(Tip: if you don’t have packing cubes, roll all of your clothing when you pack. Truly, this method takes up the least amount of space and prevents wrinkles. You’ll be amazed. I roll all of my garments before putting them in the packing cubes:)
3. Make your clothes work double time.
Each item of clothing you pack should be able to be worn in multiple ways. This includes shoes and accessories. Pick garments that will hold up when you wear them more than once. Think non-wrinkling fabrics and darker shades so that stains won't show. Select comfortable, layer-able items you love. Choose pieces in coordinating colors and shapes so they’ll work well together...allowing you to make several different outfits.
4. Keep the important stuff with you.
Pack anything valuable in your smaller carry-on…the one that will go under the seat in front of you. This way, if you are required to check your bag you’ll have the important things with you…like medicines, jewelry (any good jewelry should be on your body, not in a bag), glasses, sunglasses, passport, travel documents etc.
5. Don’t let the 3.4 oz. rule scare you.
The regulation sized ‘three’ ounce toiletries are really big enough. If your trip will be longer than one week, plan on buying toiletries once you arrive. There is no reason to check luggage just so that you can have a full sized shampoo in your bag! Check out your local travel store (they are so much fun!) and pick up a few small, durable travel bottles. Most of my travel bottles hold only 1-2 ounces. I find they hold the right amount of product for most trips. These containers are easily refillable and will last for ages. Keep your toiletries stocked and ready between trips.
I’m heading to New York City for a few days. It’s time to go put my packing tips to work in my own suitcase.
Have a packing question? Don’t hesitate to ask. Happy to help. Just comment below or email me at email@example.com
Thanks for reading.
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