When planning atrip, most travelers agonize over what to bring. Do I have enough socks? Should I bring an extra bathing suit? These are some questions you may ask yourself. It is important to pack smart and consider the practical items you will actually need. Most people over pack or bring items that they never use. When packing a bag for travel, consider what kind of activities you will be doing and what you will need for each day.
Check out these great tips for getting the most out of your carry-on luggage:
Maximize – Don’t limit yourself to the small bag that you usually use for overnight trips. Check with your airline to find out what the maximum carry-on dimensions are to see if you can upgrade to a larger bag. Typically, the maximum dimensions for a carry-on bag are 9 inches x 14 inches x 22 inches (22 cm x 35 cm x 56 cm), including handles and wheels. Here is a great hardside carry-on suitcase.
Personal Item – You’re allowed one personal item on the flight, in addition to your carry-on – use that privilege wisely. Instead of toting around that tiny purse, bring a large tote bag that is still small enough to stow under your seat. Stash your essentials in this bag, just in case the plane is at max capacity and you need to check your primary carry-on at the gate.
Ziploc Bags – This is a great way to save space, but remember to compress all of the air out. Plus as an added bonus, clear bags will help you to stay organized and find exactly what you need, when you need it. You can even plan out outfits top to bottom and place them in individual bags so that you can be dressed and out the door in no time. To save time and make it easier to find things, use a marker to label the contents of your Ziploc bags.
Liquids – If you plan to stay in hotels, try to leave most of your toiletries behind, opting to use the ones provided in your room instead. If you can find substitutes for things, such as face-wipes instead of face wash, do so. If not, consider making purchases at duty-free or packing small travel sized liquids in a cosmetic bag. Make-up samples are perfect for traveling and are usually free at most makeup stores.
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