You can put all the clothes, accessories and tech gear that you need on a trip into a small bag that you always take with you. These strategies teach you how to pack a suitcase of carry-on size so that you never have to check in larger suitcase sizes.
- If you check a bag when you fly, you spend extra time and money. You may also end up losing what you need. Bringing only a carry-on bag avoids these problems.
- Efficient packing begins with picking the right suitcase size whether it’s one of the adult suitcase sizes or a kid’s suitcase.
- Pare down what you bring only to essentials so that all items fit neatly in your suitcase set.
- Bring clothing you can mix and match or use in several different ways.
- Organizers, such as packing cubes, maximize your use of available space.
Having to check in luggage can be one of the major hassles of flying for business or pleasure. You have to muscle your suitcase set from home to your vehicle to the airport. Then, even if you’ve checked in online beforehand to save time, you have to spend time waiting in line to check in your bags and pay extra fees for the privilege.
When you arrive at your destination, you have to wait for your suitcases at a carousel, assuming they all arrive with their contents intact. You then have to haul your luggage from the airport to your shuttle ride or taxi and then to your hotel.
The simple way to avoid all these hassles is to follow these packing tips for putting everything that you need into a carry-on suitcase.
Pick the Right Bag
Before you begin packing, look for a bag that works as a carry-on suitcase. Because measurements vary from company to company, check with the airline for the exact measurements of allowable carry-on bags.
Then, confine your search to bags that are at that size or less. Make sure that they have some exterior pockets, which can prove useful for items you need to access right away.
It’s best if you can actually handle the bag so that you can feel whether it is substantial, is lightweight and can be easily moved around. If adult-sized versions don’t fit the bill, look at a kid’s suitcase as an alternative.
Pare It Down
On a bed or convenient flat surface, lay everything out that you intend to bring. Your goal is to ensure that everything fits in your carry-on bag, so be prepared to pare down to the essentials. Stick with clothes that work well together, such as shirts, pants and skirts in the same color scheme. You want clothes that require no ironing and dry quickly.
Keep in mind that if you forget to bring something, you can most likely buy it at your destination. You can also clean soiled clothes for reuse by hand-washing them in your room, sending them out to be done by the laundry or visiting a local laundromat.