Learning To Pack A Carry On
There are many reasons why packing an effective carry-on is better than checking baggage. First of all, many airlines have started charging more and more for checking your bags. It is also significantly easier to not have to worry about standing in line at the baggage check to wait for your bags. Not to mention that the airline can’t lose your baggage if you don’t give them luggage to lose.
So the trick to effective traveling then becomes packing the best carry-on bag. Here are some tips for packing the best carry-on bag for a week-long trip:
Planning for Rules
The first rule of packing a carry on is to make sure your luggage meets your airline’s standards. Measure and weigh your bag to make sure it will fit into the plane’s overhead compartments. Otherwise, you may be forced to check your bag at the last minute.
Also be sure that any toiletries, such as shampoo and toothpaste, abide by the rules of the airline. Most airlines have rules that prohibit any liquids over three ounces, for example. You can find the TSA restrictions as well and see if there are any issues with getting the bag through security.
Condense Your Items When Learning To Pack A Carry On
You will likely have a lot of outfits that you plan to wear during an entire week. To fit all of the clothes, accessories, and shoes into one carry-on bag, you are going to need to condense. Stick to pieces that you can mix and match. For example, bring a skirt or pair of pants that go well with multiple shirts. Choose one or two pairs of shoes that will go well with all of your outfits. That way you can omit a few pairs of clothes that will really take up a lot of space. I found that when I was traveling almost every week and gone for 4 days at a time, I would have a brown set of clothes, black set and a navy set of clothes. This was so I could pack coordinating things and just use the shoes I was wearing. Also, remember that the only ones who know that you already wore that outfit this week are the people traveling with you, so you can wear something twice on a trip as long as it’s still clean.
Since you are going to be gone for an entire week, consider leaving behind some toiletry items. You can usually purchase shampoo and toothpaste at any convenience store, or they may be provided for you if you are staying in a hotel. Overall, stick to only the most necessary items to save space. Remember hotels have hairdryers and most offer to give you toiletries that you are missing.
When you are packing for an entire week, you have to make sure not to forget anything. Organization is key to make sure you don’t miss anything important. Consider making a checklist of everything you need, then physically set everything out to get ready to pack. This makes sure that you know what to put where when you see it all together and avoids you having to move items around a lot.
First, you need to set out all of your important documents, identification, electronics, chargers, and similar items. Next, set out your jewelry and accessory items, toiletries, and shoes. Finally, lay out all of the clothes that you plan to bring by outfit. If you are bringing gifts or any other special items with you, lay those out too. Don’t forget your pajamas!
Your one carry-on bag needs to fit an entire week’s worth of necessities, so this means you will need to get smart about packing. It is not enough to just throw everything into your bag, or even just toss items in folded the way you keep them at home. Not only will you not be able to fit everything you need, but you are likely to end up with wrinkled clothes and confusing jumbled up cables.
To keep everything tight and neat, and allow for the most items possible, consider rolling everything into tight, compact units. This goes for clothes, cords, and everything else you can roll into a tight unit. Although it doesn’t seem like it would work, rolling your clothing is actually a proven way to get more into you suitcase.
These tips will help you condense a whole week’s worth of luggage into one carry-on bag. If you successfully use these techniques, you will not have to wait in the baggage claim line or risk the loss of your checked baggage. And you will still have all you need after you get there.
What about you? Is learning to pack a carry on one of your downfalls? What tips do you have for others?