With airlines rolling out new checked-baggage fees at every turn, and security lines adding to hassles at the airport, packing can make an already stressful situation worse. However, knowing how to pack a carry-on bag may offer the perfect way to lessen the load.
To start, it’s important to have a suitcase that abides by airline requirements. Most carry-on bags cannot be larger than 45 linear inches or weigh more than 40 pounds. Once you have a bag you know will fit, you’re ready to pack.
Here are a few tips to save space, outsmart the 3-1-1 rule, and avoid fees.
- Since all liquids must be in a three-ounce container, use refillable bottles to store all of your favorite products.
- Purchase multi-purpose products, such as Dr. Bronner’s Magic 18-In-One Soaps, which promise 18 different uses (including shampoo, body wash, laundry detergent, etc.).
- Pack non-liquid alternatives to your regular toiletries.
- Choose outfits with a similar color palette, so you can mix and match items.
- Roll your clothes to save space.
- Use vacuum travel bags to compress your clothing and keep it wrinkle-free.
- Take only one pair of shoes for walking, and one for more formal events.
- Wear bulkier items on the plane, such as boots or a heavier jacket.
- Keep all items organized and easily accessible in case of a security check.
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