If you’re heading away on a trip for more for than 2 or 3 days, you may find it difficult to depart without checked in luggage. Unfortunately that means paying $50 just to check in your additional luggage bag. You’ll also have to contend with both queuing to check in your bag before departure and waiting around to claim your bag after you step off your flight, when you’re eager to get out and explore your destination. What if you could fit everything you need for your trip into your carry-on luggage? That’s impossible though right? Well actually, it’s not!
Believe it or not, it is very possible to skip the dreaded baggage queues and avoid baggage fees by using some clever packing techniques. We’re not just talking about balling up your clothes or standing on your suitcase or bag to close it shut. You can reduce the cost of your travels and make travelling abroad a much more hassle free process by putting some of the following pro traveller tips into action.
Space bags make travelling light ever so easy. These can really make packing a week’s worth of clothes in your carry-on luggage a simple, straightforward task. Space bags are vacuum-sealed, waterproof bags that can be used to hold virtually an entire suitcase worth of clothing and only take up half the space. It may be hard to believe, but one large space bag can hold up to 10 jumpers yet only take up the space that two folded sweaters would in a suitcase. They are simple to use and can allow you to fit many more clothes in your carry-on luggage.
Try to select clothes and shoes can be worn as part of a multitude of outfits. Shoes that look just as well matched with a casual outfit for daytime yet are also suitable for a night out or a business meeting are your strongest option. A pair of jeans that can be teamed with a t-shirt during the day as well as with a shirt or blouse in the evening are another example of versatile clothing to pack for your trip. When travelling with just carry-on you should be very selective with the clothing you pack, to ensure you can re-wear items and mix and match outfits.
If you have a business meeting to attend on your travels or want to take in light reading while travelling, utilise technology. Use your phone or laptop to access the documents, books or news items at home. If you must, pack an e-reader as they will take up little space. If you really need to bring a bulk of documents, post them to your destination in advance or arrange to print them off at your hotel. Otherwise, they will take up far too much necessary space. Tip- pre download any documents or PDF’s you may need, just incase you don’t have access to an internet connection.
A lot of airlines allow you to bring a personal bag on-board along with your carry-on luggage. Ensure to make best use of this personal bag allowance and bring a handbag, briefcase or small backpack. You can fit some heavier items in your personal bag and save a lot of space in your carry-on luggage for essential clothes and toiletries as a result. So many travellers do not exercise their ability to bring a personal bag or do not maximise this opportunity by bringing a bag that is far smaller than the maximum size requirements for the personal bag allowance. Make sure to refer to your airline's specific luggage allowance.
When away for business or leisure, the last thing you’ll likely want to think about is doing your washing. However, if you plan to do laundry during your trip, you can afford to pack much less and travel with only your carry-on luggage. One or two trips to a local laundromat for just a couple of dollars will save you having to bring checked luggage and paying $50 for the privilege. It will also save you having to face a mound of dirty laundry when you return home from your trip.
Packing your shoes on the bottom of your carry-on is clever as it forms a base layer on top of which you can pack in soft items of clothing. Don’t forget to fill your shoes with ties, belts or toiletries to maximise your use of every space in your carry-on. Fold shirts, jackets and trousers vertically to allow more of them to fit in the case.
This is probably the oldest trick of the book but is always worth mentioning. Try to wear any bulkier clothing items like jackets, jeans and heavy shoes on the flight so that these don’t take up space in your carry-on-luggage.
Follow these 7 great tips for your next trip away and you’ll travel much lighter and save time and money in the process.
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