Packing is always one of the most difficult parts of getting ready to go on your trip. There’s always the stress of forgetting something important or the fear of losing your checked luggage! Don’t fret, these 12 easy tips for packing a carry-on will make your packing process a breeze so you can focus on other things [like getting a great tan!]
1. Do Your Research And Plan Ahead
Always remember to check the airline guides prior to packing so you can get an idea of just what to bring. Some airlines have very strict weight restrictions while some are more lenient! Weigh your bag ahead of time so you don’t have to deal with the stress of repacking at the airport.
2. Packing Items That will Work Double-Duty
Pack simple items that can do double-duty. Think black or blue denim, basic shirts, and maybe a statement sweater or two. Packing simple clothes that mix and match well will give you many outfit options so you won’t have to stress over what to wear. Have your fun with accessories! Several small necklaces or some large earrings will take up way less space.
3. Be Realistic
Are you really going to wear those heels? Do you need that many sweaters if you’re heading somewhere tropical? Take a look at the weather before you head out. ALSO – Pack your make-up strategically. Opt for a few key products you use frequently instead of your full arsenal. Make note of items that may wrinkle too. Fabrics like wool, cotton and denim will travel a lot better than silk!
4. Get Creative With Old Items
We all have those old containers lying around – so get creative! Grab an old Tic-Tac container and use it to store your bobby pins. Put necklaces on straws to keep them from getting all tangled in your bag or wrap them in plastic wrap to prevent them from catching on your clothes. Try using an old pill container to store your rings and earrings! The options are endless!
5. Pack Strategically
No square inch of your suitcase should go unused! Fill every empty space with something. Roll up your socks and stuff them into your shoes and snake belts around the outside of your suitcase.
6. Rolling Your Clothes
If you haven’t rolled your clothes before, it’s a serious space-saving tip! Fold your clothes like you normally would, but instead of packing them folded, start rolling up at one end, pressing the air out of the garment as you roll. It’s a simple way to pack your clothes neatly and efficiently, and doesn’t wrinkle them! These vacuum seal bags make traveling a lot easier and more efficient!
7. Limiting The Amount Of Shoes
I hate to say it, but you really don’t need more than two – three pairs of shoes! One pair for walking around and one dressier pair for your night activities should suffice! Pick a neutral pair that will match any outfit you pack.
8. Gals pack dresses
Heading away with girlfriends? Since dresses are light, they’re also a great way to get a full outfit without taking up a lot of space in your bag.
9. Never Leave Without A Survival Kit
A survival kit is the key to easy travel! I recommend ear plugs, necessary medicine, headphones, a map, and a few cleansing wipes. If you are anything like me – I have a hard time with the air pressure, so I always have Ear Planes handy with me. They have been a lifesaver!! Reading material is a great idea too. Limit yourself to a book, a few magazines, or an e-reader. Heavy reading materials will only bring back ache lugging it around the airport and take up a lot of unnecessary room in your carry-on! Keep a photocopy of your passport or I.D. and an emergency credit card in your survival kit – just in case!
10. Is it Essential?
Do you really need it? Some things you could pack in excess are accessories, clothing, and technology. Think about your activities and what you will be doing on your trip. Remember – what you pack is what you will be dragging around the airport, so think light!
11. Pack Your Valuables
Limit the number of valuables you have on you. Pack only the essentials in your carry on. This includes the things you can’t live without during your travel along with a few essentials in case your luggage gets misplaced.
12. Toiletries Are A Must!
Pack a selection of essential toiletries in your carry-on. If your checked bag gets lost, it may be several days before they retrieve it. I recommend a toothbrush, face wash, and contact solution or medication if needed. If your toiletries only come in large containers, pick up some small, empty, containers from your local drugstore and fill them three quarters of the way. Filling them any further will overflow under the pressure! To make it easier getting through security, have all your toiletries in a separate, clear plastic ziplock bag. Remember, all liquids must be under 100mL as per ACSTA restrictions! [Source]