1. If It Doesn’t Fit, You Must Acquit
If it doesn’t fit into two carry-ons, it doesn’t make the trip. Packing light has become a necessity, especially with the cost of checked baggage. What’s the point of buying lower airfare only to give the savings right back to the airline? Make sure you pack accordingly taking only items you really plan to wear. Don’t pack gym clothes if you know you’re not going to work out.
2. Change Clothes…Then Go
Pack a change of clothes in your smaller carry-on. This way if you’ve checked your luggage, you have at least another set of clothing in the case your bags get lost or don’t make your flight. I like to have the maximum two carry-ons, but in the event I have to check a bag at the gate I have prepared for the worst. Plus, after a long flight you have the option to freshen up easily after you arrive at your destination. I live for Wet-Ones. The best adult wipes! Nothing like a moist wipe down after lots of flying.
3. Tuck n Roll
Learn to roll your clothes. It’s the ultimate space-saver. Tank tops can fit in the smallest of crevices, socks inside shoes. Pack versatile clothes that you can mix and match. If you pack a dark pair of jeans you can wear them more than once; dress them up or down. Ladies, leggings and jeggings are gems for traveling. Be sure to toss in shoes that can work with multiple outfits. Pack a pair of flats. They take up a small amount of space and can fit in your carry-on… I love Toms!
4. Triple Tech Up
Instead of a book, magazine, smartphone, iPad etc, only pack the necessary items. Download magazine apps to read the latest issue. Download the PDF or MP3 audio version of your book club novel and add movies to either one of your electronic devices. Using multi-purpose devices can make for a lighter load and fewer digs at your smaller carry-on. Don’t forget an external battery just I case you need to charge a device.
5. Travel Prep
Do your research about your travel destination. You may need additional necessities for your trip. A VISA may be required along with a passport. If you are traveling to places like Europe, you’ll need a universal outlet adapter for all electronics. Check the currency as well. Use a currency exchange app like XE Currency to stay up with Exchange fee rates. Write a list of things you’d like to do and pack accordingly. Remember, pack light!