It’s something that takes a lot of work, but when it comes to vacation, I’m always team carry-on. I shared packing tips on Snapchat before heading to Florida with the family and received tons questions on how I was able to pack a carry-on with seven days worth of clothing. If you’re interested, here are three simple tips.
Make Use of a Personal Bag
All of my clothes and shoes are in a carry-on, but I use a personal bag to keep some essentials as well. Most airlines allow you to have one carry-on and one personal bag so check the baggage requirements before taking advantage.
There is no need for me to have 10 pairs of shoes for a weekend (or even month-long) trip when I only have two feet. Pack a pair of comfortable sneakers or shoes, a pair of sandals and/or flip flops if you’re going to a warm climate. I generally keep flip flops in the zip front pocket or the bottom of the bag.
Invest in Packing Cubes
Bring what you need and invest in some packing cubes. I personally use Shacke Pak, but Eagle Creek, eBags and Travel Wise are popular packing cube brands as well. With packing cubes, you have to ability to pack more clothes while taking up less room. Rolling clothes in the packing cubes and suitcase also saves space. Packing cubes give the ability to separate items by category, making it easier to look for items to wear.
Another alternative is a space bag or ziplock bag, but it can be a bit difficult when returning because vacuums aren’t always guaranteed at destinations.
Do you pack everything in one carry-on bag?