We’ve all been there when our luggage is over the 50lb limit or when you arrive at the ticket counter to find each piece of luggage is going to cost you an arm and a leg. The luggage you need for that much needed vacation suddenly becomes unwanted baggage, metaphorically speaking.
Well, don’t fret because I have some tips to eliminate that baggage. After years of cramming suitcases full of everything that I know I won’t use but bring anyways and still have to pay, I’ve finally figured out how to pack it all without pay.
Purchase a durable carry-on suitcase
When investing in suitcases, it’s okay to get picky. Check multiple stores and compare prices, style, colors, and anything else you may find important when shopping for luggage. Research carry-ons that have packing space on both sides of the suitcase for optimum packing room. Most importantly, remember to stay within the guidelines for carry-on luggage. Many pieces of luggage claiming to be “carry-on” may in fact leave you with having to check your luggage in.
Mix and match
When packing, choose only three colors to bring so that you can mix and match.
For ladies, if you bring three of everything (bottoms, skirts, dresses, and shirts) you’ll be able to create several different looks without being called an outfit repeater. You’ll be able to really change up your looks by adding different accessories like hats, jewelry, and scarves.
No blank space
In order to make more space for more things you’d like to pack, get creative and remember to fill every single blank space. Stick socks, underwear, or accessories in a purse or even a pair of shoes you’re bringing in order to utilize the entire space in your suitcase. Think of the blank space as a Jenga game.
Roll roll roll
This is one of the key essentials to packing light without actually packing light. If done correctly, rolling your clothes will not only create more space to bring more items, but will also keep your clothes from wrinkling.
Flaunt what you got
No matter what climate you’re traveling to and from, wear your thickest clothes and heaviest shoes on the plane to allow more space in your carry on and alleviate some of the weight from your luggage.
Utilize your “personal” bag
When your carry on has reached its maximum rolling capacity, remember you still have another place to store items. When it comes to your second carry on (personal bag), opt for a large purse or backpack that allows you to add anything else that didn’t fit in your carry on suitcase.
Buy when you get there
Don’t worry about buying shampoos/conditioners/etc. and still trying to fit it all in that quart size bag. Buy those miscellaneous items when you get there and toss them before you head home.