Airline prices aren’t getting any cheaper, and you can expect ever-increasing charges for checked luggage. Additionally, because of the inevitable delays, retrieving luggage after your flight is always a time-consuming hassle. As a result, it’s an economic and less-troubled choice to fly with everything in carry-on bags.
However, if you’re used to traveling with suitcases, carry-ons will force you to decide to take less clothing and other items on your flights. That could cause glitches. For example, how can you go on that two-week luxury cruise without all the fashionable clothing you plan to wear at dress-up dinners each night? If you’re booked for that trek up to the top of the Canadian Rockies, you’ll need all kinds of outdoor gear that couldn’t possibly fit into a single carry-on bag.
With some exceptions as those, there are ways to avoid pre-flight luggage costs and after-flight carousel delays. Some tips on how to accomplish the near-impossible feat of packing everything into a carry-on may help when you’re getting ready for your next flight.
1. Before you depart for the airport, there’s a routine you should follow if you intend to pack all absolutely necessary items you’ll need. Put everything out on the bed, including outer clothing, underwear, socks, shirts, medications, toiletries and everything else you know you just can’t leave behind.
Of course, that will build into an enormous stack that couldn’t possibly fit into a carry-on, or maybe into three large checkable suitcases. Instead of standing there staring at the stuff, start taking some away. Do you really need three pairs of shoes, when one and light,f foldable slippers will do?
One dress-up outfit is enough for most travel needs. All socks, underwear and stockings can be reduced to just two-days’ worth. You can take the used stuff into the shower each night at the hotel or cruise cabin.
Unless you need to take your absolutely favorite soap, shampoo and other toiletries, leave them home and use the ones provided during your travels. If you do the elimination process right, you’ll be able to cut your packing needs in half or better and fit them into your carry-on bag.
2. Most airlines allow laptop computers, as well as another bag, preferably with an over-the-shoulder strap to go aboard with you, as long as it fits under the seat. The most practical is a knapsack with many compartments, so you can find items quickly for inspections and other needs. It also allows hands free when walking with it on your back.
3. For even more take-along help, wear a jacket or phographer’s vest with at least three pockets on the outside and four inside. Some pockets should zip shut to make sure you don’t lose your wallet and any other valuables. Stash as much of your gear as you can carry into the pockets, using one to keep show-quickly papers, including boarding pass, driver’s licence and credit card.
4. Know security rules: You’ll need to pack personal toilet articles and medications. Check with your travel agent about the current list of acceptable items you can put in your carry-on, other bag and on clothing you’ll be wearing at security.
Packing for a flight these days can be a confusing task. The most convenient and economical way to do it is to get everything you’ll need on your trip into carry-on baggage.