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Yes, it is possible to fit all your essentials into limited luggage space, and no one knows that better than those who do it for a living. I worked for 29 years in the airline industry, starting from Sales Executive and advancing to senior management positions and during these years I have covered some miles and therefore knowing what to pack and how to pack it for me was essential.
have perfected the carry-on packing technique. As a professional world traveler, learning how to pack quickly and efficiently is a valuable asset. Once you have that mastered, it’s the best way to ease the stresses of travel.
Before you even think of opening your suitcase, start by taking mental stock of what you actually need for your trip.
1. What will the weather be like at your final destination?
2. How long will you be there?
3. What’s on the itinerary during your stay?
Use this intel to create a packing list that skews toward practical, multipurpose items. And while you should be mindful of what you’re putting in your bag, it’s also helpful to know what not to add in. For example, both of our packing pros recommend keeping some layers out and wearing them on the plane instead.
“Some cabins feel warmer, while some are frigid, so having layers gives you the option to remove or add clothes to stay comfortable,” explains Kapoi.
They also suggest investing in special “plane purchases.” Certainly you can travel with your everyday necessities, but both women suggest picking up a few items that you keep in your carry-on (rather than use day-to-day when you’re home), so they’re always there for your trips.
A cozy scarf that can act as a blanket, wrap, or face cover for in-flight naps.
Once you’ve settled on what’s going into your bag, the next question is how to get it all in.
Create a packing routine and stick to it
When it comes to fitting as much in your suitcase as possible, there are two camps: Team Folding, and Team Roll-Up.
“Clothes tend to have fewer weird wrinkles when you roll them,” says Antipala. “Plus, you can fit way more in your bag this way.” Which means that you’ll leave more room for the treasures you pick up in little out-of-the-way shops, where the internet is still a faraway concept.
“Chargers are separated and placed into the same baggie, while my wallet, passport, and plane ticket go in an easily-accessible outside pocket,” says Kapoi. “I also pack a ready-to-go extra outfit in a Ziploc bag—just in case. Activewear is the easiest option because it’s so light and compact.”
Finally, it’s important to set realistic expectations. Because, although the glass-half-full mentality is the best way to live, let’s be real: Travel can sometimes be cursed—especially around the holidays. And in extra-full flights, that means you may need to check your carry-on at the gate.
For this reason, it’s always best to be prepared and put your can’t-live-without-it items in your purse or backpack.
10 Smart Things To Pack in Your Carry-On
10 Smart Things To Pack in Your Carry-On
Packing for a vacation, business trip, or mandatory family visit can seem like solving a jigsaw puzzle. How do you bring everything you need and still abide by the rules? Plus, accidents happen, people lose things, stuff can get stolen—and airport purchases are expensive. Plan ahead by strategically packing these items in your carry-on luggage for happier travels.
1. Change of underwear and socks and other essentials
Sometimes bags do not arrive at the final destination with you as they may be delayed as it happens mostly during the holiday peak season, therefore it is essential that you are prepared for it in case it happens. Pack a pair of underwear, socks/stockings, a T-shirt, 1 pair of shorts or leggings a small toiletries bag with toothbrush, hairbrush and most importantly soap, shampoo etc, in containers smaller than 100ml.
2. Daily Medications
When packing your medications in your checked luggage, you not only run the risk of it being stolen, but, should your luggage get lost, you'll also find it’s nearly impossible to get a refill far from home. In addition to your prescription meds, pack any over-the-counter medications you might want during your flight in your carry-on.
3. Phone Charger
No matter how great your phone’s battery life is, don’t assume it’s going to have enough juice to get you to your hotel. Keep your charger with you in case your phone needs a quick boost, especially if all the information you need to get from point A to point B is saved in your email inbox.
4. Any Documents You’ll Need Throughout the Trip
Of course, keep your wallet, passport, and flight tickets out of your suitcase. Also, if you have physical tickets (for train trips or events such as the ballet or sports), an invitation with an address on it, or any other papers with no digital counterpart, pack those in your carry-on. And it's a smart idea to print out tickets, directions, and itineraries that you’ve stored on your phone just in case.
5. Any Valuables
Airlines and airports are doing more to stop luggage theft, but incidents do still happen. Keep your camera, jewelry, computer, and other luxury or expensive items with you at all times. Even articles of clothing have been stolen out of suitcases, so assume that if you splurged on it, it belongs in your carry-on.
Bring a book, game, or other source of amusement. But stay away from the giant hardcovers that will weigh you down; opt instead to stock your e-reader or audio book library—but bring a magazine for take-off and landing, when all electronics must be stowed under the seat in front of you.
9. Location-Appropriate Clothes
Heading to the tropics to escape the blistering winter? Pack a change of clothes in your carry-on bag to accommodate the new climate. You don’t want to start your vacation off with heat stroke!
10. A Satisfying Snack
The small bag of pretzels and a can of soda handed to you by a friendly flight attendant doesn’t always cut it, so pack your own lunch or snack. As long as it’s wrapped and a non-liquid, it can go through security. Plus, it’s certainly a cheaper alternative to buying a pre-made sandwich at the airport.
And One Thing Not to Pack: Your Sweatshirt
Airplane cabins are notoriously chilly, so be sure to bring along a cozy sweatshirt or lightweight jacket (and socks!) for your trip, but don’t pack it in your carry-on. Airlines don’t count sweatshirts and jackets as one of your allotted two free bags, so drape them over your arm to save precious real estate in your pack.
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