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Make the Most of Your Carry-On

When you’re travelling, the last thing you want to worry about is your luggage. Unfortunately, luggage is part of the experience. Most airlines offer one free carry-on bag (plus a personal item, like a purse or laptop bag) with your airfare but charge steep prices for checked baggage. Unless you’re travelling for a significant amount of time, it’s cost effective and practical to use your carry-on as your main luggage.

A carry-on suitcase can be a valuable investment for travelers. Most luggage retailers market certain suitcases as being the perfect carry-on size. Each airline has their own set of guidelines regarding carry-on bags, so be sure to check your airline’s website for sizing and other regulations. If you’re ready to start packing your carry-on, check out these tips for making the most of your bag.

Pack clothes that serve more than one purpose

Before you pack, assess all the clothes you intend to bring. What pieces can be used for multiple occasions? Consider travelling with clothing staples that can be dressed up or down and layered for different weather. By selecting pieces that can serve more than one purpose, you will automatically slim down your bag.

Stuff your shoes

Shoes can take up a lot of space in your bag, but you can put them to work. Pack your shoes with items like socks and hosiery. This works two ways. You’ll conserve limited space in your bag and you’ll be able to find your small items right when you need them.

Wear your bulkiest clothes on the plane

In most cases, the hardest things to pack are sweaters and jackets. But that doesn’t mean you should travel without them! Bulkier items take up more space in your suitcase than others. Consider wearing some of these items on the plane to save room in your bag. Thick jackets are great as pillows for long flights!

Roll them up!

When you have all your clothes selected and are ready to fill your suitcase, take some time before shoving everything in your bag. Thinner pieces of clothing like t-shirts can be rolled up instead of folded. Rolling your clothes compresses them, conserving valuable packing space.

The carry-on bag is one of the most useful resources for travelers. It’s perfect for a weekend getaway and even a week-long trip for smart packers.

Max out your carry-on bag with these tips and spend less time worrying about the price of additional luggage.