Packing tips to help you optimize your carry-on luggage.
At Blue Skye Limo we take a lot of people to and from the airport – so we handle a lot of luggage. These days, with airlines charging passengers for anything they can get away with, including checking your bags for your air travel, over-packing carryon bags ranks on our growing list of travel mistakes. Travelling lightly has become somewhat of an art and a science – but the rewards are immense. Being able to pack and travel lightly is a skill that results in enjoyable, productive, stress-free, and a more inexpensive travel experience. Here are some tips and tricks for your bag optimization needs!
A good starting place is to check the carry-on dimensions that your airline permits. http://www.seatguru.com/ is a great resource for to see each airline’s limitations. Now you can find a bag that fits these dimensions and isn’t too heavy.
Make yourself a packing list. This is arguably the most important aspect of intelligent travelling. What do you really need? What can you go without? Also, packing with a “multipurpose mentality” is crucial. What can you use or wear more than once on your trip? If you’re the type of person who likes to bring along their entire wardrobe, or packs items “just in case,” this might require some serious discipline.
Start off with a bag that fits in the plane’s overhead compartment with minimal shoving.
- Fill it as much as you can with moderate shoving. Leave the rest behind.
- One tip is to spread out everything you think you might need on the living-room floor. Pick up each item, one at a time, and analyze it. Tough decisions on your living room floor will pay big dividends on the road.
- Also, don’t pack for the worst case scenario- instead, pack for the best case scenario. Bring layers rather than taking a heavy coat.
- To keep your clothes tightly packed and well organized in your carryon suitcase – zip them up in packing cubes, airless baggies, or a clothes compressor.
All in all, just remember to go casual, simple, and very light with your carryon luggage. The world is not as savage as you think- you’ll be able to buy toothpaste in Bulgaria and deodorant in Monaco, and you’ll be able to do your laundry in Spain. There are only 2 kinds of tourists: those who pack light, and those who wish they had. Now, go have some fun!
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