Absolutely, whether it comes to packing for a trip or holiday. Travel experts will tell you that the most common newbie mistake is overpacking their bags. While we want to be prepared for any weather or event, this does not mean we should pack our entire lives into a bag.

To help make your flight less stressful, I’ve compiled a list of the best carry-on packing suggestions.

1. Choose an appropriate carry-on bag.

Not all carry-on suitcases are created equal. Many travelers disregard the bag’s functionality and simply purchase any old carry-on that fits in the overhead bin. However, it’s important to think about a lot of things when you choose the right luggage for carry-on travel.

To begin with, you’ll want to determine the size of your bag. Size restrictions vary by airline, so you should always check with your specific airline to ensure your carry-on fits. It is not uncommon for domestic airlines to have different size constraints than international ones. Travelocity, on the other hand, allows you to view luggage restrictions as well as size and weight restrictions while selecting your flight.

Second, you’ll want to select the appropriate bag for your trip. Backpacks are easier to carry when you’re on the move, such as island hopping in Thailand or riding trains in Norway. You won’t have to worry about lugging a bulky bag up multiple flights of stairs or through narrow cobblestone alleys.

2. Utilize your airline’s personal item allowance.

Along with your overhead carry-on luggage, most airlines allow you to bring a smaller, personal item onboard. This item should fit under the seat in front of you and have enough room for your valuables, devices, and passport.

It is recommended that you select a personal item that can double as a daypack during your journey. Small backpacks, messenger bags, and laptop bags are all excellent options. Bear in mind that this is not an excuse to pack a second large carry-on, as you will be carrying it everywhere you go.

Ladies, avoid squandering your personal items on a little pocketbook that stores only a few essentials. Rather than that, consider packing a small backpack or large tote bag in which you can tuck your handbag.

3. Pack a week’s worth of clothing

If you’re only going for a few days, you’re unlikely to have any difficulty putting your clothes into a carry-on. However, packing for a trip lasting more than a week may prove more challenging.

As a general rule, pack no more than one week’s worth of clothing. maximum.

If you’re going to be gone for an extended period of time, simply plan on doing laundry while you’re gone. Unless you are fortunate enough to have access to a washer and dryer, you may find yourself washing filthy clothes in the sink. As a result, washable and readily air-dried clothing (i.e., quick-dry underwear) should take precedence on your packing list.

4. Certain airports permit duty-free purchases as an additional item on board.

To increase duty-free sales, various airports throughout the world offer duty-free purchases as a third bag that passengers may bring on board. When I lived in London, both London Stansted and London Gatwick had this in place!

To take advantage of this, you’ll need to purchase something duty-free, request a large bag, and then pack any additional bits and pieces into the bag.

It should be noted that this is not a given; some airports or airlines will not allow it; they may refuse a large bag unless you purchase something substantial, and airlines reserve the right to inspect the luggage to ensure you are not being deceptive.

I usually use it to transport my jacket, scarf, food, and anything else I want to bring on board the plane that I can discard or wear if they approach me!

5. Make use of packing cubes.

OKAY, so let’s discuss how and what to pack while traveling with only a carry-on! If you’re not already on board with the packing cube craze, you should be; it’ll transform your life, whether you’re backpacking, vacationing, or traveling for business.

They not only help you plan your outfits in advance, but they also make you think about whether or not you need to pack five t-shirts for a weekend trip.

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