Traveling with a Carry-on
Have you ever lost your luggage? Have you gotten your suitcase off the conveyor belt only to find that it’s been damaged? Have you ever used a large suitcase and later realized that you only used half the items you brought? Leave the checked bags behind and try traveling with a carry-on instead. It’s easier than it seems if you follow the tips below.
Know the Size Restrictions
Different airlines have different size and weight restrictions for carry-ons. How can you be sure that you won’t arrive at the airport only to find that your carry-on is too big? Look at the comparisons below and consider buying a suitcase that fits the smallest restriction. That way, you’ll never be made to check your bags.
Here are some examples which include the handle, pockets, and wheels:
British Airways-56 cm x 45 cm x 25 cm
American Airlines-56 cm x 36 cm x 23 cm
Iberia-56 cm x 45 cm x 25 cm
Ryanair-55 cm x 40 cm x 20 cm
Norwegian Air-55 cm x 40 cm x 23 cm
Air France-55 cm x 35 cm x 25 cm
Emirates Airlines-55 cm x 38 cm x 20 cm
When traveling, many people tend to wear the same few outfits again and again. Instead of over-packing, pick a few good mix and match pieces and leave the rest behind. For example, bring one solid dress that can have multiple looks by layering or adding accessories. For men, every pair of pants should match every top. If you want a few good durable items, consider manufacturers like Betabrand that make 30-day dresses, travel clothes, and even reversible dresses. Looking for a jacket? Check out Baux BauBax or Global Travel. The clothes aren’t cheap but they will last and are especially made for travelers.
Do You Really Need That?
When traveling with a carry-on, it’s important to bring only what you need. You can purchase travel toiletries at local pharmacies. Also, many hotels offer standard items like soap, shampoo, lotion, deodorant, toothpaste, irons, and even hair dryers. In addition, you may be able to borrow chargers and adapters if you forgot yours. Before you buy something, ask the front desk if they have what you need. You may be lucky and find that you can borrow items like a curling iron, yoga mat, or sewing kit.
How You Pack is Important
Try rolling your clothes. It helps to keep the wrinkles out and saves space. You could also try a space saving compression bag. While this gives you a lot more room, it will add weight to your bag so check the weight restrictions on the airline you’re flying. Packing cubes are also a great space saver.
Put your heaviest items on the bottom. If that includes shoes, make sure that you put items inside the shoes to free up precious space.
When you have your suitcase with you as a carry-on, you avoid a lot of worry and aggravation because it won’t get damaged or lost in transit. Finally, you save so much time when arriving and leaving the airport that it’s worth it in the end to learn how to pack light.