Do you pack lightly or heavily when traveling? I don’t travel a ton, but when I do I always bring my massive 28 inch suitcase with me. I remember my friends would make fun of me about this - “Your luggage is bigger than you!”. I’m 5 1’’ by the way :) I’ve always wondered how some people could travel with just their carry on luggage. Like seriously how can you fit everything there, especially when traveling for more than 5 days!
Ever since my daughter was born, traveling with her has justified me using my big suitcase even more. I mean I’m packing for myself and her, it only makes sense! However with our recent travels, I thought I’d challenge myself to pack smart and lightly with just a carry on luggage. Just think of not having to check in a luggage that costs about $25 per luggage each way! I would much rather spend that money on a meal with my family or for groceries once we get to our destination. I just cannot justify spending that money especially when I can avoid it. Not only that I won’t have to go to the luggage carousel and wait for half an hour before I see my suitcase. Also there won’t be any chance of the airline losing my luggage...just think how much hassle that’ll be.....hooray for all these good points! Read on for some suitcase packing tips...
1) Check the weather where you’re heading - This will give you a pretty darn good idea what to pack in your carry on. Tip: Try to wear the heavy stuff on the day of your flight, such as jacket, coats, hats with wide brim, boots, etc. You basically want to pack all the light stuff in your carry on since the weight limit is only 22 pounds.
2) Check the weight of your carry on bag/luggage - It’s important that your carry on luggage weighs as little as possible when empty. The lighter your luggage is the more stuff you can fit in it without exceeding 10kg or 22lbs. When buying a carry on luggage it is important that you check for the weight, not only the looks and the price.
3) Don’t bring what you won’t wear - How many times have we done this? We bring clothes, accessories, shoes, etc. And we never ended up wearing it during our trip! Even if you think you could use something, try your best to minimize or downsize to the things you know for sure you will wear and what’s necessary. Luggage packing tip: Try to pack outfits that you can mix and match.
4) Buy an electronic luggage scale - It’s important that you have a scale of some sort so you know exactly the weight of your carry on once you’re done packing. You can buy one for less than $10.00. Nothing worse than guessing whether if you’ve over packed or under packed to your allowed limit. What’s worst? If you ended up over packing then you will end up checking in your luggage which defeats the purpose of packing smart and lightly.
5) Use packing cubes and start rolling! - This is optional, but I find this really helps me with organizing and separating my clothes from my baby’s. This is also useful if you’re packing for just yourself. This keeps everything neat and organized. I like to roll my clothes instead of folding them, it uses up less space when you roll them. I know I’ve already mentioned two things I suggested to buy - but remember these aren’t good for one use only. I decided to buy the packing cubes and the luggage scale because I know I will use them every time I travel.
6) Make use of your personal article allowance - Can’t do a one-bag-travel? Airlines allow you to bring 2 carry ons, 1 standard article which is your luggage, and 1 personal article. The personal article should be slightly smaller than your standard article (check with your airline requirements prior to packing). The good thing about this is you can also pack up to 10kg/22pounds with your personal article. Whatever you can’t fit in your luggage can go into your personal article. I usually would pack my makeup bag, camera, laptops, books in my personal article.
7) Toiletries - Pack them all if you can, of course without exceeding the 100ml limit (for liquids). But if all your necessities and beauty routine items have no room in either both of your bags, consider buying them at your destination. There are travel sizes that you can buy, and most of these essentials can be found at the dollar store. Toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, shaving mousse, razor, body lotion, etc.
I hope you find these luggage packing tips helpful. Whatever works for me doesn’t necessarily work for others, but if you are looking to travel lightly and want to avoid the hassle of checking in a luggage then you should try these packing tips.