Essential Tips for Carry-On Only Packing

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Budget airlines are an amazing option for saving money on one of the most significant travel expenses, but their low prices typically come with a catch. The cost of a ticket will usually include only a seat on the flight and a personal item, while full-sized carry-on bags are extra. Paying the difference can defeat the point of flying budget in the first place, leaving us with little choice but to confine our belongings to a purse or backpack. Fortunately, we’ve discovered a few packing strategies that are life-savers when it comes to flying budget. Read on for some of our best tips.

Essentials First

This one may be obvious, but it’s “essential” when working with limited space to start with items that you can’t live without. For example, toiletries and medications may need to take priority over electronic gadgets, especially if you can make do with just your phone for the time being. Just be sure to stick with travel-sized products and label medications clearly to avoid having them confiscated while going through security.

Keep it Versatile

When it comes to clothing, your best bet is to stick with versatile pieces in coordinating colors that are easy to mix and match. For example, jeans and a few tops will take you much further than sweats or formal dresses, and they tend to take up less space. Wear bulkier items, such as sweaters, coats, and sneakers on the flight to save room in your bag.

Roll, Don’t Fold

A tried-and-true packing technique, rolling your clothes instead of folding them is a great way to both save space and minimize wrinkles. To really make the most of your space, pack smaller items such as underwear inside gaps or pockets, or use vacuum bags for even more space.