Want to avoid the waiting game at the luggage carousel? You can
with these tips…
Opt for a great bag
First, you want a bag that's easy to carry when you're rushing
through terminals and easy enough to place in an overhead bin or under your
seat. A quality rectangular bag that's soft and lightweight might be your best
bet. Most airlines have a size limit for carry-on bags, which is often 22
inches x 14 inches x 9 inches.
Pay attention to what you
Do you really need everything you think you do? Probably not. Make
your list of clothes, including those you can easily mix and match for multiple
days or events. You probably can’t have only the pair of shoes you're wearing, but
try to only take two distinct pairs. These will cover most occasions. You can
always throw in a pair of flip-flops that don’t take up much room. Check with
the hotel to see if they have hairdryers or any other appliance that takes up
valuable room in your bag.
Compression bags can come in
For saving space, these bags can either be rolled up or vacuumed
to suck out every last bit of air, leaving you with the most compact travel bag
possible. Once they are compressed down, you’ll have more room in your bag.
Guide books versus tablets
Instead of packing the entire guide book, pack your tablet or
gadget with its wide variety of sites you’ve previously bookmarked. If there
are some pages in your favorite guide book that you just can’t travel without…tear
them out and bring only those pages.
Are you traveling with a
friend, partner, or spouse?
You can save room by only one of you packing the toothpaste,
contact solution, and shampoo. Decide who has what and you’ll save a bunch of
room. Plus, you can always purchase more if you run out.