Monday, October 7, 2013

Check Your Luggage or Carry It On?

Can You Travel With Only a Carry-on?
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 pack
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 handy
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 and apps
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.

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