When you’re packing for a trip, it’s easy to get a little carried away. One minute you’re packing for a 5-day vacation and the next, you have three large suitcases full of clothes you think are ‘essential’. Dragging around luggage can be cumbersome, especially if you’re travelling by flight. But can you pack all your travel essentials in just one small carry-on? They might look small, but carry-ons are really all you need to look stylish on your vacation. With a single carry-on, you can also start enjoying your holiday the minute the flight lands, instead of waiting for ages at the baggage carousel. Here are a few tips to make it through your vacation with just a small carry-on.
Figure Out How Many Clothes You Really Need
Your carry-on isn’t a bag out of Mary Poppins. Unfortunately, you’re not going to be able to fit your entire wardrobe in one. But that’s perfectly fine because you don’t really need those many clothes to begin with. A pair of pants can last you around 2-3 days without needing to be washed. If you’re going on a 5 day trip, you will only need 2 pairs of pants. Make sure one of them is formal in case you need to be at an event. Shirts last for only about a day in humid weather. Pack lightweight ones so you can fit in at least one for each day of your trip. Women can save even more space by packing only dresses instead of pants and shirts. Night wear lasts for a long time because you hardly wear them. Don’t pack more than two pairs of nightclothes at the most.
What Should You Leave Out?
Not everything deserves a place in your carry-on. Electronic items like your iPad, charger, or laptop can go into your handbag or briefcase. Keeping them in your carry-on will just take up valuable space. Most people also stuff their suitcase with toiletries, something that is completely unnecessary. You’d be hard-pressed to find a hotel today that doesn’t offer complimentary shampoos, conditioners and body lotions. Take a face wash, but leave the rest of your toiletries in your bathroom cabinet.
Pick the Right Shoes
Shoes take up a lot of place, so make sure you carry only the ones that you really need. Ideally, you should choose comfortable shoes that you can wear all the time and don’t have to pack up. However, if you’re going to be attending a formal event, pack just one pair of dressy shoes, nothing more than that. Always wear your heaviest shoes so they don’t take up space when you’re packing. If you need to carry sneakers, wear them while you’re travelling to avoid having to pack them in your carry-on.
Packing Techniques to Get the Most Into Your Carry-On
When you’re trying to cram all your essentials into a compact suitcase, you can’t just throw in everything without a thought. Ironing all your clothes first will save you a lot of space because crumpled clothes take up more room. Once you have all your clothes ironed, there are a few techniques you can use to get them to fit inside your carry-on.
Nesting Doll: This method utilizes every little bit of space available. If you’re packing shoes, then try stuffing underwear and socks into them. You can also use an extra purse or sling bag that you’re carrying to pack even more things inside them. If anything has space to fit items inside, use it to its full potential.
Roll Them Up: This might sound like a recipe for wrinkles, but rolling up your clothes keeps them surprisingly crease-free. Lay your clothes flat and fold the edges until you have a straight line with no bits sticking out. Then roll them up tightly and pack them standing up in your carry-all. You’ll be amazed by how much more you can pack when your clothes are rolled up. Pack everything tightly into your carry-all and fill all empty spaces to prevent them from unravelling mid-trip.
Single-Fold: When you fold clothes the normal way, you usually fold them about two or three times over themselves. This works fine in your closet, but they take up too much space in a carry-on. A more efficient way to fold your clothes is to fold them just one time and lay them flat at the bottom of your suitcase. Fold pants only in half and try not to fold shirts over themselves at all. When you keep everything flat, you will be able to fit in a lot more.
With these packing tips, you will be able to enjoy your vacation with nothing but a small carry-on to hold. To make your trip even more memorable, book your stay with Feathers Hotel. Our luxurious rooms are equipped with everything business travellers look for in a hotel.