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One of my 2019 goals is to learn how to travel with less. So far, I’m pretty proud of myself. I’ve been to Vegas with only a carry-on and to Australia with a standard suitcase you’d probably use for an overseas adventure… but I was severely under weight because I may love Australian shopping more than anything else ever. A girl’s gotta have options!
My Favorite Carry-On of the Moment
I’ve toyed around with quite a few luggage brands in my travel career. Soft, hard, duffels, wheeled backpacks, you name it. The heart wants what the heart wants…and mine screams for hardshell, light weight and good mobility. TRIPS luggage, exclusive to Macy’s, is all of that with a weight of 7.5 lbs and 8 spinner wheels (smooth like BUTTER). It’s unbreakable (necessary with my frequency) AND recyclable.
In the digital world we live in, I hope I’m not alone when I say my phone is usually dead by 12pm. I was actually on a flight this afternoon and the plane didn’t have power outlets. That’s usually how it happens, right? When you need them the most, they’re never there! I landed and immediately realized I could take out my carry-on from the overhead bin and charge my phone with the removable power bank near the back of the case…not to mention I chose Coastal Blue (amongst many color options) and received a lot of attention from interested passerbys.
Maybe more important than what’s in the bag is what’s on your person. It’s always a good idea to wear heavy or bulky things during travel day. If it’s winter, wear the heavier shoes and puffy jacket. If it’s summer, don’t forget a sweater – it’s FRIGID on airplanes. I don’t know who is behind the thermostat, but the Temperature Keepers need to reevaluate what room temp really means! Okay, rant over 🙂
I’ve learned through the years that PIECES are the way to travel with a carry-on. Different tops mixed and matched with various bottoms. You could be wearing the same skirt as yesterday but with a completely different top, shoes, accessories and then BOOM. You have a new look! You’ll be shocked at how many pieces you can actually fit inside 🙂
I won’t lie to you – shoes are the hardest items to cut from my suitcase and their sheer weight makes packing tough. If it’s a beach vacay, throw some flip flops in and call it a day…but more often than not, you’ll need a bit more footwear than that. Pro Tip: Wear your heaviest pair of shoes on the plane and pack a few other pairs that vary from one another. You wouldn’t want to bring two pairs of black heels in the same carry-on. Variety, y’all!
Ohhhh how liquids have completely screwed me over in the past! It was just a few weeks ago when I stupidly carried on my boyfriend’s birthday present in early January. It was a pretty leather dopp kit, but that pretty little dopp kit had some fancy full-bottle skincare inside to go along with it. Oops. Off to the TSA agents it went! Even seasoned travelers make mistakes. Don’t forget that products bigger than 3.4 fluid ounces won’t be allowed through security. For skincare, make-up, sunscreen and toothpaste, take advantage of travel-sized products and free samples you’re always collecting from Sephora and department stores. As for shampoo and conditioner…I typically use the hotel shampoo/conditioner. Don’t judge me…
Travel Ed 101: NEVER pack your jewelry in your checked luggage. There’s always a chance that the airline could lose your bag, or worse – it gets stolen out of your bag. This has never happened to me before (knock on some serious wood), but I have accidentally packed it in my suitcase and remained an anxious mess until I was reunited with my bag at the conveyor belt. The good news here is that this is an article about how to pack in a carry-on…so the lecture can end now 🙂
If boarding time is upon you, make sure you’re the first in your group to board the plane. There’s nothing worse than being in Group 5 and all of a sudden over the loud speaker you hear, “The overhead bin space is completely full. All remaining groups with carry-on bags will have to gate-check. We apologize for the inconvenience.” Early bird gets the bin. The best part? No charges were made in the duration of this travel day. Make baggage fees a thing of the past.