written by Betty Nguyen
I’ve been traveling quite frequently since I’ve quit my desk job two years ago. I know some people can be shocked that a carry-on is all you need if you know how to pack effectively and efficiently. As a renowned super organizer, the last-minute packing method does not work for me – I prefer being well-prepared and stress-free.
Before you go on an excursion anywhere, do the following:
1. Get a Good Carry-On
Of course I will vouch for our weekender bag which was specifically designed as an ideal carry-on with deep pockets and heavy-duty canvas. It’s my go-to for weekend getaways, month-long trips to Vietnam, and a 2 weeker Peru holiday, etc. I also own a cabin-friendly multi-wheel luggage (dimensions 21.7 x 15.7 x 7.9 in) which I often pair with the weekender bag.
2. Invest in Carry-On Packing Essentials
On our online shop, we also sell TSA-approved travel bottle sets and handy phone chargers and cables to pack in your carry-on. You can use plastic bags, cloth shoes bags, or other space-saving bag compressors to pack your essentials and clothing neatly and properly.
3. Research the Weather
I do periodic weather destination checks; normally a month in advance and then another week-before. Weather predictions will help me gage on what type of clothing to bring. For example, by predicting the weather patterns in New Orleans for the month of May, I brought a poncho and waterproof camera equipment. And when it did rain, I was prepared.
4. Plan What to Bring vs What to Shop
Visualize your traveling wardrobe and then try them on before packing. Those cute shorts you purchased last spring might not fit anymore. You never know. Don’t bring items you might not use. Waste of space is not good for the traveling soul. If you plan to shop at your destination, it makes sense to not pack certain items. For example, if I plan to shop for dresses and hats in Tulum, I may not need to bring a hat or that extra dress.
5. Pack Wisely
For my trip to Iceland, where I knew I had to bring big coats, I actually wore them onboard to save room and check-in luggage fees. Yes, it will feel like a sauna for a hot minute, but definitely worth the overall savings. After you board, you take off the coats and stuff them in the overhead cabin. I’ve also put my cosmetic items (e.g. lip balm, mascara wands, etc.) inside the pockets of my coats to save room. On tropical islands trips, I wear my hats to the gate and then put away in the cabin once boarded.
Hopefully, my steps can help you better prepare for your next trip. Leave us a comment with any questions.