One of the greatest times of the year is vacation time, when you have the opportunity to escape life's daily responsibilities to spend some time sipping on cocktails in the sunshine. What's not so much fun is lugging huge suitcases around with you and checking multiple bags at the airport. But what if you could fit all of your clothes and other holiday essentials into your cabin carry-on luggage? You might think it's impossible, but with some careful planning, it's something that is totally doable. Just follow these tips:
The right luggage is imperative. Carry-on luggage is by no means "one size fits all". Instead of one of those hard shell cases, it's a better idea to go for a softer fabric material or even a duffle bag. This is because fabric has some give to it, but a hard plastic or aluminium shell doesn't expand at all. This means that you can potentially fit more into a bag made of fabric or soft leather. With fabric bags, there is also the option of outer pockets being sewn on to the fabric, giving you another compartment for travel essentials such as miniature toiletries or small items like hair accessories. Check out companies like Sweeney Luggage Centre for ideas.
Roll it. Secondly, you have to know how to actually place your clothes within your carry-on luggage. One of the best space-saving methods is to roll your clothes up into a tight cylinder, and you can actually save even more space by rolling multiple shirts together into a tube shape. You also need to have some kind of strategy about where you place certain clothes inside your bag. The heaviest items should be laid at the bottom of the bag – things like shoes. This is because a heavier foundation will weigh down the bag and create more space above for you to fit more clothes in.
Plan your trip in advance. So many people over-pack unnecessarily. If you have a vague plan for your holiday – things like how many beach days you'll have and how much you'll be hiking – you can then plan what clothes you will need. If you are tempted to take that extra pair of trousers or that extra cardigan just in case, leave it behind, and bring a small tube of travel wash with you instead. That way you can wash anything that gets dirty in a hotel sink and save yet more space inside your carry-on bag.
Pack light and have a great holiday!