If you’ve done any traveling over the past couple of years, you are sorely aware that most, if not all, airlines charge travelers for every checked piece of luggage. Revenues accumulated by airlines from these fees are in the BILLIONS of dollars – so they won’t be disappearing any time soon! To avoid paying the $20.00 plus for each bag, many passengers try to cram all their items into the two carry-on bags. Sometimes this works out well for them…..sometimes it doesn’t. You have to be aware of the size and weight restrictions for carry-on luggage of the particular airline on which you are flying because these limits do vary from airline to airline. A handy piece of travel gear you should have is a digital luggage scale to avoid being dinged with additional charges for excess weight – never a great way to begin your vacation!
So far, most airlines allow you to take 2 pieces of carry-on luggage on board with you…for free (enjoy it while it lasts!). You can travel with carry-on luggage only…and very successfully…but it takes some skill, organization, and preparation. You’ll need some travel gear that is designed to make it easier to get more of what you’ll need into a carry-on bag – without going over your weight or size allowance….and, without putting your back out lifting that heavy little sucker up over your head to place it in the overhead bin above your seat – if there’s any room left.
All types of travel gear are now available to make packing simpler. To help you pack the carry-on bag that you store in the overhead compartment, you’ll find all of the following items very useful.
1. You’ll need transparent containers for your toiletries – which again have a size restriction for liquids and gels. GoToobs containers are approved for airline carry-on and are the perfect little travel companions to carry lotions and liquids and other restricted items.
GoToob Squeezable Travel Tubes
2. Consider compression storage bags for bulky articles of clothing, like sweaters. No vacuum required!
Travelon Compression Bags
3. Nylon mesh or clear travel packing cubes make it simple to pack and travel with just your carry-on. These handy and versatile cubes will keep your items well-organized and tidy and can help you fit everything you’ll need into your carry-on. You can purchase travel cubes in sets of 3 or more in a variety of sizes. You might want to use one as a cosmetic/toiletries bag, another for underwear/socks, another for T-shirts or other clothing. You’ll be able to find things much quicker in your luggage, and keep unused items neat and tidy, ready when you need them!
Packing Cubes by Eagle Creek
4. Shoe bags will prevent your shoes from soiling the rest of your clothing.
Travel Shoe Bag by Richards Homewares
5. Waterproof bags are great for a wet swimsuit or just to ensure your clothing doesn’t get wet while in transit.
Outdoor Products Ultimate Dry Sack by Outdoor Products
Your second piece of carry-on luggage is the one that you’ll store underneath the seat in front of you. This is where you store EVERYTHING you’re going to need throughout the flight. You don’t want to be getting up and down every few minutes to struggle with your luggage in the overhead bin to bring down necessary items. Inside this carry-on bag, use smaller bags to keep everything organized. We all like to carry everything with us but the kitchen sink! Finding exactly what you need, if everything is in a heap at the bottom of your handbag, will be a nightmare….not to mention, SUPER annoying to your seatmates!
The TAB: Messenger by Walter + Ray
There are all sorts of cool gadgets among must-have travel gear for your electronics. It seems there is something new and exciting coming out every week.
Grid-It Organizer by Cocoon
Written by Emma Ghattas