• Check the airlines' maximum carry-on dimensions. Your current carry-on may be much smaller than what you are actually allowed to take on a plane. Consult your airline's website for dimensions, and you may be able to get a bigger bag than you thought. Many carry-ons are also expandable, so the same bag can provide options for both shorter jaunts and longer trips.
• Plastic bags. Clear bags (such as Zip-loc) make it easy to organize and find things in your carry-on and come in a variety of sizes from snack-sized to gallon-sized. Small items like chargers and medicines will be much easier to find if kept in see-through plastic bags.
• Roll clothes. Roll rather than fold clothes in order to create more space in your carry-on. Rolling makes items more compact and can reduce wrinkles. The heaviest rolls, like jeans, go on the bottom; smaller rolls go on top. Small rolls may even fit inside shoes if you are packing an extra pair. Leave no space under utilized!
• Minimize toiletries. If you will be staying in hotels or with family or friends when you reach your destination, leave behind most of our own toiletries and use theirs instead. Also, try to take dual-purpose products such as individually packaged wipes. Items such as sunscreen can be found just about anywhere, so buy that type of product at your beach destination.
• Wear Your Heaviest Items. Instead of stuffing a heavy jacket or hiking boots into a carry-on and taking up a lot of space, wear these items on the plane.
• Ladies, don't bring a purse. Instead of wasting your personal-item allowance with a tiny purse, bring a larger tote bag or backpack style purse that can be stashed under your seat. Keep items you will need during flight (book, snacks) in your personal item instead of your carry-on, as well as essential, irreplaceable items like money and your ID.
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