How to Pack for One Week in a Carry On Bag

Traveling Light with a Carry On Bag

Too much baggage can weigh you down when you’re traveling. In some cases, you have to pay more for a heavy bag, wait longer in line at baggage claim, and toting around a bulky bag can be a hassle in itself. There’s no doubt about it: packing light is the way to go. That’s where one carry on bag can come in handy. If you pack everything in a single carry on for one week, your travels will be that much more comfortable and convenient.

Here are some methods on “How to Pack for One Week in a Single Carry On Bag.”

Check Carry On Size Restrictions

Be sure to check your airline’s website and see what carry on size restrictions they have. If you are rushed for time or forget this task, then here is a general rule of thumb:

• A 9 x 22 x 14 inch bag generally is allowed on a flight
• Some great carry on bags to travel with include a convertible bag, a small rolling bag, or a backpack (this all depends on your personal preference)

Organize / Plan
Lay out everything you’re planning to take, and then decide what is most essential to bring. Leaving unneeded items behind is key – if necessary, you can buy anything you left behind on your travels.
Use the Roll Method

Instead of folding your clothes, roll it in your carry on bag instead. This method is a compact way of packing.

Travel-Size Toiletries

Leave your big bottles at home, and bring travel-size toiletries with you. Not only do they save space, but you are only allowed to bring 100 ml of liquid when you choose to carry on your baggage.

Leave a little Room for Souvenirs

If you want to bring back any gifts for yourself of others, you’ll want to make sure there is enough space in your bag. Leave some room for any souvenirs you could collect on your travels.

For more details on traveling lightly, especially in different types of situations, read the Independent Traveler’s: The Carry-On Challenge.

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