I've always found packing in general as a chore. Honestly, I've never taken it seriously. Always flew with airlines that didn't have specific baggage requirements. So it was no big deal. Throwing anything and everything in a suitcase with no worries at all. It was not until I booked my flight to Prague, Czech Republic that I soon would have a challenge to face.
Question, Would you rather spend money on extra baggage fees or would you like to have a little more spending money for your trip?
I'm screaming, "More Money for trip!"
If you're answer is like mine, then please continue reading to save you some big bucks!
First things first, research is a vital step to ensure you save as much possible as you can.
Not all airlines have the same carry-on and check-in baggage restrictions.
My roundtrip flight to Prague, Czech Republic includes flights on three different airlines. If I hadn't researched I wouldn't have know that the airlines all have slightly different size and weight restrictions. In order to save the maximum amount of money, I went with the lower restrictions.
Pick The Suitcase
Once you've researched the airline(s) the next thing is to find a suitcase that matches the criteria.
A tape measure would be helpful for this step. Measure the length, width, and height.
Packing (The Fun Part)
Once you've narrowed down your suitcase choice you have an idea of the space you'll be working with.
*Packing tip: Recycling parts of outfits such as jeans, sweaters/jackets helps with saving space. They can be worn more than once.
If you have all your outfits in plain view then you're probably thinking "How in the world am I going to fit all THIS in THAT carry-on."
The answer is simple, suitcase
. They can be conveniently found at Walmart or any other shopping center for $10 or less.
While researching I found that most people were actually buying travel bags that cost $30. So I thought why not try it out and save some money and I believe they are one of the best inventions made. They actually work just the same, but at a cheaper price.
*Make sure to get the bags that do not require a vacuum to suction out the air.
Fold and place the items of clothing in the bags, seal it up and roll out the air. The bags will soon be flat. Throw it in the suitcase. Repeat as necessary
I was able to fit 6 sweaters, 5 shirts, 3 pairs of jeans, 3 dresses, a blanket scarf, and a pair of sneakers in my carry-on.
With all the other knick knacks such as all travel-sized bottles, make-up, toothbrush, toothpaste, etc., I keep in my personal bag for three reasons.
Won't weigh down my carry-on
Easy access when going through airport security
Will need them for overnight/day travel
I hope these packing tips were helpful!
I would love to hear if you have any other helpful packing and/or traveling tips! Please share in the comments section below.