Carry on Luggage Guide: Packing Tips & Tricks
Carry on luggage occupies the ‘hot favorite’ list of travelers around the world today.
While manufacturers do offer sizes that comply with airline regulations across carriers and countries, it helps to understand the ideal sizes so that you are not put off at some point during your journey.
As a thumb rule, airline carry on luggage should ideally be less than 22″ which is the maximum permissible size with most carriers. Now let us understand how the various sizes can be employed for different travel needs.
For Short Trips Not Exceeding a Day
The 19 or 20 inch carry on are ideal for these short trips, particularly if you are also using a smaller aircraft or you are packing in a hurry and need just some basic stuff.
These one day trips are less likely to call for a bag full of stuff. Just the essentials, your gadgets and gismos, your tickets and the I.D. and with that off you go. For the best sellers, you could consider:
- The 19 inch carry on Titan Manhattan
- Travelpro Crew 6 Rollaboard
- Samsonite 20″ Expandable upright Quyadrion
For 2 day trips
When your trip involves 2 or more days, the ground facts change and you will need to carry a bit of stuff. Clothing, some documents, additional footwear, and the trivia, all of them will be needed. The 21 and 22 inch luggage fits this purpose well and your packing can be accomplished effortlessly.
For Trips Involving a Week or More
Now, these are real big trips and you need to pack to the hilt. Though we are discussing the 23 and 24 inch variants in luggage, remember that some airlines may not accept them as cabin baggage. But, for these extended trips the larger variant comes in handy and you can choose from:
- Tumi Townhouse Baker
- Travelpro Walkabout Lite
- Jansport Super Break collection
For frequent travelers and those traveling with family, it is ideal to have luggage in different sizes to address varying needs. For business travelers, the trips would generally be short, but there are those annual meets spread over a week or more.
For the family, individual members may need to take separate trips for varying reasons, and the family as a whole will move on vacations etc.
Packing Tips and Tricks
Packing up your luggage for a trip is often an art. Many people have a casual attitude to this important subject and often endure avoidable inconveniences during their journey.
The following tips and tricks can help you understand the art of packing your carry on luggage and make your future trips more pleasurable.
1. Organized packing
Most often, what happens is that we do not really pack our bags. We just collect the items and throw them into the bags. When there is more to be put into the bags, we start looking for space and just insert them wherever space permits.
But, organizing your packing has several advantages. The major advantage from organized packing is quick and easy retrieval. In certain circumstances, you can even end up saving a whole bag full of space. Here are some steps to help you with organized packing.
Gather the items which you intend packing and categorize them. All your clothing should be folded and piled into a single size. All electronic devices go into their respective sleeves and fragile stuff is treated separately.
3. Using the Separators
The categorized luggage should now be separated. Luggage separators work best for this purpose, and if you do not have them, simply grab some plastic bags thick enough to stand the function.
Different sizes of these bags will be even more helpful. The categorized stuff now goes into different bags. This will give you two major advantages – one is making retrieval instantaneous, and two is protection to the electronic devices and clothing.
4. Maximum Utilization of Capacity
Once all items are separated and placed in the bags, the next step is putting them into the luggage. There are some tricks involved at this stage. Your electronic gadgets and other fragile items should be on the top of other stuff.
The fragile items, if any can also be wrapped in your clothing to afford additional protection. On some occasions, we have just one or two items left to be placed inside the luggage and there is no space.
What is the solution? Look for any prepacked items such as gifts or toy boxes. Remove the packing and allow only the content to save that little bit of extra space and you save an additional baggage.
5. The Must haves
Your carry on baggage must contain your travel documents, valuables, credit cards, mobile phone, chargers for your electronic gadgets, and other important stuff should always find place in your carry on luggage only.