Hi everyone! If you’re reading this article it’s probably because you need to know how to somehow pack all your things into a tiny little carry on suitcase. Let me tell you right now as someone who has never been able to do this until now and as someone who ALWAYS overpacks, if I can do this SO CAN YOU. I was so determined on my recent trip to Italy to only pack a Euro approved carry on (usually 20″ or smaller, but check with your airline as they might have other rules). It was still winter there, so I packed things that can be layered. Somehow, I managed to keep my luggage at 16 pounds! I was so happy at the check in the lady gave me a high five for having such a light suitcase! Anyways, here are some of the tips that helped me the most.
- Pack a week or more ahead. This helps you think about whats in your suitcase. Everyday you can look and think, “Am I really going to wear this?” and, “Do I really need this with me?”. Chances are, there’s a lot you won’t be keeping by the time your trip comes around.
2. Really truly only pack exactly what you need and remember, less is more. For example, I was only going to four days, so I only packed one pair of jeans, one other pair of pants, and a few different top options. One pair of shoes to wear on the plane and one in the suitcase, one cardigan, one sweater, and I wore one coat throughout the whole trip (which I wore on the plane to eliminate some weight.)
3. Roll your items. This creates more space and you can see everything at once.
4. Airlines have strict rules that your liquids can only be limited to fitting in a sandwich sized plastic baggie. I used that rule to motivate me to bring the smallest sized possible of all creams, serums, face wash, etc. One small baggie went in my backpack and one in the suitcase.
5. Think of how proud you will be when you don’t check a bag. You can do this! Plus, you won’t have to wait around for luggage after your flight- you’ll be all set!
Hope at least one of these tips helps you guys out, I know they helped me a lot when packing! Let me know what else you would like to read and where you’re planning on traveling to next in the comments down below!
Thanks for reading,