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Here is how to travel light and save money on your next trip!

How to Travel with Just a Carry On

In recent years the United States airline industry made over 4.5 billion dollars on checked bag fees alone! Every time you book a round trip you can expect to pay on average $60 in bag fees that funnel straight from your pockets to their wallets. It doesn’t have to be that way though!

We are going to show you how to travel with just a carry-on so that you can travel efficiently and save money. With these 3 hacks, you will be ready for your next trip in no time. Let’s get started!

1. Be Smart About Footwear

When packing your carry-on, footwear can take up a majority of your space so planning smart is essential when thinking of how to pack a carry-on only. Two pairs of shoes should be just fine for your trip.

Pack a pair that can be dressed up or down easily and a pair for hiking, walking, etc. Make sure that your shoes are comfortable so you don’t end up with blisters on the trip. If you are heading to someplace warm swap out a pair of shoes for flip-flops.

Make sure that you are wearing the bulkier shoe while you are on the plane. Doing this will allow for more space in your bag.

2. Use Compression Bags

The best compact packing tips always mention using compression bags and packing cubes, and it’s for good reason! These bags are excellent space savers for your carry-on as they allow you to squeeze everything together with ease.

Compression bags can reduce the mass of your items by up to 80% so you won’t have to worry about leaving certain things at home to make space. Packing cubes are a little bit different though.

Rather than compression your items they work by helping you effectively sort and organize your belongings for travel. No matter which option you choose, both of these options are effective in helping you manage your travel carry-on.

3. Pack Accordingly

A good rule of thumb is to pack enough for one week. You can always do laundry once you arrive at your destination. Keep in mind that you should have certain staple items such as a dress or nice outfit for going out to dinner, sleepwear, clothing for outdoor activities, and swimwear if needed.

Generally, your hotel or host will be able to provide you with linens, towels, etc. so you don’t need to worry about packing anything of that nature. As far as toiletries go, pack only essentials that you cannot get on your stays such as specialty facial products or hair products. Leave the shampoo and conditioner at home and use what your host or hotel provides you.

How to Travel with Just a Carry On

Now that you know how to travel with just a carry-on you can get started planning an epic trip!

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