Traveling With Only A Carry On: Tips And Tricks

Hey everyone! I really wanted to do a post about traveling with only a carry on because I will be going on vacation very soon. I’m elated about vacation, so why not make my posts about vacation?! I travel a ton so I know some of the ins and outs of saving money while traveling. The #1 money saver I found is to stop using a suitcase. Not only do you pay more when you bring a suitcase, you also purchase more when you’re away and sometimes end up having to pay the overweight fee.

I’ve been traveling with just a carry on bag for almost my whole teenage and young adult life. Since I have much experience doing this I figured out ways to help minimize items and maximize storage! So without further ado, here are some carry on traveling tips and tricks:

1. Roll Your Clothing

Folding your clothes can really hurt the amount of space you have in your carry on. I have always found that rolling my clothes up as tightly as possible really helps with space.

2. Wear Anything Bulky (Sweaters, Jeans, Sneakers, Hats) To The Airport To Conserve Space

I always give this piece of advice. If you have anything clothes wise that is really taking up space in your bag, wear it to the airport! This will free up room in your bag and airplanes as well as airports are usually cold anyway!

3. Plan And Pack Your Outfits (And Shoes) Beforehand

Planning beforehand is always a good idea but when using a carry on you really should take planning seriously. You don’t want to end up thinking you can fit 20 outfits in your bag to only find out the night before or morning of you can’t.

4. Only Pack The Essentials

Try to stray away from packing items you will never wear or products you will never use. The best way to do this is to try and stick to the basics you will need from a day-to-day basis.

5. Put Plane Necessities In Purse (you can have both a small purse and a carry on usually)

Most people don’t know this but you can bring a carry on and a small purse. If you can free up a little room in your quart size liquids bag by putting solid products in your purse, do so! Make sure to also always have any medicine, on-hand travel necessities (book for the plane, phone, chapstick etc.) in your purse as well!

6. Only Bring Products You Absolutely Need– If You Can Buy It When You Get There Then Do That Instead

If you are traveling with a carry on you will only be able to get a quart size bag and fill it with liquids that are maximum 3 oz. So, make sure you are only bringing products you need and if you are able to buy some of these products you want to bring when you get there then do that! You can always throw the products out the day before you travel home.

7. Limit Yourself To Three Pairs Of Shoes

Shoes take up a ton of room in a carry on, so try to limit the amount of shoes that you bring with you and if you can bring flats and sandals to help conserve space.

8. Use Samples

If you are really trying to save space you can use product samples instead of using the actual product. This will help maximize space within your quart size bag!

That’s all I have for carry on tips and tricks. I hope you enjoyed reading this post and remember to subscribe for email notifications for when I post new content. If you have any other carry on tips and tricks comment down below!

-Stay Chic,

Stephanie Russell

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