One of the most annoying things about travel, in my experience, is baggage check. I hate the whole stress and hustle of it all. And then the excess luggage charges… I just want to get to the airport, check in, get on the plane, fly, get off, and just walk straight out of the building. Thing is, sometimes you may feel like you can’t fit everything you need into a carry on. Jovago.com Africa’s Number 1 Hotel Booking Portal has put together awesome tips that can help you pack all you need effectively into a carryon bag and avoid luggage stress at the airport.
- The perfect travel wardrobe is one that you can mix and match into several outfits. A week before your trip lay out all your preferred clothing items and accessories and start coordinating them. Don’t create imaginary emergency scenarios for yourself. Stick to items you are absolutely sure you will use on your trip.
- Here’s a secret: hard case carry-ons may be durable, but they aren’t flexible enough to let you fir a lot into them. Opt for something that can stretch a little. Some carry-ons are very pliable. They look small on the outside, but can actually hold a lot.
- When packing, think from the soles of your feet to the crown of your head. Shoes go at the very bottom, then pants and skirts, then sweaters and jackets, then long-sleeve shirts, then tees, vests, and tanks and then scarves, hats, etc.
- Some people prefer to roll their clothes up rather than fold them into the box.If you can do this very well, it may actually be able to save you a lot more space in your carry-on and let you fit more items in. Just avoid thick items.
- Did you know those strappy belt things in your box actually aren’t there for decoration? Compression straps help you tighten down the stacks of clothes, keep items from moving around in the box, and create a little extra room at the edges where you can stuff extra little items.
- Some carry-ons come with a separate compartment for laptops and gadgets, but it’s not a problem if you don’t have one that does. If you’ve packed properly, you can fix your laptop at the top of your stuff inside the box.
- You can bring a carry-on suitcase plus one personal item on any flight, so make the most of this privilege and invest in a backpack. In this backpack, you should be able to fit all the extra bits and pieces you will need on your trip – makeup, toiletries, camera, sunglasses, jewelry, etc
And now, what exactly should you pack? Honestly, it depends on what type of trip you’re going on. Each trip has its dress code, as you must know. I mean, you can’t pack just shorts and flip flops for a business meeting and vice versa. But here’s a pretty basic list of clothing items it wouldn’t hurt to have packed.
Now that you’re all set, all you have to do is enjoy your trip, free of all the baggage check hassle.