Packing your Carry-On Like a Pro

October 23, 2017

Packing your Carry-On Like a Pro

Traveling home for the holidays means packing your suitcase with hope that there will be some room leftover in it for gifts. If your mother is anything like mine, she refuses to get me an Amazon giftcard because it's "impersonal" and "not fun to open up on Christmas morning." Even when I continually tell her a giftcard is much easier to travel back to Texas with, so I'm either left with checking a bag or shipping things. After reading a few blogs and Pinterest pages on how to properly pack your suitcase, I've narrowed down my favorite and most helpful tips:

    • Roll your clothes: I always thought this was a silly tip until I tried it. Rolling your clothes truly does save space and it keeps things from not wrinkling. 
    • Stuff your shoes: when going back home to colder weather, I have tall boots that can easily be filled and space is saved.
    • Maximize your personal bag: every airline lets you have a carry-on and a personal bag. So make the most of that personal bag! I pack clothes, makeup, jewelry -- anything I would need if I lost my carry-on. And use a backpack or a big purse.
    • Cut back: Lay everything out on your bed or floor first, and then edit ruthlessly. I am the queen of overpacking but limit myself to a smaller bag to help this.
    • Get a good carry-on: If you travel more than 3-4 times a year, I would definitely recommend investing in a good carry-on. There's nothing worse than having a broken wheel when you're running to catch your flight (been there). I didn't splurge and drop $300 on a carry-on, I went to TJ Maxx and found a cute, study carry-on for half that price.

Safe travels to all!! 

XOXO - Maggie

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