One way to avoid having to pay the exorbitant checked baggage fees being charged by more and more airlines is to squeeze all you need into a carrying-on bag and to wear the bulky stuff, including your hiking boots!
Have you ever found you struggle sorting through all those clothes you've packed you did not really need? Well here is the solution - don't take them!
With good planning and some great tips from the experts you will find you can squeeze all you need into a carry-on bag. Here are some great tips from the experts for business and holiday travel.
Research - Check the Carry-on Size and Weight Limits for ALL the flights you are travelling on and make sure the bag you are using complies. Also check the NUMBER of items you are allowed - some companies only allow one pieceINCLUDING purses, laptop bags, and any other small items.
Make a List - It may seem silly, but it works, especially when you work on it to remove items you don't really need.. Write down exactly what you need to bring and how many of each item (see suggested list at the end of the article). Stick to it.
Too many shoes are a common mistake. Limits are Women -3 pairs and Men 2 -pairs. Wear you bulky shoes on the plane. You will want to choose something comfortable for walking, something dressy for dinners, and something in between (light sandals).
Take none, and buy them there, or repackage into small disposable containers, travel size products (get from the hotel?) and choose dry product rather than liquids.
Allow yourself just ‘one fun thing’ Just one. Maybe a pair of shoes, a cute top or dress, a book, a gadget, but just one.
Buy it there! I'd almost rather bring nothing at all on the outbound leg and buy everything at the destination.
Wear your gym shoes on the plane whenever possible. Gym clothes are easier to roll. I try to pack two sets of gym outfits and use them out as casual and relaxing outfits the in hotel.
camera, charger, download cables
phone + charger
travel pillow (inflatable)
multi-function tool, scissors
universal sink stopper
washing detergent, stain remover
surgical latex cord clothesline
inflatable hangers, or other devices to dry clothes]
dark glasses and case
eye plugs, sleeping mask
pens, a small notebook, glue stick + other stationery
personal address book
maps and guides
security pouch, that can be worn under clothes
visas,passport, copies of passport photos, identification documents, vaccination certificates
vital personal documents, driver's license, health insurance information
credit, cash and ATM cards, traveller's cheques
2-3 pairs trousers or skirts, shorts
3-4 pairs socks
4-6 pairs undergarments
long, warm and lightweight underwear
dark sweater / cardigan / jumper
rain-wear (light plastic poncho)
washable polar-fleece type zip-up jacket(wear on the plane)
2 pairs of shoes (1 dress and 1 walking (worn on the plane)) + 1 comfy pair of sandals
parka, coat, or equivalent worn onto the plane
gloves / mittens
sun hat, sports cap, beanie
toothbrush and toothpaste
shaver (blades) and charging cable
nail clipper and file
shampoo, conditioner, bar soap
viscose towel (or wrapped washcloth)
basic first aid kit
diarrhoea treatment, infection treatment, malaria tablets
sunscreen, lip balm
(chemical or mechanical) water purifier
vitamins, contraceptives etc.