Although checking luggage may be necessary for longer trips, I have decided to eliminate the “baggage claim game” all together by packing only a carryon bag for my upcoming trip to Tulum, Mexico. With limited space in your carry-on bag, it can be difficult to know what to pack and what to leave at home.
If your weekend getaway trip is quickly approaching, don’t fret! We’ve compiled 6 helpful tips for packing a carry-on bag.
1. Pack Light
Whether you’re traveling by car or plane, you will be responsible for managing your own luggage. (Unless, of course, you have an assigned individual carrying your bags for you. If so, you may proceed to the next tip.) Generally speaking, a lighter bag will help ease your overall travel experience. It will also provide extra space in your overhead compartment or trunk of your vehicl
2. Use a Ziploc Bag
To meet the strict requirements set in place by TSA, Ziploc bags are a great option for properly stowing liquid toiletries and other important items. For security purposes, the TSA mandates all liquid toiletries must be less than 3.4 ounces and stored in a clear bag. Toothpaste, liquid foundation, mascara, and even perfume are all included in this list.
3. Remember Identification
Unfortunately, personal belongings are always at risk of theft or loss, especially in busy airports or crowded rest stops. In the event your bag is lost or stolen, it’s important to have your contact information placed in a visible location. You may also want to include the cell phone number of a travel companion on your bag as well, just in case your phone is stowed within your bag at the time it becomes lost.
4. Follow TSA Guidelines
Word to the wise: If it can melt, bleed or explode, leave it at home. If you plan to travel by air or sea, the TSA maintains strict guidelines as to what is permitted and what is prohibited for travel. Even if you’re traveling by car, it’s always a good idea to follow similar procedures. Suddenly, that ballpoint pen of yours doesn’t write as well when its contents have been splattered all over your white cardigan.
5. Bag Your Outfits
Here’s a trick that I learned in grade school that I’ve used ever since: Bag your outfits in advance. Use large, gallon-sized bags to preplan the outfits you will wear during your trip. Be sure to include undergarments, accessories and any additional items that will make your ensemble complete. To play it safe, pack a few extra garments just in case.
6. Charge Up
There are certain items that I always manage to forget—and chargers are on the top of that list. Be sure to pack your cell phone charger, laptop charger, iPad charger and any other chargers before you pack anything else. That way, you’re less likely to forget them once you hit the road.
We know packing can be a headache, but we hope these tips will help ease your trip planning! What tips would you add to our list? Share your ideas with us in the comments below!