An OCD's Guide to Packing the Perfect Carry-On
Packing for any airplane trip is a skill I am constantly improving and I know I’m not alone. Of particular interest in that ever important carry-on. Canada’s two major airlines, WestJet and Air Canada have recently increased their checked baggage fees to $30. Now more than ever, there is more incentive to pack for a trip using only your carry-on luggage.
I’d like to be one of those people who can leave the plane with only a carry on and stroll off to the destination without waiting and struggling! But, I don’t think I’m there yet… I have compiled a selection of the best tips for packing a carry-on from online and from my personal experience.
Seven Tips to Pack a Better Carry-On
Tip #1: You always want to have a change of clothes in case your checked luggage does not follow you. Roll these instead of folding as this takes up more room.
Tip #2: Place your heavier items near the base/wheels of the suitcase.
Tip #3: Use packing cubes, ideal for socks, underwear, etc…
Tip #4: Use free samples for toiletries as often as possible!
Tip #5: Get yourself a little case for all those pesky (yet essential) cords and chargers. I like the use of cases so that I’m not digging in my bag to find something I need. I only need to remember which case it is in!
Tip #6: Download an e-book app on your device so that you don’t take heavy books.
Tip #7: Remember that you can always buy items you need at your destination, such as razors, sunscreen, etc.… Plus it is fun (at least I think) to check out foreign drug stores!
Want to see what I will pack, particularly for Greece? List bellow! 👇🏻Plus, click this link and drop your email into the prompt to get a PDF packing checklist!
My Greece Carry-On List
Laptop in case with charger and headphones
i-phone with charger (on airplane mode unless on wifi or using a local SIM card)
Camera with SD card, charger, and USB in case
Hotel and/or tour confirmations
Proof of travel insurance
4. Comfort Kit:
bathing suite & wrap
Snacks: granola bars
Pen & small notebook