There’s nothing I love more than finding a cheap airline ticket. My mind instantly starts racing with ideas of the sights I’ll see, the foods I’ll eat, and the people I’ll meet. But then, I see it – the added on baggage fee. Sometimes it seems that adding on a checked bag can cost half as much as the ticket, crushing my hopes of cashing in on that cheap airline deal. Not to mention that if I did pay the hefty baggage fee, I would still be lugging large, heavy suitcase from place to place around my destination.
Why not ditch the checked bag altogether? There are many advantages to just sticking with packing a carry on or backpack.
Take a look at our teams’ tips for packing two weeks of clothes in your carry on:
Lots of neutrals and basics:
Packing neutral clothes like a tan t-shirt, blue jeans, black shoes, or a gray sweater allow you to mix and match your outfits because, well, everything matches! Along the same lines, try to pack items that have a dual purpose and can be dressed up or down.
Get creative with pajamas:
My fleece penguin pajamas are some of my favorites. But, they don’t belong in my carry on that needs to last me two weeks. Instead, try packing some sleeping clothes that can double as casual clothes if needed, such as running shorts and a t-shirt.
Bring fabric refresher and/or laundry soap:
On my recent trip to the Mediterranean, the temperature was HOT. Knowing that I had to wear most of my clothing items at least 2-3 more times, well, let’s just say that my fabric refresher spray was a lifesaver.
Wear your heaviest clothes at the airport:
I have been known to hop on a plane in 80-degree weather wearing jeans, boots, a sweater, and a jacket. These bulky items can take up half of your backpack, but if you wear them onto the plane, they take up no room at all!
Invest in some travel-specific items:
Stick to two pairs of shoes:
Two pairs of shoes is all you need – no more, no less. Depending on your itinerary and planned activities, some comfortable walking shoes and a pair of dressier boots or sandals is all you need!
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