Airlines love charging travelers fees for checking their bags, which can add hundreds of dollars to the cost of travel for families. With a few packing tips and tricks from this blog, you will know the rules and can fit everything you need into a carry on!

Watch out your bag size and weight

Your carry-on luggage needs to fit in the overhead bin when it’s filled to capacity, so take a measuring tape shopping with you, and play the comparison game. Normally the maximum dimensions for a carry-on bag are 9 inches x 14 inches x 22 inches (22 centimeters x 35 centimeters x 56 centimeters). And the max weight is around 8kg, which different in each airline. To avoid surprise extra luggage fee, we strongly suggest you to check your airline rules before packing.  

Leave your large liquids at home

What you put in your carry-on bag is regulated, as well. In addition to the same rules that apply to checked bags, which prohibit firearms, lithium batteries, and other potentially hazardous items, you must be mindful of liquids when packing your carry-on luggage. Regardless of your destination, you cannot bring containers of liquid, paste, aerosol, gel, or cream larger than 3.4 ounces through security. Make sure to check the specific rules of your carrier, too, so you won’t be forced to throw anything away at the gate. Buy small travel-size containers and consider switching product formulations, like bringing a bar of shaving soap rather than cream, for example. Also depending on the length of the trip, it might be easier to buy products upon arrival.

Optimize Space and squeeze out the air

Instead of folding, try to roll clothes as tightly as possible. Start with the heavier, bulkier items because these are sure to take up more space. These bigger items can be the base of your suitcase or carry-on, while the smaller, light weight pieces can be rolled on top or you can even shove them into any crevices between the bigger items. And using compression plastic bags also a good idea. By squeeze out the air, you can reduce 60% volume.

Get a travel jacket

Travel jackets are designed with extra pockets (sometimes more than 20) to let travelers carry as much stuff as possible on their person. Some transform into a bag with a handle, while others can pass as just another vest or sports coat. Travelers worried about space, and especially about the weight of their bag, can fill up the pockets and walk everything on board.

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