With the announcement that JetBlue is changing it’s policy when it comes to checked bags, the days of having your bag fly free is almost history. Not to mention the fact that the holidays are ripe for some airlines to jack-up the price you pay for a checked bag (I’m looking at you Spirit and Frontier).
Needless to say it’s not looking good for those of us trying to be frugal travelers. Southwest is now the only U.S. airline that lets your luggage fly free. That’s why, if you want to avoid that baggage checking fee, it’s time to learn how to pack in an efficient, and space saving way.
With that said, there are several ways you can travel hack your carry-on.
Make a clothing pill
This is a really simple, and cool hack that just may change your (travel) life. Not only does it save space, but you can take it out and use it as a little travel pillow. To make this pill, you’re basically rolling undergarments within a t-shirt. Then fold the socks over to make a nice little clothing pill. This is especially nice for short weekend trips so you can put each day's clothing together. And, yes, if you’re still checking a bag, I would put at least one pill in your carry-on just incase the airline loses your checked luggage.
Just roll with it
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again - I like rolling my clothes. Now, in case you are wondering, this is different than the above pill, because all of these rolls have nothing in them. I do this all the time. And yes, it works!
Pack in cubes
Packing cubes intrigue me. I don’t have any, but I’m seriously thinking about getting some. They are perfect for anyone who is anal about organization. You can roll your clothes into one cube, put your shoes in another, and electronics in another. The best part? If you need one thing from your suitcase, you don’t need to make a mess of everything inside just to find the thing you’re looking for (which seems to always wind up at the bottom of your damn suitcase)! With cubes you know exactly where everything is, and nothing gets messed up.
A lot of people hate packing because they just can’t make it work. Using one or more of these hacks can keep you from stressing out about packing. Do you have any packing tips?
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