When it comes to business travel we all know that avoiding check-in luggage can have the potential to save us time and money. However, the trials of travelling light and packing a professional wardrobe and essential gadgets can be tricky! Here are our tips for travelling light and maximizing your carry-on baggage.
Top tips to make the most out of your carry-on
1. Choose the right luggage
You need a carry-on suitcase that fits the airline’s specifications, but it also needs to be useful and practical. Most airlines follow the standard 22 cm x 35 cm x 56 cm measurements, including handles and wheels but its worth checking with your carrier before flying. It’s also a good idea to opt for a suitcase with light weight material so the suitcase weighs less and allows you to pack more. Multiple pockets and packing heavier items at the bottom (by the wheels) will help compartmentalise your luggage and make it easier to roll.
2. Make the most of your personal item
In addition to your primary carry-on bag, most airlines will allow you to bring on an additional personal item such as your laptop bag or handbag. Try to maximize this with either a backpack or multi-purpose laptop bag which can generally hold more but will still fit easily under the seat in front of you.
3. Plan ahead
It may seem borderline obsessive behaviour but planning your outfits day by day and then laying out each item before packing to ensure it is a necessary addition. Additionally, packing items that can be re-worn and coordinated with something else from your travel wardrobe helps to minimize over packing.
4. Less liquid
Most travellers are already well versed in the container limit of 100 ml for liquids in carry-on luggage when travelling overseas. But putting liquids in small travel sized containers also helps keep luggage light overall and frees up space for other essential items. Most beauty products can easily be squeezed into small travel containers for each trip.
5. Say goodbye to goodies
More often than not we are travelling for conferences, exhibitions or trade shows. We all love a freebie and these are usually in abundance at these events with folders, brochures, tote bags and USBs at every corner. Limit your swag and try to reduce the amount of paperwork you are picking up as this can surprisingly bulk up your return luggage.