There are many benefits to traveling without checked luggage: you don’t have to worry about luggage fees, the airline losing your bags, or lugging your belongings to and from your destination. But if you’re going on a week-long trip, you may be wondering how you could fit all of your necessities into one carry-on. Well, our EWR Airport parking members are here to help.
Pick a Good Carry-On
If you know what airline you’ll be flying, check their luggage guidelines and note the largest size they accept for a carry-on. Then, choose one in that size and make sure it has lots of pockets and compartments. You’ll want a bag with as much spare room as possible.
Pack What You Need
This may sound obvious, but many people tend to pack things that they never even use. Only bring the things you’re truly going to need. This is especially true for women, since women tend to have a variety of hair products, styling tools, jewelry, shoes, and makeup. Choose the one styling tool you use the most, the jewelry that goes with multiple outfits, and the makeup you absolutely need.
If you really want to, you could save more room by buying small amounts of shampoo, conditioner, and hair products at your destination and leaving behind whatever you don’t use.
Mix and Match
Choose clothing that can mix and match easily so you can recycle your outfits. If you’re bringing pants in more than one color (say, jeans, khakis, and a pair of black pants), choose shirts in colors that will go with all of them. That way, you can mix your shirts and your pants to create different outfits. If you’ll be dressing up, try packing an outfit that can be worn casually with sneakers or flip flops or dressed up with jewelry and a pair of heels.
Roll Your Clothes
You’ll fit much more into your carry-on if you roll your clothes instead of fold them; to make outfits easier, lay your shirt and a pair of underwear on top of your pants and roll them all together. You can keep them rolled tight by securing a rubber band around them and best of all, your rolled clothing will be less wrinkled than if you had folded it.
To bring along even more articles of clothing, layer them on before boarding your plane. You could easily layer a t-shirt, zip-up sweatshirt, and jacket over a tank top, and if you get hot, you can always take off a layer or two. It’s also a good idea to wear your bulkiest items (such as a pair of boots or a winter coat) on the plane so you don’t have to find room for them in your carry-on.
Consider Doing Laundry
If your trip is more than a week long, or you know you’re going to be changing outfits often, consider doing laundry while on your trip. You can either find a local laundromat, have the hotel wash it for you, or wash it yourself in the sink. Whichever way you choose, you’ll be able to wear your garments more than once or twice.
Don’t Forget About Your “Personal Item”
In addition to your carry-on, most airlines allow you to bring one “personal item.” For ladies, this is usually a purse, but if you need some extra space for your belongings, you can always turn your purse into a tote bag and fill it with your excess items. For men, you can easily bring a backpack filled with an extra pair of shoes and all of your socks and underwear.
And remember: if you’re flying out of Newark, give our EWR Airport parking company a call! We’ll make your trip to and from the airport a breeze!