I do it because I save oodles of time. I print my boarding pass the night before and frolick straight to security (which is time consuming enough without the hassle of ticketing counters) Plus you don’t have to wait like a forlorn puppy at baggage claim with 100s of similarly situated pupswho swivel their heads with each drop of the dark (always black) suitcase, proceeding to stampede and claim it and ofcourse realize upon inspection, not theirs. No thanks! Here’s some tips on what I do.
1. Duffel bag: They’re flexible so fit more than traditional carry on luggage.
2. Stop, grab and roll: Don’t fold your clothes, roll them up tightly. You get less wrinkles and save a ton of space.
3. Do the catwalk preflight: I know many who bring 7 different outfits for approximately 2 days! All hail the perfect outfit but why not answer the soul searching question preflight by trying on what you would wear and picking before you go?
4. Minimize the shoes: Shoes take up tons of space. I take black shoes that can go with all my clothes. Sure it means my outfits will have to go with black shoes but having one nice shoe as opposed to three to go with three different outfits saves a lot of space and to me its worth it.
5. Wear your suit: When going for suit-ish meetings I wear my suit onto the plane.
6. Liquidate: The 3oz liquid requirement can cause many to check in bags. Target has great travel size EVERYTHING plus “airport requirement” ziplock bags.
7. Tote it! Bring the big tote bag as your purse. It’ll carry your book, and other things that you can avoid packing in. (Men, you can tote without a purse!)