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You Don't Need To Check Your Luggage. Seriously.

As you most likely already know, airlines are now charging for checked bags, overweight bags, oversized bags, well...just bags in general. The current TSA rules state that you can bring one carry-on and one personal item on the plane. For me this usually constitutes a medium sized backpack and a 21-inch carry-on. Most people still don't seem to realize how much stuff you can pack into a small suitcase, so since I just came back from a 4 day trip (for which I had overpacked) I will give you an example.

Here is what I had in my carry-on:

  • 1 pair of dress pants
  • 4 pairs of jeans
  • 5 t-shirts
  • 2 long sleeve t-shirts
  • 2 sweaters
  • 6 under shirts
  • 6 pairs of underwear
  • 6 pairs of socks
  • 2 dress shirts
  • 1 sport coat
  • 1 formal vest
  • 2 belts
  • 2 ties
  • 1 pair of dress shoes

Mind you, that all of the above fit in there without expanding the suitcase. Also, lets not forget that my backpack was mostly empty. The only stuff that that I had in there was:

  • iPod
  • personal hygiene stuff (toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, shaving stuff, etc.)
  • digital camera
  • cell phone charger
  • iPod charger

As you can see, if I wanted to I could have fit much more both into the suitcase and into the backpack, had i needed/wanted to. This was all packed using basic space saving tips like rolling t-shirts and underwear, and stuffing socks into shoes, etc. As you can see, I easily had enough packed to last me a whole week. Also, lets not forget that if you really want to economize packing space then you can use packing aids, such as these Eagle Creek Compressor Envelopes.

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