Carrying a lot of luggage when travelling is impractical these days. After all, airlines charge hefty fees for each bag checked in on a domestic flight, ranging from $15 to $100. Gone are the days when you pack every item of clothing that you own for your vacation. A lot of people have come up with ways on how to pack light, and the ideal bag is one that has a combined length, width and depth of 60 inches; this is what most airlines will allow for carry-ons, which you stow in the overhead storage bin. So how do you pack it all in in one bag? Here are a couple of tips:
Have a small pack of detergent with you and spare 10 minutes each night to wash your socks, underwear, and shirts in your hotel room, in order to save up a lot of space. Wash your personal stuff in the shower, roll it into a towel, and then squeeze out the excess water before hanging it to dry.
Pick out clothes that can serve double or triple duty. The skinny black jeans that you wear on day hikes can easily pass as dress slacks for dinner, when paired with a nice sweater or blazer. For women, a wrap dress is an all-purpose, fool-proof get-up for both casual and formal occasions. An oversized T-shirt can double as a nightgown and a beach cover-up. Make sure that everything in your travel wardrobe matches everything else, to increase the number of mix-and-match options.
Think miniature. Don’t waste precious space in your toiletries bag with full-sized containers of shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste and lotions. You can use sample sizes of your favorites, or decant some of them into a set of small bottles. If you need to take along a computer, leave your laptop at home and travel with a lightweight notebook or tablet instead.
I hope this helps!