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Video:How to Pack for a Week Using Only a Carry-On Bag

with Kaytie Sproul

Using only a carry-on bag for a week trip is completely possible. Watch this video to learn the right packing methods and other tips on how to pack for a week using only a carry-on bag.See Transcript

Transcript:How to Pack for a Week Using Only a Carry-On Bag

Hi, I'm Kaytie Sproul, here for, and today I'm going to show you how to pack for a week using only a carry-on bag. With the ever-increasing cost of airline travel, it's essential that you pack light if you hope to avoid additional fees. Beyond that, having to deal with only one bag will make your week's journey much easier. Let's take a look at how you can get away with just one carry on bag.

Know the Essentials to Pack for a Week Long Trip

First and foremost, don't over pack. You never need a different outfit for each day of the week; rather, take versatile, complimentary items that can be layered for warmth, as well as switched around for variety. Your packing list should include the following: 3 t-shirts or tank tops, 3 long-sleeve shirts or jumpers, 1 pair of jeans, 1 pair of slacks, a bathing suit or swim trunks, 4-7 pairs of socks, and the necessary undergarments.

If you're traveling to a warm climate, you'll want to pack a pair of flip flops or sandals, and if you plan to spend a few nights out on the town, you can also take along a pair of dress shoes. Your daily walking shoes will be worn on the plane, as will your jacket and belt. Since you've already packed two pairs of pants, considering wearing shorts or a skirt on the plane, particularly if you expect warm weather at your destination.

Just a tip: Don't forget to take weather into consideration when packing for your trip. Your destination's climate will greatly affect what you pack, so be mindful of it as you begin to prepare your luggage. It could mean the difference between packing flip flops and sunscreen, or an umbrella and a beanie.

Not All Toiletries Can Travel in a Carry-On Bag

Let's move on to toiletries. Current airport regulations state that any liquids or gels must be no more than 100 ml per bottle and packed in a clear, resealable bag. My suggestion is to leave your bar soap, shampoo, conditioner, and lotion at home as most hotels provide these items complimentary, as well as having a hair dryer in the room. Be sure to pack a toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, sunscreen, lip balm, deoderant, and any necessary medications you may need. If you find that you do need a few extra toiletries when you arrive at your destination, you can always find a drug store to supplement what you've packed.

Maximize the Carry-On Bag Space for Packing

Now that you've figured out what you're taking, it's time to fit it all into your carry-on bag. There are a few different packing methods that will maximize space – some people like to fold, others like to bundle wrap, but I prefer rolling. Rolling allows you to fit several items into one small bag, and allows for quick and easy retrieval that won't dishevel your packing. Your shoes and toiletries should be placed in the mesh pocketing of your luggage. Any additional space can be filled with your preferred travel accessories, for example, a digital camera or paperback books.

If you're short on space, don't forget that you can put small items in your coat and pants pockets as well. It may seem impossible, but you can definitely pack for a week's worth of travel using only a carry-on bag. All it really takes is a little advanced planning and the right packing method, and you can avoid fees for checked luggage, as well as the hassle of having to cart around additional bags full of items that you probably won't use anyway.

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