Packing efficiently

How to pack efficiently for your trip

how to pack efficiently

Most airlines now charge fees for checked bags. And many travelers have responded by packing everything into a carry-on bag. This is smart. Besides avoiding airline fees, there are many advantages to packing efficiently and traveling light – even if you travel by car, bus or train. 

For one thing, the more you take along, the more stuff you have to schlep through airport terminals, security, rental car lots and sometimes city streets. Lugging more of your belongings also raises the likelihood something will get lost, stolen, forgotten or confiscated. Here are some efficient packing tips to maximize your space and minimize the hassle.

Packing a suitcase

Packing light demands efficiency – making the best use of space in your suitcase. Some tips for efficient packing:

Carry-on baggage limitations

Although carry-on baggage size and weight restrictions differ among domestic airlines, you should be well within the limits if your carry-on bag is no more than 45 linear inches (total of the height, width and depth of the bag) and about 40 pounds, depending on the airline.  

Also, remember it's not just airlines that have baggage limits. Both Greyhound and Amtrak have baggage restrictions, including 50-pound weight limits for checked bags. Before you start packing for your trip, check with your carrier about their specific baggage guidelines. And remember to leave room for souvenirs!  

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