Packing for a vacation can be a daunting task. You want to be prepared for anything, but not at the expense of being bogged down by too many large suitcases—or having to pay extra for their transport. If you’d rather travel light, it is possible to only pack a carry-on bag for longer trips, like a week-long jaunt to a sun destination. Here are a few tips on how to do it.
Many airlines charge between $30 and $60 to check even one piece of luggage. Avoid the fee by taking a carry-on measuring no more than 21.5” by 15.5” by 9”.
You’re usually permitted to board the plane with a carry-on plus a personal item—a purse, laptop bag or small backpack.
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Carry travel paperwork, documents and prescription medications in your personal item. Make sure meds have the original pharmacist label on them.
ROLL WITH IT
Maximize space by folding pants and placing on the bottom of your bag or suitcase, along with footwear; roll the rest and layer on top.
LIQUIDS & GELS
Security limits toiletries to a small bagful, so purchase them at your destination. Or use the ones at your hotel—most now offer quality shampoo and soap.
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Leave a bit of space in your carry-on bag for any souvenirs you pick up.
DO NOT FLY LIST
Avoid packing goods prohibited by airlines. And never fly with cannabis: Though it is legal in Canada, it’s likely not in your destination.
HOW TO SAVE
Whether you opt for hard- or soft-shell luggage, find your perfect bag (and a member discount) at an AMA centre. You can also stock up on travel gear and accessories.