3 Carry-On Travel Tips for Your Spring Holiday
This piece was authored for AOL’s lifestyle network.
Picture this: you’ve finally booked your dream vacation. For two weeks, you’ll eat your way through a foreign land, exploring the beach, the city, and temples you’ve only ever read about. Now for a plot twist: you’re allowed just one bag – a backpack, at that. So tell me, is this the itinerary of your post-college grad trip, or a scene from 2016’s most underrated horror film?
This Thursday, we jet off to Thailand for adventure, sun, and you guessed it, coffee (tips, anyone?), and me, myself, and my backpack couldn’t be more excited. Because I’m more of a “checked bag plus carry on” kind of gal, I called in the experts (packing experts) to see how one could possibly fit two weeks into one small bag. The results?
#1: Use compression bags, and color coordinate them! One of the most challenging aspects of packing for two weeks in a small bag (for me, at least) is keeping organized in order to fit all the necessities. For this trip, I bought individual compression bags (each in different colors, in order to keep things like tanks, shorts, and under-things separate). While you can definitely pack sweaters in the compression bags, light pieces are obviously easiest, so I'll be throwing in loose embroidered blouses, a tie-dye scarf dress, and a cute crochet bikini.
#2 Don't forget a flexible day bag: My purses are big. I mean really big. They're structured and oversized and perfect for throwing in pretty much every item I'd ever need. Great for the city, but traveling for 10 days? Not so much. There's a pretty small chance that one of my everyday bags would fit inside my backpack, so instead I found this flexible nylon bag from Longchamp that can easily fold up in my luggage when I'm not using it.
#3: Use the "three rule": What is the three rule, you ask? First, lay out everything you plan to take with you on your trip. Then, eliminate three items. While I really, really wanted to bring this BCBG dress from Revolve, it didn't quite pass the "three piece rule."
Have any tried and true travel tips? Let us know in the comments below!