Embarking on a journey filled with excitement only to be greeted by the disheartening sight of a lost checked bag is every traveller’s worst nightmare. Thankfully, there are steps to take to avoid having to check a bag in the first place.
Byrd Bergeron, travel enthusiast and founder of The Travel Byrds, reveals why steering clear of checked bags is the secret to a seamless and stress-free travel experience. She shares seven insightful tips to ditch checking bags on your next trip.
1. Laundry Liberation
Bergeron’s top tip for packing less revolves around planning for laundry during your trip. “Many accommodations offer facilities, and it’s a game-changer. On top of that, doing laundry is at times faster than waiting for the baggage claim. Pack for a week, stay for a month – that’s the mindset.”
2. Toiletry Triumph with Dry Shampoo
Navigating airport security with toiletries can be daunting, but Bergeron recommends, “Opt for dry shampoo and solid toiletries to breeze through security. It’s the key to staying fresh without the liquid drama.”
3. Use That “Personal Item”
Most airlines let you carry a personal item. That doesn’t mean it has to be a small purse. “Make your personal item a backpack. Place your purse inside and take advantage of the additional space to fit more of your travel essentials in,” suggests Byrd.
4. Bag Bliss: Finding Your Perfect Carry-On
Bergeron stresses the importance of selecting the right carry-on travel bag. “Look for durability, size, versatility, and multiple compartments.” A well-chosen carry-on is your travel ally, not just a vessel for your belongings. Invest wisely, and your bag will serve you on countless adventures.
5. Size Matters: Know Your Carry-On Limits
Bergeron emphasises the importance of understanding the carry-on size requirements for your airline. “Different airlines have different rules. Don’t be caught off guard. It’s the key to stress-free boarding.”
6. Packing with Cubes and Rolls
Bergeron urges travellers to invest in packing cubes and embrace the art of rolling clothes. “Cubes maximise space, and rolling minimises wrinkles. It’s a game-changer for those who want to pack efficiently without sacrificing style.”
7. Use Shoes Wisely
Sharing a savvy shoe-packing hack! Bergeron suggests, “Stuff socks inside your shoes to save space and position them along the edges of your carry-on. It’s a space-saving move that keeps your shoes in shape and your packing footprint light.”
8. Weather-Ready Wardrobe Wisdom
“Don’t let the weather catch you off guard,” advises Bergeron. Pack strategically for different climates by layering and opting for versatile pieces. It’s the secret to being prepared without overstuffing your suitcase.
If you decide to check your bag, take a photo of it and everything inside if it gets lost. You can also purchase an air tag to keep track of your luggage.
Embrace carry-on travel and unlock the doors to hassle-free adventures with these expert tips.