How to Pack for a Week and Still Carry on Your Luggage

These days, most airlines charge even if you want to check one bag, and that cost can get expensive. Additionally, if you will be traveling for a week or so, then you will definitely want to simplify your life. That means carrying as little luggage as possible. “Packing light is especially helpful or travelers who regularly change hotels or destinations.” (World Traveler)

If you want to pack as light as possible, then you need to learn how to get a week’s worth of clothes and toiletries in one piece of carry-on luggage. This really is possible. You just need to know what to do. Here is your guide to packing everything you need in one bag:

  • Follow TSA regulations for liquids. You can only have three ounce containers and they must all fit in a Ziploc baggy.
  • Plan all of your packing well before the trip.
  • Take only one pair of shoes, two at the most.
  • Stuff socks inside the pair of shoes that you packed.
  • Wear your heaviest items and pack only the lightest things.
  • Be as multipurpose as possible with all clothing you pack. For example, you can buy pants that zip into shorts or fleece jackets that double as pillows.
  • For ladies, only pack one or two pieces of jewelry.
  • Lay all of your clothing out neatly into a pile and then wrap them around each other. Don’t fold each piece individually.
  • Only pack one belt.
  • Consider purchasing packing aids that will compress your clothing into small cubes.
  • Wear your jacket. Don’t pack it.

The number one rule when packing a week’s worth of required items into one piece of carry-on luggage is to be sensible. Bulky clothing will take up more space and shoes can take up the whole suitcase. Be sure to wear what you can and then place only the lightweight items in your carry-on luggage. Additionally, make sure you know all of the TSA regulations for what you can carry on. You also need to watch out for size. Each airline has different regulations, so you will need to check carefully before you fly.


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