The first time I flew by myself, the airline lost my luggage. Since then I have made a point to carry my suitcase on the plane as much as possible. It is more efficient, protects my belongings, and saves money now that airlines are charging fees for checking your baggage.
But while I always use a carry-on for shorter trips, for longer trips I am still forced to check my bags. However, now that I’ve seen this slideshow on how to get 10 days worth of clothes into one carry-on bag, that may be changing.
According to The New York Times, travel expert Heather Poole can get 10 days worth of clothes into one small bag. This includes “three pairs of shorts, three pairs of dress pants, one skirt, three pairs of casual pants or jeans, three nightgowns, three bathing suits, one sarong, three lightweight sweaters, four dresses, 10 casual shirts, six dress shirts, a clutch, toiletries and two pairs of shoes.”
Her method is to roll the clothes, like so:
Then she tightly layers the suitcase with the heavier clothes on the bottom, lighter clothes on top.
Everything fits in with no trouble. By contrast, here are the same items packed the usual way:
I am going to have to try this out.