Are you team baggage check or team carry-on? These days, checking bags seems to cause more stress than convenience. Airports are experiencing lost and delayed baggage, leading to extra long lines and frustrated travelers. 

Switching from checking bags to packing only a carry-on is a hack for avoiding a chaotic travel experience. 

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If the thought of packing everything into a carry-on gives you a headache, we’ve got tips to help you master this art form. 

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Moodboard your looks

Do you usually wear all the outfits you pack when traveling? Neither do we. To avoid overpacking, create a moodboard of the vibes you’re going for. Once you have a theme, plan out your outfits, and be sure to only pack those outfits. This way, you’ll still be serving looks and optimizing your carry-on. 


Use packing cubes

Packing cubes are a great way to stay organized and maximize the space in your carry-on. For example, you can use packing cubes to separate your dresses, shirts, and pants. Not only does it make the packing process more organized, but you’ll also have easier access to your clothes.


Roll, don’t fold

If you really want to make the most of the space in your suitcase, roll your clothes. You can also roll items in your clothes like jewelry, perfume, and accessories. It may take longer to pack, but you’ll be saving room in your suitcase and reducing creases in your clothing.

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Focus on essentials

Do you actually use all the skincare products you pack? It’s really important to focus on the essentials. Pack the skincare items and makeup that you really need. If you have trouble deciding what’s essential or not, think about the products you use on a daily basis. If your products aren’t TSA compliant, invest in travel-size toiletry holders and fill them with your products.

When it comes to your outfits, refer to your moodboard and pack what’s necessary to complete your looks. 

With these tips and tricks, your carry-on packing will be a breeze. 

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