How to pack carry-on like an expert

Is it time to pack your bags?
Is it time to take that trip you've been dreaming about?
But... wait a minute! Do you remember how to pack a carry-on bag?

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If you need a little help to start packing like an expert in no time, read our 6 secret tips 🙂

Plan with confidence what you really need to pack

We are used and we like to traveling light so, the words ‘Just in case’ doesn’t crop up when we are packing for a trip. Yes, this is a good point to start for us, and here for you the first secret: cut down on unnecessary, start by choosing everything you want to take with you, then make a realistic selection. After your second look, take out clothing (take what you can wash) and accessories you decide won’t make the cut.

If the zip on your hand luggage is too tight to close, you'll need to re-evaluate your accessories and remove some items to prevent them from spontaneously breaking while you're travelling. Yes, because that's not the best way to start a holiday!

Check out our list of what you need to pack for your trip. It can also be a good checklist.

Do you know the 5-4-3-2-1 rule?
This means packing 5 pairs each of socks and underwear (including bras), 4 tops or polo shirts or T-shirts (or sweatshirts and jumpers, depending on your destination), 3 pairs of trousers, 2 pairs of shoes and 1 accessory (e.g. hat).
You can change your outfit depending on where you are going. If you are going to the beach, you will probably be wearing sandals most of the time. Then you can leave out the socks and add shorts (or mini-skirts). If you are going to a formal event, include a dress or suit jacket. And don't forget to include swimwear if you're going to the beach. Always remember 5-4-3-2-1!
Ricordate sempre 5-4-3-2-1!

How to pack effectively

Is it better to roll or fold clothes?
That’s the first question we have had when we had to go to Argentina for two weeks with 6 flights to deal with and with the possibility of hand luggage only.
Our suggestion is to fold all clothes and put them into the organizer soft set (packing cubes).

We suggest you to place shoes and breakable items at the bottom and in the center of the carry-on baggage (when it’s standing). This keeps your items and clothes safe.
Use a bag for shoes and put them heel into toe. This method will keep you from wasting precious space. You can also put things inside shoes like socks, tights or even underwear (into another bag of course!).
Now fill in the gaps around the packed clothes, items and shoes.
Put toiletries in a water resistant bags. . Using a water resistant bags with zip help to avoid any spills or exploding of liquid. Positioning them amid soft clothing to avoid damages.
Rather than rolling belts and squashing keep them long and slot within the edges of the case..

Digitise paper materials

Documents and books are voluminous. If you carry a phone, PC or other device with you, consider using one of the many cloud spaces, also available free of charge. Also consider using dedicated APPs to download off-line material that might be useful, such as maps, translation apps, travel guides and books (in e-book format).
This does not apply to travel documents. It is although a good idea to keep digital copies of your passport and itinerary on your phone, but also pack some printed copies.

Take a folding bag for shopping and souvenirs

You will feel like shopping and buying little souvenirs for family and friends, so we suggest you to take along a folding bag or a fabric backpack that actually takes up the space of a pack of tissues. You will fill it with whatever you buy (as long as it is small!).

Keep important medicines in your handbag/man purse

Even if you have your own carry-on baggage there is a risk that the airline will take it back at the gate. They can do this! If you put your medication in your handbag you will always have it with you.

Carry a reusable canteen

As long as it’s empty, it is possible to bring a canteen through airport security control. Once you are inside the terminal you can fill it up with water or what you like.
It is very important to stay hydrated, and it is greener than having to buy plastic water bottles.
There are a lot of type of canteen, cheaper and expensive, it’s up to you!

That's all! Are you ready for holidays? 🙂

Ciao da Cris e Marco del blog in giro in giro

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