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Expert Advice on How to Pack the Perfect Carry-On

Features & Advice | Janeen Christoff | September 15, 2016

Expert Advice on How to Pack the Perfect Carry-On

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Who wants to pay extra to bring get the things you need to your destination? No one. That’s why Men’s Journal has provided some handy tips for packing your carry-on with everything you need for your journey from Intrepid Travel CEO Darrell Wade. 

Start with making a list — and sticking to it, says Wade. 

“My list includes what I’m wearing on any given day so the ‘what’s in the bag list’ is one item less of each item,” Wade says. 

Keep shoes sensible and bring ones that can do multiple things. 

“Shoes need to look OK in a more formal setting, but be able to pound the trails when you’re off exploring. I always take either Rockport or Camper shoes,” he suggests. 

Make the most of your luggage items. 

“Most airlines allow you to bring one carry-on piece of luggage (like any of these rolling suitcases) and a personal item. That means you get two bags to bring your necessities along in. Keep clothes in your carry-on and maximize your use of the “personal item” by bringing along a small duffel, a backpack, or a briefcase,” he recommends. 

To prevent overpacking, Wade says travelers should wash what they wear. 

READ MORE: Packing: Essentials and What You Can Leave Behind   

“Most hotels have laundry service, or if you’re not staying in a hotel, utilize local laundromats for cheap self-service or drop-off services,” he notes. 

And then there’s the Darrell Wade way —  “I wash my clothes myself in the bathroom,” he tells Men’s Journal. 

Of course, this means you should make sure you are bringing fast-drying items with you. 

For more tips on what to pack, including a packing list, read on here


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