How to Pack Everything You’ll Need for Your Getaway into a Personal Item
Travel Bag Packing Tips
There are endless tips available for how to pack a carry-on. Some say to roll your clothes, other say to lie them flat and fold them all together, and some die-hard travelers swear by vacuum storage bags. But, what about your personal item? After all, a personal item is just as important to pack strategically for your travel day. With holiday travel finally kicking into high gear again this season, a sure-fire way to minimize your frustrations at the airport is to avoid checking luggage. You’ll really need to think about the essentials needed for your travel bag. Traveling light can be an art form. Scroll down to see how to pack everything you’ll need for your getaway into a personal item.
Want some additional smart and stylish carry-all tote options? Check out some of my suggestions here. Not ready to commit to light packing? Erin reveals her tips for packing like a pro here.
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Choose the Right Travel Bag
Choosing the right personal item bag is paramount to fit what you need for your trip. It’s a good idea to check the airline’s size requirements for specific limitations, but truthfully, I don’t think many flight attendants actually care as long as it fits under the seat. There are plenty of options to choose from like Erin’s tried-and-true favorite, the Think Royln Wingman tote, to chic backpacks with lots of compartments. If you prefer wheeled bags, there are a few small enough to fit underneath an airplane seat while still looking stylish.
You’ll have to be extremely picky about what goes in your bag if you’re going to travel with only a personal item. There is no room to bring any items on a “just in case” basis. I know, that’s hard for us ladies, but it’s a must if you have just one bag. Not including clothing, I’ve included a list of what I usually bring with me when packing just a personal item. The number of outfits you bring really depends on how lightweight your clothes are and how long you plan to travel. Remember to wear your bulkier items and a few layers on the plane.
Finding a travel handbag that can serve double duty is really important when packing a personal item. You’ll want something that can help keep you organized on travel days with easy access to essentials like your ticket, passport or phone charger. Where this becomes strategic is finding a bag that is versatile enough to pair with any outfit in the evenings, while still being functional enough to carry around all day while sight-seeing.
Amit is a loyal subscriber turned contributor from Miami, where she founded and edited an award-winning lifestyle magazine for over 20 years. The loves of her life are her husband and their two fiercely independent and creative kids. She has been known, however, to proclaim that her favorite child is their Shiba Inu, Zac.
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