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How To Pack Carry On Luggage The Smarter Simple Way

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If you’ve ever found yourself asking, “How To Pack Carry On Luggage?” you’re in the right spot. Packing is a challenge; it can feel like you’re solving a complex puzzle.

As an experienced traveler and a bit of a packing pro, I’ve spent countless hours perfecting the art of packing a carry-on. I’ve compiled all this knowledge into a handy guide that will give you answers to the top questions about packing a carry-on.

If you’re looking for a guide on “How To Pack Carry On Luggage,” this guide is a must-read.

I understand the challenges of packing for a trip, and I’m here to help you easily overcome the stress. So, together let’s master the art of packing a carry-on together.

What Is The Weight Limit Of My Carry 0n?

When learning how to pack carry on luggage, it is first necessary to know the maximum allowed weight for a carry-on bag which is, on average, 35 pounds. If you’re traveling internationally, check with your airline about their specific rules regarding carry-ons. But in all my years of travel, my carry on weight has never exceeded the limit.

What Liquids Can You Take In A Carry On?

Basically, you will need to follow the 3-1-1 liquids rule. You can take a quart-size baggie stuffed full of individual bottles of 3.4 ounces of things like shampoo and conditioner. These can be travel-sized items, or small bottles made just for flying. However, you can take full-size solids in your carry on baggage, such as soaps, conditioners, shampoos, and deodorant.

Packing solids will allow extra space in the quart-size baggie for liquids. Don’t forget that most hotels supply shampoo, conditioner, and lotion in each room.

How To Pack Carry On Luggage And Organize The Simple Way

Organizing and learning how to pack carry on luggage means you only bring what you absolutely need. Begin by organizing your clothing and personal items as you lay them on a bed or a flat surface. You will see all you plan to take, which makes it easier to add or take away things you may or may not need.

Cut your clothing to a bare minimum. Mix and match basic colors that will double and are interchangeable for work and play. Hello Bombshell talks about an interchangeable capsule wardrobe and how to build one. And Real Men Real Style talks about an interchangeable wardrobe for men.

What Should You Consider First For How To Pack Carry On Luggage?

If you’re not sure how to pack carry on luggage, the best way, here are some packing tips:

Choose your carry on wisely, which means your bag will need to have a place for your clothing, toiletries, and, more than likely, your laptop. A backpack, duffle bag, or suitcase with compartments will come in handy for a weekend getaway. 

In addition, make sure your luggage is 28 inches and will fit into the overhead bin or under the plane seat. 

How To Pack Carry On Luggage The Best Way?

Now that you have it all organized, let’s pack.

I suggest using compression packing cubes specifically designed for carry on luggage. Compression cubes shrink the volume of your suitcase by 15%; they also make unpacking much easier. Packing cubes are great for backpacks, duffle bags, and suitcases.

When using packing cubes, it is most effective to roll your clothing and place it in the packing cubes. Rolling will save space and prevent wrinkles. It is important to note that if you do not use packing cubes, some suggest you fold your clothes, but I am still a fan of rolling. 


Remember to include your toiletries, medications, cosmetics, beauty products, etc.

How To Pack Shoes In Luggage

Shoes can often be an issue but not for us because this is the simple way to pack. Although most of us will need at least 2 pairs of shoes, a pair of nicer shoes, and an extra pair for play, there is a solution. Try to wear one pair of shoes on the plane to save space. The other pair can serve as a place to pack underwear and a couple of pairs of socks.

Final Steps

Now that you have your items organized, it is time to pack. So it was actually 4 simple steps. 

  • Pick you luggage
  • Organize your clothes
  • Pack your cubes
  • Pack you luggage

It is that easy to learn how to pack a carry on for a weekend just to get away or for a short business trip. Oh, and don’t forget your laptop, just place it into the laptop compartment, and you are all set to go.

FAQs About How To Pack Carry On Luggage

Here are some commonly asked questions about how to pack carry on luggage.

How do I fit everything in my carry-on?

Organization is the key to fitting everything in. Use packing cubes, and roll your clothes along with a combination of folding. Use every tiny bit of space and even stuff some of your clothes like underwear and socks. And above all, choose luggage with lots of internal and external pockets.

Where should I put my shoes when I pack a carry on bag?

Just stuff some underwear and socks in your shoes and put your shoes into a felt bag or a bag specifically for shoes. Then place the shoes inside your luggage before anything else. This way, you can pack around them and have more space.

Can I bring clothes in my personal bag?

Just remember, if you organize and pack the very best way and still can’t fit everything in your carry on, there is your personal bag. You can take one carry on and one personal bag on most flights. Use your personal bag as an overflow if necessary.

Overview Video On How To Pack Carry On Luggage With Packing Cubes

If you need some tips on packing cubes, this short video is very helpful.

Additional Resources

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How To Pack Carry On Luggage – Conclusion

That’s it! Away you go to the airport with one efficiently and simply packed bag, and you don’t have to stop and wait in line to pick up your luggage when you land. It is all right in your hands to save you time. 

Happy travels, my friends. 

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Laura Fuller

Hello, I am a luggage and travel fanatic. With a vast knowledge of TSA regulations, I am here to assist you on your journey. Please join me, and together, we will navigate the world of travel. From TSA and air to cruising the high seas, we will explore the best accessories and tips for smooth travel.

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