Wednesday, May 12, 2010

10 Days In a Carry-On

Now that some airlines have decided to charge for carry-on luggage as well as checked baggage. These tips might help to consolidate your clothes into one bag and eliminate being charged for two or more bags.

Folded clothing takes up too much space. Instead, we suggest tightly rolling everything, which will also minimize wrinkling (see photo above).

The carry-on suitcase will hold:

1. Three pairs of shorts

2. Three pairs of dress pants

3. One skirt

4. Three pairs of casual pants or jeans

5. Three nightgowns

6. Three bathing suits

7. One sarong

8. Three lightweight sweaters

9. Four dresses

10. Ten casual shirts

11. Six dress shirts

12. a clutch

13. Toiletries

14. Two pairs of shoes

You can wear the third pair of shoes, as well as jeans and a longer sweater.


Continue to roll the clothing and set it aside.


Shoes go in first. Please pack them along the edges of the bag, then begin putting in jeans and pants to form the bottom layer of clothing.


Continuing with lighter clothes, and form more layers, packing garments tightly.


The lightest items are last and make up the top layer of clothing.


Toiletries and clutch go on top. The bag closes easily — no need to sit on it.

Credit: David Ahntholz for The New York Times

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