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How to Pack a Minimalistic Carry-On Bag for a Seven Day Trip

Are you planning to go on a vacation, and your biggest concern is the extra checked baggage fee. You want to keep your bags under the free allowance, but you don't know how to do so. In this article, we'll tell you how you can manage to fit all your necessary items in one carry-on bag. A lightweight and small carry-on bag also has many benefits, like you don't have to worry about your baggage getting lost or waiting for hours at the luggage carousel. Speaking of Budget, The best way to save your money is by using a low-cost airline for flight bookings. One such carrier is Spirit Airlines, a major American carrier that serves more than 85 locations in the country. We'll choose Spirit Airline for our reference and the default airline for our journey for this article.

Headquartered in the metropolitan area of Miami, Spirit Airlines Flights operates in more than 83 destinations in the United States, the Caribbean, North America, and South America. The ULCC (Ultra lost-cost carrier) takes only base fares on every flight. It means that you have to pay only for the service you want and not for the one you don't need. For Example, if you book a flight ticket with Spirit Airlines, you will only be allowed to carry one personal item with you. If you want to take an extra carry-on bag, you can easily buy an additional carry-on bag allowance at a very less amount.

The biggest secret to minimalistic packing is to focus on necessity instead of need. There can be multiple things you want and need to bring on your trip but ask yourself, is it really necessary? Here comes necessity where you only keep the things that are most important to take with you. If you are going for a week, you need to pack even tighter to avoid the extra checked baggage charges. It would be best to refer to the airline baggage policy on Spirit Airlines Official Site.

Here is a brief and step by step guide on how you can pack all of your necessary things in a small carry-on bag:

Do your Research

Check the climate and weather forecast of your destination. If it's summertime or sunshine at your destination, you don't need to keep your heavy winter or woolen clothes in your bag. You should also leave your rainy gear and other not so useful items at home.

Pack your Bags in Advance

You should pack your bags in advance as you may have to pack all the clothes tightly. Packing at the last-minute will cause a hurry and leave less space for you in the bag. You may require some extra time. You can try to use a Hardcase bag (rated to be kept in-flight cabin) to know how many things you can pack.

Wearing Heavy Clothes and Shoes before you Board

While this may sound stupidish, it is one of the most effective ways to save you from paying extra. For Example, if you are going in winter and are carrying heavy jackets and shoes that will occupy a lot of space in your bag, you can wear them at the time of boarding so your bags can be under their permitted weight and size limits.

How to Pack Your Bags

You should not just throw your clothes in the bag, taking more space. Here are some of the points you should consider when packing your bags:

Roll Up your Clothes

You can easily roll your light clothes such as T-Shirts and shorts. It will help you utilize the space in a better way.

Fold the Heavy Ones

Fold all your heavy clothes such as sweaters and jackets in square format. It will help you save some space as rolling them will take a big chunk of your bag.

Use Cotton or Mesh Bags

You should keep all your delicate and small items such as lingerie and undergarment in soft cotton or mesh fabric bags. You can also keep your shoes in soft cotton bags to keep them safe and new.

Utilize the Full Space of Your Bag

Once you've rolled and folded and packed all your stuff, you can evenly spread all the items in the bags so you can use every inch of your luggage.

You can check the different methods to book your ticket on the official website for Spirit Airlines Reservations.

  • Jack Leo
  • Feb 2 2022
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