Amanda Lukoff: Whether you're getting ready for a family vacation or a business trip, packing is a skill. At Away.
com, we have three great tips to help you pack like a professional.
First, pick the right bag. The one essential feature to consider is carrying capacity. The maximum size of a carry-on bag for most domestic air travel is 22 inches tall by 14 inches wide by 9 inches deep. Soft carry-on bags usually weigh less than structured ones and can be cramped into an overhead bin on an airplane. And rectangle shaped bags have more cubic inches of storage space than those with rounded corners.
Second, pick clothes wisely. Cotton or wool clothes tend to resist wrinkles and choosing one color scheme will allow you to easily mix and match. Look for clothing that does double duty like a tank for the day that's dressed up by a wrap for night. And take no more than four pairs of shoes, including the ones you're wearing on the plane.
Finally, after picking the clothes, pack them efficiently. Rolling garments best utilizes baggage space and creates fewer wrinkles and creases. Place shoes on the edge of your bag, and put heavier items on the bottom. And if needed, wear bulky items such as coats on to the plane to save space in your suitcase.
So, as you pack for your next trip, keep these tips in mind to help you pack smart.