Tired of paying extra for a checked bag and waiting at the baggage carousel after your flight? Fit everything into a carry-on and you’ll pay less, wait less, and some airlines still give you a carry-on bag for free as long as it meets their requirements.
Here’s how to make it onto the plane with just a carry-on with everything you need and no hassle:
Get It Down to 20 Pounds Or Less
Although some airlines allow a carry-on to weigh 22 pounds or more, others will want it to be 20 pounds or less. Keeping it to 20 pounds is a good rule of thumb and one that will get you to the gate without trouble in most cases.
A small backpack is all that’s required, and will never get more than a passing look from airline staff. You can also go with carry-on luggage that meets the size requirements and fits neatly in the overhead bin, but the extra weight means you’ll have to pack fewer items.