You see them all the time; they come into your inbox before being quickly dismissed, they are advertised on television commercials, and you may even hear them on drive-time radio. They are the great travel deals which allow would-be globetrotters to visit exotic places for less. The catch, of course, is that you aren’t allowed to take checked baggage.
For the majority of people who see these ads, this is where they lost interest. Immediately assuming that they can’t possibly fit everything they need for a comfortable weekend away into a small carry-on bag, they dismiss the idea and instead, spend the weekend at home doing nothing.
If you are bored of sitting at home but don’t have the budget to pay for a full price airfare, below is a great guide to help you pack everything you need for a weekend away into a carry-on sized bag.
What You Will Need
Let’s start with what you need. Given that you will be away for two nights and two days, stick to the following items:
- One pair of jeans
- One pair of pants
- Two comfortable t-shirts
- One collared shirt
- Four pairs of socks
- One pair of boots or flipflops (destination depending)
As you can see, it’s a pretty short list. But before you think that it isn’t enough, it’s important to remember that you will also be wearing an entire outfit on the airplane during your journey. Now, when you think about a travel outfit and what you are packing, it starts to look more reasonable.
Speaking of What to Wear on the Plane
When it comes to choosing the outfit which you will wear on the plane, the key is to wear anything that is bulky, which you wouldn’t want to carry in your bag. For example, if you are going somewhere and are taking hiking boots as your option, wear them on the plane and pack a comfortable pair of sneakers. Similarly, if you are visiting a cold destination and want to take advantage of the jacket you recently purchased from the Groupon Coupons page for Neiman Marcus, then wear this or even carry it during your journey. Tricks like this can help you squeeze the most out of your precious carry-on space.
What You Need to Leave Behind
If you have a cell phone, then leave all of your other electronic devices at home. This includes your laptop, your tablet, any e-readers you may have, along with any portable gaming consoles. The reason? While you may think that it is just one or two devices, you also have to include any charging cables and adapters which you also need to find space for.
If you thought the list above was short, get ready for this one. Below is what you should pack into your toiletries bag.
- Tooth Floss
- A small bottle of moisturizer
- A very small selection of makeup
- Cotton Tips
- Headache tablets
Now, before you get nervous that this isn’t enough to supply your routine, remember that your accommodation will provide much of what you need. Items like a hair dryer will be included in your room, so leave yours behind.
Four easy tips are all that’s needed to get you on your way to exploring the world at a fraction of the cost! So the next time that you see one of those offers come across your inbox, give it a second thought and you might just find yourself jetting off to the beach for a weekend instead of sitting on the couch!