Updated: Oct 4, 2020
The majority of your travel budget goes toward your flight and accommodations. The airlines that have lower fares usually make up for the price by up-charging for luggage, check-in methods and picking your seat on the flight. If you're looking to keep your fare low you have to learn how to pack your personal item like a carry on. It's much easier than it sounds. If you don't know how to make the most out of your backpack, here are the best techniques to have everything you need to still have the best looks and keep your trip within your budget.
Personally, using a book bag as a carry on is extremely convenient to me. You don't have to worry about placing heavy luggage in the overhead bin, your hands are free, items are easily within reach and believe me it IS enough space. If you have a trip coming up that's a quick weekend getaway up to a week long, your book bag will get you through it.
1. ROLL your clothes
I know we've always been taught to fold our clothes but when it comes to book bags, you save the most space by rolling your clothes. *BONUS: Your clothes have less wrinkles!
2. Travel Cubes/Ziplocks
We're trying to save space right! Compressing your clothes in a bag saves you space, especially with bulky items. Travel cubes are worth the investment. They're not very expensive to start out with, they're reusable and your being aware of your plastic use on the environment. Travel cubes work well both in book bags and suitcases and come in an assortment of sizes.
3. Be Intentional
Leave no empty spaces! Think of your book bag like a game of Tetris. You know you spent enough hours playing it as a kid to be an expert. Be intentional about the order of the items you place in your bag. Place tops in purses and socks in shoes to use every space available.
1. Wear Your Jacket
You're going to get cold on your flight. Wear your jacket, wrap it around your waist or hang it over your arm instead of packing it.
2. Wear Your Bulkiest Shoes
Typically, this will be your kicks. Save space and go comfy through the airport by wearing your sneakers to the airport.