Stefanie Michaels' Travel by Carry-on Tips

What essential items should we bring if we're packing a carry-on only?

  • 1 pair of jeans
  • 1 pair of nice slacks
  • Casual wear
  • Nice dress
  • Pair of heels
  • Half the amount of socks and underwear

Is there a trick to packing your clothes in order to make it all fit?

  1. Roll your clothes.
  2. Don't lay flat.
  3. Gain 30% more space.
  4. Stuff shoes / boots with clothes, underwear, etc…

What about all the products us girls like to bring?

  1. Buy small travel size products in your destination.
  2. Europe and overseas tend to have better products than U.S.
  3. If you're particular, get small empty plastic travel bottles to put your products in, rather than bring the whole thing.
  4. Less likely to also get stopped by TSA with smaller toiletries.

But what about blow-dryers?

  1. Most hotels have one in the room.
  2. Or bring it, but roll it in shirts or jeans.

Regardless if we pack carry-on or check luggage, what's the number one thing we need to remember?

  1. Girls, bring a big purse.
  2. Guys, consider a backpack.
  3. Pack extra set of clothes, travel toiletries in case anything happens to your luggage/carry-on.
  4. Put your purse inside the big purse.
  5. Help save room for any goods you buy along the way.

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