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When traveling with a single bag, you will get more flexibility. If you cancel your flight, handheld equipment will allow you to skip the next flight to your destination without tracking your checked baggage.

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For me, preparing for a one- or two-week vacation is often a tug-of-war. The desire to pack light competes with the temptation to fill a huge suitcase with a wide variety of dresses and accessories, as well as some “maybe” sets (those that may or may not be taken to that trendy restaurant that you can find or not).

After decades of long excursions with my family, not to mention work-related trips, I can say with certainty that overload introduces chaos into one trip, especially when this getaway involves multiple destinations. I know it sounds weird, but having fewer options is liberating. For example? I spent four weeks in Japan, running from Tokyo to Kyoto, through Naoshima and all the way to Hokkaido, with only hand luggage and a handbag. Packing basic items with clothing (and buying underwear along the way) made every move not easy.

So let me tell you why you have to leave your suitcase to carry it in your hand, what to put in it and how to pack it.

Why just hand luggage?

You won’t lose your luggage – although your bag is unlikely to go wrong (there were about three cases per 1,000 customers in 2018, according to Airlines for America, a commercial organization of major US airlines ), when it happens, put a cloud on your vacation. The last time I checked a bag, I ended up on a river cruise in Provence without any trailer. Between two flight cancellations and quick connections, my checked baggage failed. I spent much of the next four days buying staples at the port and following the airline instead of enjoying France.

You’ll have more flexibility: If you cancel your flight, hand luggage will allow you to skip the next flight to your destination. With a checked baggage, a canceled flight means that the airline dictates your reservation. And yet, your bag may be lost.

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Traveling with a single handbag instead of a large suitcase means you will have few clothing options. The key to a scarce closet on the road is to know what to pack and how to pack it.

They’re easier to maneuver: if, like me, your travel plans involve trains, boats, and buses, a massive bag is a drawback. It has to be loaded through narrow aisles and does not fit into air storage. Then, you’ll have to chase an affable porter (good luck!) To help keep the bag in a corner. They take up less space: unless you are lucky enough to stay in luxury suites, there will be accommodation possibilities. the smaller part, especially in New York or many European cities, or in cost-conscious chains. A large suitcase will make a small room even narrower, especially when clothes are scattered. Save time: There are too many options that complicate dressing. With limited options, getting ready lasts only a few minutes and maximizes time to explore.

What to bring

They’re easier to maneuver: if, like me, your travel plans involve trains, boats, and buses, a massive bag is a drawback. It has to be loaded through narrow aisles and does not fit into air storage. Then, you’ll have to chase an affable porter (good luck!) To help keep the bag in a corner. They take up less space: unless you are lucky enough to stay in luxury suites, there will be accommodation possibilities. the smaller part, especially in New York or many European cities, or in cost-conscious chains. A large suitcase will make a small room even narrower, especially when clothes are scattered. Save time: There are too many options that complicate dressing. With limited options, getting ready lasts only a few minutes and maximizes time to explore. The key to a sparse, petty closet on the road is knowing what to pack and how to pack it. This requires discipline; each item must matter. With the basic basic items that can be worn with accessories, your suitcase can provide you with an arsenal of fashionable looks. Think about destiny. Check the weather forecast. Then pack only pieces versatile enough to carry them multiple times in various ways. The basic pieces in a neutral palette (cream, white, black, gray) work best to combine and blend.

To make sure the options can be reworked in a variety of ways, take out each item with accessories and create a few different looks.

Aside from pajamas, underwear, swimwear and concealment, beach vacations require a perfect outfit, a pair of jeans, a pair of shorts, a long skirt that can be disguised, an evening look, tops and light sweaters or wraps. A getaway to the city like Paris or London is similar except for the swimsuit and shorts. Focus on dresses such as a strapless dress or a skirt and t-shirt that can be worn for tourism, but with a cardigan and jewelry for the evening. Footwear can be the biggest challenge. The rule: three pairs at most. For both types of travel, low-heeled and open-toed sandals work during the day or night, along with sliding flats. If you really need to have a heel, make it low and easy to pack (you can stick them in the extra bag listed below). If you exercise, bring only two sets of workouts.

I have a pair of Nike Flyknit sneakers that weigh less than a pound and fit snugly in the top of the suitcase.

Accessories such as a statement necklace, a (fake) bangle bracelet, dangling earrings and a colorful, gassy scarf will add zipper to a basic look. Packing in small bags inside a master bag.

Don’t be a diva. Plan to wear clothes several times (well, maybe not your workout clothes) before you wash them. Look for a dry cleaner’s or laundry near the hotel and ask them to wash your things. It is much less expensive than having the hotel within reach.

How to pack

Don’t be a diva. Plan to wear clothes several times (well, maybe not your workout clothes) before you wash them. Look for a dry cleaner’s or laundry near the hotel and ask them to wash your things. It is much less expensive for the hotel to charge you to do so. Invest in a sturdy wheeled suitcase. For domestic travel, 22 inches is the maximum size for cabin baggage. For international travel, it is 21 inches. Briggs & Riley is my favorite luggage. It is sleek and durable with a lifetime warranty. I’ve been using the expandable international baseline for years ($ 569) (it can expand up to 34% and then go back to the original size) and I switched to the Sympatico ($ 579), which only expands by 22%, but it is lighter, pulls harder with a hard polycarbonate housing. Set the suitcase before packing to visually reinforce the restraint.

If you are traveling without a checked baggage, you will not have to spend time on your baggage claim or filing lost baggage claims.

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In addition to hand luggage, you are allowed a personal item. Don’t miss this opportunity in a bag. Carry a larger handbag (which should fit snugly on top of your hand with the wheels) and place a light, flexible bag inside the bag, which will also include books, computers, snacks, plugs. , toiletries bag (if you want to access it on a long-haul flight) and an extra sweater. Cuyana’s night bag ($ 165) is the perfect companion to a handbag. It is lightweight and can perform various tasks such as a beach bag. Another option is Paravel’s sleek nylon folding bag ($ 65), which can be reduced to a small tidy square.

Start the packing process five days before the trip. Because? Last-minute packing encourages bad choices. Place items on a sofa or dining table so you can see what’s there. Then consider what you need and what you want. Take out what is not essential. Once you have the batteries folded, start placing them inside packing cubes. Why cubes? These thin nylon bags compress the clothes and can be easily stored in a comfortable hotel, making it easier to organize during the trip. I recommend Eagle Creek or REI packing cubes. Opt for small-sized cleaning products (Sephora, Ulta and Walgreens have good selections) or transfer your products to small plastic containers. Another tip: store samples of face cream, vitamin C serum and cleanser in department stores throughout the year. You can also get shampoo and conditioner samples at your hairdresser. Place all of this in the smallest possible toiletry bag. For makeup, the twofer palettes and mini mascara are a space saver. Medications can also be streamlined. Place what you need (in addition to a few ibuprofen tablets) in a small zippered bag instead of packing several pill containers.

If you get rid of this tailor-made albatross known as a checked suitcase, you can effortlessly throw yourself from one place to another, spend less time picking up your luggage (or filing lost luggage claims), and get started. faster every morning.