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Packing for a Vacation

Carry-On Only: Genius Ideas for Packing Light this Holiday Season

Fewer bags, fewer headaches.

by FIJI Water on December 16, 2016

You already know that packing light makes travel more convenient. Fewer bags, fewer headaches. But, what should you tuck in that all-in-one carry-on bag to be sure you're 100 percent ready for your winter holiday getaway? FIJI Water has the inside scoop!

Wear What You Can't Pack

Winter weather can make it difficult to fit all your clothes into a carry-on. To make the most of your available space, wear your heaviest sweater and fashion boots on your travel days, and fill your bag with lightweight fabrics that are good for layering. Items like cashmere sweaters, silk camisoles, and fleece-lined leggings are great pieces that take up minimal space and keep you cozy.

Choose Garments that Mix & Match

Choose a simple color palette for the trip, and make all your pieces mingle and match. For example, pair black and ivory fabrics with gold jewelry for an elegant and sophisticated look. Pack a few accessories to add pops of color to your look. Pocket squares, scarves, brooches, and cufflinks amp up your style without taking up too much space in your luggage.

Rent Fine Jewelry & Formal Wear

Nervous about traveling with your best pieces? Ask your jeweler or stylist about a recommendation for a consultant in your destination city. If time is a factor, there are dozens of online retailers that ship fine jewelry and designer pieces to the home or hotel you plan to stay during your trip. The best part of renting designer pieces? Experimenting with new trends without the commitment.

Ship the Gifts

Bringing wrapped gifts on a flight can be risky. If you put them in your checked luggage, you run the risk of gifts being lost or damaged. If you carry the gifts on the plane, TSA may pull the items and unwrap them. Save yourself from any worry by shipping gifts ahead of time and wrapping them at your destination.

Use Every Nook and Cranny

Inspect your carry-on bag and personal item for hidden pockets, and make sure to use them! Don't waste space in the main compartment when you can fill pockets with smaller items like phone chargers, a glasses case, or toiletries. Fill shoes and boots with smaller items like socks and lightweight t-shirts to create additional space.

Guest Contributions

Your business-savvy guests might even be interested in contributing to your swag bag. Friends and colleagues in the beauty, fitness and lifestyle industries may have samples of products they are launching in the new year. What better way to mix business with pleasure?

Wear What You Can't Pack

Winter weather can make it difficult to fit all your clothes into a carry-on. To make the most of your available space, wear your heaviest sweater and fashion boots on your travel days, and fill your bag with lightweight fabrics that are good for layering. Items like cashmere sweaters, silk camisoles, and fleece-lined leggings are great pieces that take up minimal space and keep you cozy.

Don’t Go Thirsty

Due to low levels of humidity in an airline cabin, air travelers are prone to get parched. Make sure to purchase a large bottle of water before boarding to keep hydrated through a long flight.

Cloth Bags > Hard-shell Suitcases

While a hard-shell case might be more durable, it might be hard to squeeze it into a crowded overhead bin. Use a cloth bag and avoid the risk of having to gate-check the bag you worked so hard to pack!

The key to packing light this holiday season is keeping your look sleek and sophisticated, utilizing the services at your destination and let the mail handle the rest. If you happen to forget anything, simply indulge in a little holiday shopping at the hotel and airport boutiques. Bon voyage!