The Art of Carry-On Travel


Marilyn JonesThe positive part of checking luggage is you can take more to your vacation destination and bring back more souvenirs. The negative side is the addition fees for domestic flights and some international flights, collecting luggage for customs on internationals flights when connection times are tight, and the possibility of your luggage being lost or delayed.

So what’s the solution?

Until recently, I was in the checked-bag camp; always taking along anything and everything I thought I might need during the time I was away. When I was planning a March trip to Finland, I decided I was going to figure out a way to only take a carry-on suitcase and backpack.


I already had the suitcase, but I needed a backpack. Partnering with Eagle Creek, I chose a backpack. It was just the right size to comply with airline regulations for a “personal” item. In it I packed two DSLR cameras in a protective padded pouch, headphones, medications, paperwork and magazines, cellphone, toiletries divided by liquid and non-liquid, and my car keys.

Now for my carry-on suitcase. I found three Eagle Creek products that turned out to be invaluable to my goal of carry-on packing — a compression sac set, mini crossbody purse and packable duffle.

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