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By Liz Weiss, Staff WriterMay 29, 2013
By Liz Weiss, Staff WriterMay 29, 2013, at 4:05 p.m.
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How to Pack Light

How to Pack Light

With steep checked-baggage fees and strict airline carry-on limitations, there's no better time to lighten your load. These nine easy techniques will help you trim down your packing list to the absolute essentials. Read More:
How to Pack Light
Size Up Your Carry-On

Size Up Your Carry-On

Before you start packing, check your airline's carry-on luggage limitations to prevent hefty checked-baggage fees. You'll also be able to pack your things more efficiently if you know the specific size limits. Read More:
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How to Pack Light

With steep checked-baggage fees and strict airline carry-on limitations, there's no better time to lighten your load. These nine easy techniques will help you trim down your packing list to the absolute essentials. Read More:
How to Pack Light

Size Up Your Carry-On

Before you start packing, check your airline's carry-on luggage limitations to prevent hefty checked-baggage fees. You'll also be able to pack your things more efficiently if you know the specific size limits. Read More:
How to Pack Light

Keep a Checklist

Writing down all the items you want to bring forces you to think about what you truly need. Once you've composed a checklist, be sure to stick to it! Read More:
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Stay Neutral

You'll save room in your suitcase by sporting neutral colors, such as black, white and navy. These hues can easily be mixed and matched, reducing the amount of clothing you need. Another option: selecting a central color, such as red, and coordinating with matching colors. Read More:
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Pack Ahead of Time

Give yourself plenty of time to pack. This will prevent you from stuffing your suitcase with items you don't need. Read More:
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Learn to Layer

By wearing bulkier items like coats and sweaters on the plane, you'll save yourself the trouble of trying to pack them. Another tip: Trade thick sweaters for thinner, thermal gear to effectively utilize space. Read More:
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Compress and Conserve

If you're in need of additional space in your carry-on, use a vacuum bag to force out excess air and create more space. Read More:
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Shoe It In

After deciding which pairs of shoes to bring, stack them along the sides of the bottom of your bag. Then, stuff additional items — such as socks and underwear — inside your shoes to make the most of your space. You should also wear your heaviest shoes in transit. Read More:
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Roll It Up

Instead of folding your clothing, roll it tightly to save room. Start with bulkier items and layer lighter items on top. Read More:
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Save the Lightest Items for Last

Top off your carry-on with your lightest pieces, such as toiletries and accessories. This will allow you to whip out liquids for a speedy security screening and help you evenly distribute weight inside your suitcase. Read More:
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Liz Weiss, Staff Writer

Liz Weiss is a senior editor at U.S. News & World Report. With more than six years of ...  Read more

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