Whenever you're packing for a trip, there's one game you inevitably play. It's called How Many Things Can I Fit In This Suitcase And Still Get It On The Plane? Avoiding checked baggage is nonnegotiable for many of us, considering the ever increasing fees for luggage that doesn't fit into that darn overhead storage container. If you're adamant about traveling with only what you can bring with you, you'll be needing these eight packing hacks when you only have a carry-on.
It's not just the fees that deter us from entrusting the airlines with our valuable belongings. There's also that nagging concern that when you land at your destination, your suitcase is going to stand you up like your date to the prom. Although statistics show improvement over the last 30-ish years, as of 2015, there were still approximately 1.92 million reports of mishandled baggage, according to information from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics. That's 3.24 reports for every 1,000 passengers. (It's a heck of a lot better than conditions in 1990: 2.66 million reports, or 6.73 reports per 1,000 passengers.)
The only solution to annoying fees and potentially delayed or lost luggage is to stick with carry-on. Here are eight ways you can cram more in that suitcase than you ever thought imaginable. Remember: it's all about strategy.