Air travel is already stressful enough, but when you include the sky-high luggage fees that some airlines impose on their passengers, it becomes just plain anxiety-inducing! Because of this, we’ve looked far and wide for the best way to fit as many items possible into one carry-on. After watching this video, you will seriously feel like you just hit the jackpot!
This trusty tip comes to us today from a viral clip starring travel enthusiast and former Bond Girl – I know, right?! – Rachel Grant. She has teamed up with Biaggi Luggage to show us how to pack 100 ITEMS into one carry-on.
Yeah, yeah, you’re probably rolling your eyes right now and thinking: There’s NO way that’s possible! Well, I have to admit that, before her secrets were revealed to me, I thought exactly the same way. Mainly because I’m an avid traveler myself, but I generally struggle to pack as much as a week’s worth of clothes in my bag.
What it comes down to is having a) the proper tools and b) the proper technique. Once you’re aware of these, then packing becomes a breeze!
So, let’s first gather the necessary tools that make this luggage hack possible. In the video, Rachel uses:
- About a dozen sturdy elastic bands
- Several packing cubes (ones labeled “compression cubes” work best!)
- Several gallon-sized Ziploc bags
Before she even thinks about touching that suitcase, she first lays out all of her chosen clothing items, arranging them in order of category (shoes go with shoes, etc.) and size (jackets go with jackets, tank tops go with tank tops, etc.).
She then takes all of her “roll-able” items, rolls them up tightly, and packs them into her Ziploc bags. Again, it’s important to note that, when you do this, each bag should represent one category or size of clothing. This will help you make more space in each bag, and will keep you organized when you are finally ready to unpack.
For those tricky “non roll-able” clothes, opt to fold them instead, and pack them into a compression cube with other similarly-shaped items. Once you’re finally ready to start packing, be sure to first determine which cubes or Ziplocs are the heaviest, then throw those in at the bottom.
You can then place your lighter items on the top, and try your best to stuff your shoes on the outer-edges of the interior of your bag. It’s sort of like doing a puzzle; you might not get it right on the first try, but with some creative thinking, they should fit!
Now that you know the fundamentals, it’s time for you to master her technique, and finally learn what she does with those elastic bands. To witness Rachel’s incredible packing technique for yourself, be sure to click on Biaggi Luggage’s video below! Happy travels!
What do you think of Rachel’s method? Would you have done anything differently? How much stuff have you been able to squeeze into a small suitcase? Tell us all about your thoughts and experiences in the comments section below!