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14 Tips That Make Traveling With Just A Carry-On Doable, According To A Pro Travel Writer Who Never Checks A Suitcase

I'm Evie, and I've jet-setted all over the world as a travel writer. I like being light and mobile when I travel, which is why I always avoid checking a bag. In addition to saving money, it saves time. There's no feeling more glorious than gliding past the baggage claim at the end of a long flight.

Woman rolls suitcase on a street in Japan

Packing everything you need in a carry-on isn't always the easiest task, but I can confidently say I've mastered the art. Here's how I decide what to take, what to leave behind, and how I keep it all organized:

1.Shoes are the enemy of carry-on luggage — so I wear the bulkiest pair on the plane.

A carry-on suitcase with shoes on the side

2.Same goes for sweaters and sweatshirts.

Man dances in Christmas tree sweater

3.Jeans take up more room than other bottoms, so I only pack a couple pairs and wear one on the plane.

Suitcase packed with clothes

4.Stick to solid color clothing that can work for multiple outfits.

Person packing a suitcase

5.Pack a few fun accessories that take up very little space like scarves, jewelry, and sunglasses.

Man in turtleneck with fanny pack

6.When traveling to a cold destination, bring a jacket that folds down into nothing.

A couple in winter clothing holding a baby

7.Limit yourself to just one dressy outfit.

Man in tie at a desk

8.Pack like you're going away for a week, and accept the fact that you might have to do laundry.

A man doing the laundry

9.Dress smartly to make airport security a breeze.

A woman walking into airport security

10.Traveling in something with pockets is clutch.

Woman in wedding dress is excited

11.If you have a long day of travel ahead of you, pack some clean clothes in a backpack.

A woman walking through an airport

12.Make sure everything in your carry-on suitcase is security proof.

Feet and suitcase at the airport

13.Keep those items you might need to remove at security in a separate backpack.

A traveler holding a suitcase and backpack on her back

14.Make sure to bring a refillable water bottle, but empty it before the security checkpoint.

Woman refilling water bottle from a source of water in mountain

Have any smart packing tips to share? Drop them in the comments below.