Keep Calm and Carry-On

Aug 16, 2017

We’ve all heard it before … Everyone has baggage.

Yet sometimes, baggage literally is baggage. For every student you take on a trip, you’re toting along at least one bag.

But geesh … Is it just me, or does luggage increase exponentially?

If you’re flying with your students—and looking to save some space, some money or a headache from keeping track of all the baggage—consider limiting your travelers to one carry-on-sized bag.

Think it’s impossible? It’s not! Here are some tips, for you and your students, on packing everything you need in a carry-on.

Choose wisely.
When it comes to choosing the right carry-on bag, size matters. Check your airline’s carry-on allowance before you begin packing. You can find any restrictions under “baggage information” on the airline’s website.

Think outside the bag.
Speaking of backpacks … Most airlines allow for a checked bag and a personal item, such as a backpack. Backpacks are the Mary Poppins bag of travel: They’re durable, dependable and larger than meets the eye. Your students can fit a lot of stuff in there, and they’re easy to tote around your destination while exploring.

Begin with your travel outfit.
Figure out what you’re going to wear while traveling, and work from there. Wear your heaviest items (like denim) on the plane, so there’s more room in your carry-on to pack your other stuff.

Design your wardrobe.
Pack clothes you like and are comfortable in, and plan on wearing each item a few times. Summon your inner stylist and pack staple items you can mix and match for any occasion—such as sunny sightseeing by day, and classy theatrical performance by night.

Skip the liquids.
If you’re flying, don’t hassle with the carry-on liquid guidelines and save some space. Staying in a hotel with students? Most offer free shampoo. You might even consider making a quick stop to purchase your liquids once you arrive at your destination.

Leave some room.
If you’re planning on picking up any souvenirs, leave some space in your carry-on for your return trip. Otherwise, pack a few items you won’t mind discarding or donating at your destination.

Pick a method for your madness.

Rolling, layering, nesting … There’s more than one way to pack a bag. Check out Pinterest for packing hacks!

Written by Cassie Westrate, staff writer for 
Teach & Travel.