Even though you know 3 Ways to Travel like a Pro, sometimes ending up on a budget airline is inevitable. With such cost-effective fare, you lose the luxuries other airlines provide unless you’re willing to pay a hefty fee.
I recently flew Spirit and the cost to take a carry-on roundtrip was damn near close to another flight! To make matters worse, they had just reduced the size of their free personal item to “18 x 14 x 8 inches (45 x 35 x 20 cm)” including handles and wheels. I really wondered how I was going to make such a small bag work, especially for a 4-day international trip. Fortunately, after some research and a few attempts of packing, it worked out! So here’s how to avoid those hefty bag fees and pack your personal item with ease.
Find the perfect bag
After hours of looking for a bag that matched the dimensions, I came across this inexpensive foldable duffle on Amazon (here). At only $8.99 my expectations of this bag were pretty low but it turned out to be a good deal.
Pros: This bag measures closest to the max at “18 x 13.6 x 8 in.” , is spacious inside and conveniently folds up into itself. What’s even better is you can take it on other trips in addition to your carry-on when needing space for souvenirs, etc.
Cons: There are no wheels or shoulder strap.
There’s no right or wrong way to do this. When leaving for the trip everything was folded and fit perfectly. However, on the return, I ended up having to roll everything to make the souvenirs fit. In both cases, I lined the bag with my shoes to create a stronger base and wore my heaviest items on the flight to help with the weight of the bag.
What travel hacks do you have or would like to see? Let me know in the comments.
xo Sincerely Shanti