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Matt and Brett: Can you handle the carry on?

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At this time of year, we usually have a couple of short break flights booked.

One to go south to embrace the cold and the other to go north to escape it, after all you need balance in life, right!

But, the question is, can you practically do a short break with just carry on?

After all, a flight deal may not sound so “dealy” once you’ve added checked luggage.

Like many others, we’ve been stung at the gate by that person with the portable scales and EFTPOS machine, so it’s made us determined to pack smarter.

First things first, not all carry on bags are created equal.

You don’t want close to half of your limit taken up by the weight of your empty bag.

For us, the nylon duffle bag is perfect. It weighs next to nothing but has the space to pack for up to a week. The soft sides also mean you have more of a chance of winning the carry on Tetris game that is the overhead compartment on a domestic flight.

Now to the packing itself.

The golden rule is to wear your heaviest outfit to travel and always carry a jacket with deep pockets that can handle your electronics and toiletries pack.

Oh and toiletries, only take what you need and definitely leave the electric toothbrush and razor at home.

As far as clothes go, the idea is that everything needs to mix and match with everything else and you should have a maximum of two pairs of shoes, the ones you travel with and one other pair.

Also, it should go without saying, but light clothes make for light luggage.

These next tips may be controversial, but just because you are on a break doesn’t mean you can’t wash (hand or machine) and if it’s a romantic getaway, do you actually need PJs?

If all else fails and you just can’t do carry on only, then if you are travelling with others, consider sharing the cost of one checked bag between you.

Finally carry a digital luggage scale.

It’s the best investment you will ever make and will pay for itself over and over again.

Get packing and we’ll see you at the airport!

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