How to travel with a carry-on only
What to pack in a carry-on?
A small suitcase that fits within the carry-on dimensions needs to be able to hold both clothing and footwear. To help maximize space, use a compression bag or roll your clothes tightly and tuck smaller items into your shoes.
Packing cubes are a good option to save space. Their main function is to keep your bag organized and your clothes wrinkle-free. Another way to save some space is to wear the bulky items on your own person.
Shoes are some of the heaviest and space consuming items in a luggage. Try packing light minimizing the pairs of shoes you’ll be using on your trip. Place no more than two in your carry-on and wear the heaviest pair on your feet.
Travellers are permitted a bag and personal item such as a purse, small knapsack, briefcase or computer bag. These items are also subject to size restrictions, so be sure to check the details for hand luggage of your chosen airline.
Beware that you may be asked to skycheck carry-on luggage if your flight is very full or your luggage exceeds size limits. So, it’s best to carry any valuables you may be travelling with in your hand luggage for safekeeping.
How many carry-on bags are allowed?
How much liquid can you bring in a carry-on?
Be aware that carry-on liquids are the downfall of many well-intended travellers. Nothing is more discouraging than having brand new bottles of cologne or luxury shampoo and conditioner be confiscated at security because they are over the allowance.
Double-check with the airline as most only allow 100ml or less for liquids. If you are bringing liquids, help make the process go more quickly and smoothly. Put no more than a few items in a clear plastic bag and have them readily accessible for inspection.
What is not allowed in carry-on luggage?
If travelling with carry-on luggage is new for you, make sure to review the regulations closely or your souvenir boomerang could end up in the trash bin at airport security. It's worth remembering that certain items are not allowed in carry-on luggage. These include flammables, firearms, flares and fireworks. So, be sure to pack with attention and finesse.
The Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) is a great place to start when embarking on any type of travel. Also, airline websites are another great source of information.
What size is a carry-on luggage?
How to secure your carry-on items?
Travel insurance is a great safeguard for this type of situation. It can help travellers get sorted if their luggage is lost or misplaced. Just keep in mind that there are coverage limitations around valuables. These items are also subject to size restrictions. So, be sure to check the details for hand luggage of your chosen airline.
Carry-on luggage is an excellent way to travel if you can make it work. Just be sure to follow the Canadian government and airline instructions closely and you’ll be flying high in no time.
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The Public Health Agency of Canada still advises against travelling for non-essential reasons. If you are still planning to travel, make sure that you are fully aware of all requirements, before leaving.
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