Unlike travelers who loathe slapping down extra cash for baggage fees, I am thankful for them. Yes, thankful. It’s as if the airlines were speaking to me when they began charging for those checked bags. They were saying to me, “Jennifer, stop packing so many shoes.” You call it an inconvenience. Nickel and diming. Poor customer service. I call it tough love. Really, do you need anything more than a carry-on bag? I’m currently on a 10-day trip that includes stops in San Diego, Phoenix and Dallas, and I say, “No checked bag needed.”
Kelly Vrtis, resident packing guru at The Container Store, would agree that you don’t need anything more than a carry-on bag — if you create a plan and invest in products that make packing easier. I asked Kelly to share her top packing tips with readers, and here’s what she tells us.