Pack Like a Pro: Learn How We Got All This into ONE Carry-on

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56 Comments

  • […] luggage fees, no wrinkles, more stuff. Learn how to properly pack a suitcase. Check out Pack Like a Pro: Learn How We Got All This into ONE Carry-on on […]

  • Reply May 12, 2015

    Dan McKeown

    Ironically I am reading this an airport and kicking myself. LOL. I have another trip coming up soon and will have to put this advice to use.

    • Reply May 12, 2015

      Dan McKeown

      Also, what are those gray shoes?

      • Reply May 13, 2015

        Chris Moore

        I’m not sure, but I’m getting a Johnston & Murphy vibe.

      • Reply May 21, 2018

        Canuck

        Sorry, see it’s an old post, but would you remember the brand of the tweed sports coat? Fully lined, but love the look.

  • Reply May 12, 2015

    Jimmy_Johansen

    This is such an awesome article. But I do have one issue. Why in the world would you fold your dress pants on the seams like chinos rather than on the creases? Thos pants will now need to be ironed when unpacked. Kind of defeats the purpose doesn’t it?

    • Reply May 12, 2015

      Andrew

      I’ve never had an issue with it, why would they wrinkle and chinos wouldn’t?

  • Reply May 12, 2015

    sundragon

    Where did you place the dop kit? That’s where I have the largest issue.

    • Reply May 13, 2015

      Chris Moore

      I usually mash mine into an outer pocket so I can freshen up on the road if I need to.

  • Reply May 12, 2015

    Butch_Zee

    Seems like way too much clothes to bring. Merino wool, ExOffico, and other lil tricks are your friends.

  • Reply May 12, 2015

    davis

    Traveling this weekend and plan on trying this. Thanks!!

  • Reply May 13, 2015

    tim r

    Good advice. Packing for my Honeymoon on Saturday. Nice part is I’m driving so luggage isn’t going to be a problem.

  • Reply May 13, 2015

    Stephen_P

    This article is definitely a godsend since I’m taking a 2 week vacation next month. This was right on time.

  • Reply May 15, 2015

    Bakeca Milano

    Is good to know that …

  • Reply May 17, 2015

    Tony

    Terrible. You have to unpack everything to get access to anything.

  • Reply May 18, 2015

    Dbakeca Italia

    Good advice! Thx!

  • Reply May 18, 2015

    Culturated

    Some good advice for a lazy folding/packing man like myself.Lots of technique to it though, I would need some practice! -Jackson

  • Reply May 19, 2015

    Aaron Boyles

    Going to Japan for 9 days on Thursday….is it really possible? OMG its worth a try.

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  • Reply May 19, 2015

    LiberatedJim

    If you are a midget then this will work. I am over six feet tall and my clothes will not pack in a carry on. boo hoo! 🙂

  • Reply May 20, 2015

    James Davis

  • Reply May 22, 2015

    Brian R. Croteau

    Great concept. How do guys like me with sleep apnea, who use a breathing machine at night, work THAT in? Takes up about 1/3 of your carry-on bag…

    • Reply June 26, 2015

      Barbara Martinez

      Fellow apnea sleeper, your breathing machine likely came in a bag that is marked as a medical device. You have to have the paperwork but can travel with that extra bag with most airlines.

  • […] and backpack in the lead image. (I’m generally lousy at packing efficiently, so I checked out this post from Primer, and the method worked beautifully. Thanks to the folks at LifeHacker for mentioning […]

  • Reply May 29, 2015

    russianblogger

    Or you can just use a space saver bag and you don’t need to read this post.

  • […] There are several handy tips and tricks for packing all your clothes into a small suitcase on the Internet, from rolling to super cool folding, it’s worth a look. I really like this guide: http://www.primermagazine.com/2015/learn/pack-like-a-pro-learn-how-we-got-all-this-into-one-carry-on […]

  • […] covered some other jetsetter essentials such as traveling in style and packing like a pro, so be sure to also read these posts before hitting the road or jetway for a complete view of how […]

  • Reply November 10, 2015

    gary

    I’ve done this and it works… 10 day trip to Europe and I took two coats and two jackets (i know i know.. to much stuff). But do exclude a change of clothes, it is hard to access anything in the middle of a layover.

    • Reply November 10, 2015

      gary

      forgot to mention that it was a carry-on

      • Reply November 10, 2015

        Andrew

        Awesome!! Glad it worked for you! Thanks for reporting back.

  • Reply September 5, 2016

    Jaana Rosenberg

    HI! Just wanted to give heads up, I linked this post to my blog posts about Packing. This is fantastic!

    have a great Fall!

    – Jaana / http://www.destinationvacation.us

  • Reply August 1, 2017

    PinTours & Travel

    Some would say NOT to pack all your clothes in one suitcase. What if your luggage goes missing? I myself would pack a small suitcase with non-essentials and one as carry-on with the more important stuff. Just my opinion.

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