Don’t you hate it when you find a cheap flight to Europe, only to find out that the price is much higher if you add the checked baggage option?
If you want to fly cheap, skip the baggage carousel, and avoid the risk of losing your checked bags altogether, we have a few TikTok tips to get you through your next trip faster.
TikTokers Kayleen Kelly and Michelle Gonzalez have some of the best packing tips you can find anywhere on the web, and you can’t go wrong with their top air travel hacks.
Kelly is a professional organizer who often offers tips on how to make your everyday life more efficient. One of her top videos is an incredible rundown of travel hacks that could transform your next trip.
Gonzalez is a travel influencer and also has plenty of tips that she shares on her TikTok account @laxtoluxury.
Here’s the best advice these two have to offer!
Tip #1: Pack one room at a time
Kelly says you should always go from room to room doing a bunch of things you need to do. So, in the washroom, you pack your toiletries. Then move on to the kitchen and stock up on your prescriptions and travel meds. You pack your clothes from your bedroom and so on and so on.
Tip #2: Stack up for the plane
It’s a good idea to wear lots of layers on the plane to save space, says Kelly.
Carry your thickest shoes and jacket to the airport so they don’t take up too much space in your hand luggage.
Tip #3: Play Tetris with your clothes on
When packing, use a combination of rolling and folding your clothes to fit as much as possible in your bag.
“I make the best use of my space by rolling and folding the items,” says Kelly. “It’s like a Tetris puzzle.”
Tip #4: Use compression pack cubes
Compression packing cubes are small square bags that you can pack things into and compartmentalize your carry-on. They squeeze things in and allow you to use up every inch of your bag.
Kelly called them a “key player” in their carry-on packing game, and it’s a great way to keep things organized while maximizing the space you have in your luggage.
“You’re a game changer,” says Kellys.
Gonzalez also swears by her and addresses her in the first part of her series on efficient packing.
“Get a set of packing cubes. Everyone recommends them for a reason, and if you don’t have a set, don’t optimize the valuable space you have in your carry-on,” Gonzalez says in her video, which has nearly 1 million views.
Tip #5: Stack things
Gonzalez proposes put things in a pile based on category, such as shirts, bottoms, shoes, etc.
This way, if a stack seems to have too many things, you can spot and then remove excess items and avoid overpacking.
So you don’t forget anything important and you have all the important things in mind.
Tip #6: Max out your personal item
Most flights give you a free personal item like a backpack or purse, so Gonzalez says you should do that maximize it.
Get a bag big enough to fit more of your essentials like electronics, but not too big so it won’t fit under your airplane seat.
Tip #7: Shoes!
“Pack a few but versatile shows that go with multiple outfits,” Gonzalez shares in a video.
Finally, like Kelly, she recommends wearing the bulkiest of shoes, even on the plane, to free up space in your carry-on.
Hopefully these tips will help you on your next trip and you won’t have to deal with the hassle of a lost bag!
Before you set off, check out our responsible travel guide to help you be informed, safe, smart and most importantly, respectful on your adventure.