You know you won’t need half the stuff in your suitcase. The next time you travel, pack lighter and pack smarter. Here’s how.
“There are only two types of luggage,” says Doug Dyment. “Carry-on luggage and lost luggage.”
Dyment is a former computer technician and creator of OneBag, a travel blog that offers advice on what and how to pack. His perspective on single-bag travel is evangelical, and his commandments are based on the simple premise that a bit of forethought can alleviate the stress of packing, getting through the airport and navigating unfamiliar terrain with unwieldy luggage.
While the nightmare of waiting at baggage claim as the empty carousel spins and spins is enough to send most business travelers straight to a carry-on-only policy, consider this: A 2008 report from the Transportation Security Administration reveals that in a three-year period nearly 42,000 travelers have reported items as lost from their luggage at an estimated value of more than $31 million. Common items reported missing includes medicine, laptops, clothing and jewelry.