One-bag packing

Many airlines are charging for checked bags. If you're traveling by car, you don't want to overload the trunk, because that can affect your mileage and what you pay for gas. So what can you do to avoid paying more than you have to? Learn to pack just one bag efficiently. Here are some tips from Erica Strama of the Shops at North Bridge in Chicago.


Pick a style because of the outside pockets, which means easy access during check-in and in flight. Large bags are an absolute travel must when you are packing and traveling with just a carry-on. (Tumi from Emporium Luggage $299.99) )

Packing Techniques:

You can roll clothes that don't wrinkle

Otherwise you can to bundle your clothing together, creating a pillow-like effect keeping your clothing compact but also wrinkle and crease free.

Wrinkles are caused by the friction of the fabric, use plastic dry cleaning bags and layer them in between clothes.

If you plan to work-out or hike, another space saving tip is to pack your socks and undergarments into your shoes.

What to Bring:

First make a list and don't just throw it all in the suitcase.

Place everything out on the bed and make sure that everything can be worn more than once.

Keep to a neutral color palette and then mix in colors to add style; you can use black as you go to neutral, but it is not the only choice.

The key is to look for clothing that can do double duty in your travel wardrobe.

  • For example a shirt that can also be worn as a skirt.
  • You can even repurpose your jewelry; this long chain can be worn as a belt (Skirt/shirt from Kenneth Cole $98; Chain from Local Charm $139)
  • A black dress that can be easily dressed down or up with a chain or a belt (Dress from White House Black Market $128)
  • A pashmina scarf is easy to pack and can be used as a blanket or pillow on the plane, as a wrap, or as a way to dress-up a white t-shirt (Dress from Armani Exchange $98; Pashmina from Kenneth Cole $58)

Packing Personal Products:

Use a ready-to-go one-quart bag with all of the bottles for your own product. Make sure to only fill these up three quarters full so they don't burst in flight. (All products from Sephora; 1- quart bag $18)

Packed powders pass our carry-on test because they are compact and won't leak. ( (Bare Minerals Kit; $60)

Look for one stick makeup that takes care of your lips; eyes and cheek color, talk about efficient. (Nars 'The Multiple' $37)

Sunscreen is a must when you're traveling. Look for a purse size when you're on the go. (Peter Thomas Roth SPF 30 Sunscreen $30)

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