5 secret packing tips for summer travel to maximize carry-on space and minimize stress

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With the unofficial start of the summer season just around the corner, trips to the beach, the mountains, abroad or elsewhere are on the calendars of millions of Americans – and the packing lists are in full swing.

However, baggage fees for summer travel can add up, and experts say there's a better way.

Some baggage fees for major airlines threaten even the most reasonable travel budgets, so British-based managing director of 1st Move International Mike Harvey shared some tips for packing for a summer vacation with nothing but carry-on luggage.

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“Travelers are increasingly recognizing the benefits of packing a minimal travel bag, which means less stress, faster airport navigation and long-term cost savings on baggage fees,” he told Fox News Digital.

He added, “A minimal travel bag helps navigate different modes of transportation and terrain with ease.”

Mike Harvey, director of 1st Move International, revealed his top tips for traveling with hand luggage only this summer. “Packing a minimal travel bag” means “less stress,” he said. (1st move international)

Harvey said his No. 1 tip for learning how to maximize space in a carry-on is to try the Marie Kondo folding technique.

Here you will find more details and five tips.

1. Fold clothes strategically

Clothes should be folded into compact rectangles, which can then be placed upright in your bag.

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Harvey said this expert tip is a “game-changer.”

Hand luggage

Smartly packing a carry-on for summer travel this year can be accomplished using some very specific tips. (iStock)

“It not only saves space, but also makes it easier to see and access each item without ruining the rest of the arrangement,” he said in a media statement.

2. Put stuff in shoes

Harvey recommended packing several items inside your shoes in your carry-on to take advantage of that empty space.

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Items such as socks, underwear and electronics can be stuffed into shoes, Harvey said.

“This has the added benefit of helping your shoes maintain their shape while traveling,” he said.

traveler

Do you want to pack everything in one hand luggage during the summer holidays this year? An expert said shoes can be used to store small items. (iStock)

3. Layer items smartly

“Place heavier items such as shoes and toiletry bags at the bottom, followed by nearly folded clothing arranged vertically,” he said in a statement.

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Harvey said placing your belongings in a Tetris shape helps distribute the weight and prevents clothes from wrinkling while traveling.

He also recommended filling the gaps with smaller items to hold in the formation.

Man walking at the airport

Take one carry-on, an expert recommends – and “place heavier items like shoes and toiletry bags at the bottom, followed by nearly folded clothes arranged vertically.” (iStock)

4. Use vacuum bags wisely

The moving specialist also said not to sleep on vacuum bags to compress larger, bulky items in your carry-on.

“Social media users love vacuum bags to compress larger items like jackets and sweaters into flat packages,” he says.

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Although often used for storage, having a vacuum-sealed bag in your carry-on allows you to take more items with you for this year's summer vacation.

Go on and traveler

What about packaging jewelry and electronics? There are smart ways to keep these items tangle-free during any summer vacation. (iStock)

5. Invest in accessory organizers

Keeping necklaces and bracelets untangled while traveling can be a challenge for some – and packing electronics can be a challenge, too.

Buy jewelry and electronic organizers, Harvey said, to pack in a carry-on to ensure chains and wires don't get crossed.

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“Jewelry and electronic organizers help by keeping your accessories and wires tangle-free and within easy reach of each other,” he said. “So you don't have to rummage through your suitcase to find a small item,” he said.

Meanwhile, others are pausing their travel plans this summer — or driving instead of flying

Even as many people get ready to go on summer vacation this year, a recent one Fox Poll found that more than half of Americans are staying home or adjusting their travel plans to be more affordable this summer — starting with Memorial Day weekend.

Cars drive down the road with American flags raised

According to a recent Fox poll, some travelers are choosing to drive instead of fly this summer. (iStock)

High prices have “somewhat or largely” affected summer plans for the 72% who responded to the Fox survey.

“It's all kind of snowballing, so it's not just one thing that's affecting it, it's like it's all coming together – you have to look at it as one kind of package,” said Tiana Armstrong, who was planning to visit Italy with her partner. , to FOX Business.

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The Armstrongs are changing their flight plans to save money, they said — while others are changing their travel options from flying to driving.

Fox News' Olivanna Calmes contributed reporting.

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