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How to fit everything you'll need for your business trip in a carry-on

Thursday, February 14, 2013 10:39:39 AM

With many airlines charging for checked luggage, it's more important than ever for business travelers on a budget to fit everything they'll need in a carry-on. Using one small bag will help you save on fees and eliminate time spent waiting at the baggage claim before you hop in your airport car rental. Use these tips to fit everything you'll need for your business trip into a single carry-on bag:

Roll your clothes
Tightly roll your clothing before packing. It takes up less space than folded clothing and eliminates wrinkles. As you arrange the rolls in your carry-on suitcase, tightly layer them on top of one another, placing the heaviest clothing items on the bottom.

Pack multi-purpose clothing
Only pack something if you'll wear it more than once. Versatile items like a reversible leather belt, three-piece suit and cardigan sweater are wardrobe basics that can be mixed and matched to create multiple outfits. Stick to one color scheme and rely upon accessories to differentiate each ensemble.

Wear business attire on the plane
Wearing professional business attire while flying not only saves space in your carry-on suitcase, but also ensures you'll be ready to step off the plane and head directly to your first meeting if necessary. It also increases your chances of getting a seat upgrade, according to NBC News.