At Eagle Creek, we've been obsessed with making lighter and lighter bags since the day we opened our doors. We're all travelers here. We know the “joy” of sprinting from Gate A3 to Gate Q36 to make a connecting flight.
We know every inch, ounce and pound counts. After years of experience, we’ve learned a few things that help make traveling light easier.
1. The key to a great piece of gear is light as a feather but tough enough to handle security and bag handlers
One of our favorite bags for lightweight travel is the EC Adventure Upright 22. This bag checks in at an amazing 7lbs. 2oz. It's one of the lightest wheeled uprights in the world. But it's also one of the mightiest. It's built with 600D Poly Ripstop, 600D Helix™ Oxford, and 1260D Helix™ Ballistic. It has a rugged kick plate, and at 22 inches, meets most U.S. airline carry-on requirements.
2. Bulky clothes are heavy and take up too much room - two things to avoid at all costs
Leave the cable knit sweaters at home and instead pack layers of lightweight clothes. Color coordinate so you have multiple options and use accessories to jazz up your outfits. You'll ultimately stay warmer, have more choices, and save both space and weight inside your gear. Plus, by packing layers you’ll have more options and the flexibility to mix and match depending on the weather, occasion, and your ever-changing wardrobe preferences.
3. While it can be enticing to pack your bags as full as can be, it’s usually better to go lighter
Most U.S. airlines allow 40 pounds for a carry on bag and 50 pounds for a checked bag. Most airlines now have fees for a second bag, with the exception of a few, such as Southwest. It’s a good idea to check directly with your airline before heading to the airport. Like everything else about travel, the rules are much stricter now. And a lot of times, luggage is weighed at the check-in counter - and some airports even have bag "sizers." If you're over the limit, chances are you'll rack up some unexpected fees.
4. Embrace minimalism
Think hard about whether or not you really need something before it gets a coveted space in your suitcase. Whatever you put in there has to be lugged everywhere you go. Yep, that's right, every step of the way you'll be feeling those extra three outfits you packed "just in case." When push comes to shove, usually people find they would rather enjoy their trip without having to lug heavy luggage around, and those couple of extra things don't tend to make the difference between a good trip and a bad trip. Plus, the less you bring, the more you can bring home!
But seriously, practically minimalism is also just a good exercise for most people. With life in perspective, you'll be able to focus on packing the things you truly need for traveling.