At one time only flight attendants and pilots could be seen wheeling their miniature versions of the suitcase through airport terminals on their way to the next flight, while guests would have smaller bags only for passports, business essentials and their favorite book.

The face of travel has changed and for today’s savvy traveler, the carry on bag has graduated to an essential item for efficient and enjoyable excursions.

Travel Luxuriously with a Well Packed Carry On Bag

A well packed carry on makes for a smooth flight and means you can hit the ground running once you land. Many companies have designed luxury bags and totes specifically to meet the stringent carry on guidelines of airline companies while maintaining a chic and stylish appearance. Although they may present a decided investment up front, the quality and long lasting style are worth every penny. Companies like Coach and Maxwell Scott offer luxurious, beautifully crafted travel bags that will last longer than your passport. And with a well packed carry on you don’t have to wait in long line ups to retrieve your bags or go through the dismay of lost luggage at the beginning of your holiday.

Travel To Go: Travel Sized Carry On Toiletries

One concern for many is leaving favorite personal care items at home due to size restrictions with airline companies. Thanks to innovative companies, many hair and skin care lines now offer travel size options that will pass through airport security. This includes items like perfume, skin cream and hair care. And if you can’t find a small enough size Bobby Brown Cosmetics and Clear Bag Systems now offer small travel size ‘to go’ containers perfect for squeezing your night cream or conditioner into.

Essentials for Style and Comfort

Having a warm throw that doubles as a shawl is essential for warmth and comfort on longer flights. Reading material helps time pass and an iPod for music or movies is great for entertainment. All these easily fit into a smaller purse or bag leaving room in your carry on for personal effects. In fact, a well packed carry on bag can easily hold a number of carefully chosen outfits, toiletries, shoes and other essentials. There is clothing designed for travel that won’t wrinkle or crease and many options for smaller travel bags that hold personal care items and jewelry.

Once you’re efficient at packing the essential carry on it will be effortless to be ready at a moments notice when the chance for a romantic weekend away is offered or a last minute trip to the tropics is just too good to pass up.

Bon Voyage!

By Lee Anne Michayluk