Many airlines love to trick our naive little money saving hearts with hidden feeds. When we see a flight that seems unbelievably cheap, we think to ourselves, “Wow, I am so good at finding cheap flights! They should call me the cheap flight expert!” And then, we show up at the airport and find out that we have to pay fifty dollars for a checked bag, thirty more to ensure that we can have a seat on the plane, and throw in an extra ten so you don’t sit by the crying baby, etc.
If you want to buy cheap flights and avoid the hidden fees you should either buy from Southwest or try to pack light and bring only a carry on. I must admit, I am the queen of packing light. So, let me help you out and give you some tips on how to keep your travel items to a minimum, and extremely compacted.
1. The first step is to buy a travel backpack that packs easily with lots of compartments and unzips fully for easy access.
2. Plan your outfits for every day so that you know exactly how much you need. No more, no less.
3. Buy clothes that are versatile: tops and bottoms that can be casual or dressed up, and then re-use the same top or bottom with a totally different look.
4. Roll or vacuum seal your clothes so that they pack really tight in your backpack.
5. Shoes can be the hardest thing to pack in a small bag, so try to find one pair that can be dressed up but are also very comfortable and easy to walk in.