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How to pack the perfect carry-on for your next weekend getaway

Photograph: Courtesy BASE

Planning a weekend getaway? Fight the temptation to check a bag. “Nothing feels more liberating than zooming past the crowded luggage carousel at the airport,” says Bruce Cannella, cofounder and owner of BASE the popular men’s lifestyle shop in Wynwood. We couldn’t agree more, so we grilled the globe-trotter for tips on traveling light.

1. Maximize space. Be sure your carry-on luggage complies with airline regulations. Opt for a bag with double-sided compartments like the Herschel Supply Co. Trade carry-on ($150), which meets the size requirement and gives you more space. Combine this piece with a personal item, such as a backpack or tote, for easy access to your ID, laptop, reading material and snacks.

2. Think multipurpose. Choose interchangeable pieces for added versatility in your wardrobe. Wrinkle-free pieces, like what you’ll find in Nanamica’s Alphadry collection, are ideal for day-to-night dressing.

3. Fold like a pro. Choose a hard surface, and start by folding items as you would typically see in retail stores. Fold in the arms of a shirt, the body in half and then once more until you have a rectangular shape (about the size of a large pencil case). Make sure pants are folded down to the same size as shirts, and neatly stack items in piles before packing.

4. Make it a puzzle. Place the stacks of folded rectangles in your luggage on their sides, like books on a shelf, as opposed to packing face-up. The tightly packed rows allow extra space for a toiletry kit—and souvenirs.


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