You know that you don't want to pay to check a bag, nor do you want the hassle of having to wait at baggage claim until you see your luggage. So carry-on it is. Once you've made that decision, though, the rest is all about efficiency and skill.
Luxury travel agency network Virtuoso and CNN Money put together a great set of tips to make sure you're getting the most out of your carry-on.
First off, you'll need to pick the right bag. The best choice is a backpack since it has lots of different compartments. If, however, your carry-on is a supplement to a suitcase, you could also look for a bag that will attach to the luggage so you don't have to carry it the whole time.
Then you'll need to decide what clothing to put in the carry-on. For men, Virtuoso suggests bringing a hoodie both for warmth and to block out light. You'll also want to bring a pair of socks so that you don't have to go through security barefoot and you have the option of taking off your shoes mid-flight.
For women, Virtuoso suggests bringing a pashmina, which can function as a blanket or a way to block out light. Another item that can save your life is fold-up ballet flats, which can easily slip in your bag as a welcome relief from your business heels.
Another thing to remember when packing your carry-on is to maintain top-notch organization. For instance, instead of carrying around pill bottles, combine them all into one pill box. Similarly, place all your chargers and cords in one packing cube, and organize your toiletries in clear bags so you can easily access the products you need.
Lastly, you'll want to add in a few other items to make sure your flight is smooth and relaxing. Throw in some noise-cancelling headphones to block out the screaming babies, bring a portable charger lest your phone battery die mid-travels, and carry some wipes to stay clean and germ-free.
As long as you plan properly, the carry-on bag can be a lifesaver for those taxing business flights.