"One of the simplest but often overlooked packing tips is to put heavier items at the bottom of your suitcase, meaning the short end where the wheels are—it’s easier to roll a bag through long airport hallways when the weight is down there," one expert advises. "Flight attendants put shoes and toiletries there, and it makes a surprising difference during in-airport transit."
Chargers are a travel necessity, so flight attendants use this handy tip to ensure they don't take up valuable space: "Pack a small outlet extender, one that makes one outlet turn into three with USB charge ports, which eliminates the need for extra plugs and chargers," one insider says. "Then you can just bring the USB cords and not all the cumbersome plugs."
Regardless of your flight destination, frequent fliers swear by one carry-on essential: a large scarf. "Drape [it] over your shoulders if it is chilly, or use it as a blanket or rolled up pillow on the plane," says a flight attendant.
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