Some people are totally fine checking bags. They enjoy the cultural anthropology that is airport baggage claim and prefer to breeze through airports with nothing but the shirts on their backs. And for these people, the holidays don’t present much of a challenge other than making sure none of their gifts get broken in transit.
But for the carry-on-only crowd, flying this time of year can be especially perplexing. How does one fit a week’s worth of cold-weather clothes into a carry-on already jammed with presents for the whole family? And how do I get all my presents back home afterwards? Well, we chatted with Juan Phillips, Design Director at TravelPro luggage, who’s been designing bags for packing efficiently his whole career. And he shed some light on packing light for the holidays.