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Even with todays travel restrictions, it is possible to go on a business trip for one to three days bringing nothing with you but your carry-on bag. Save money on checked baggage and avoid extra hassle at the airport following these simple packing steps.
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Step 1: Liquid Items

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Airline restrictions require all liquid items to follow the 3-1-1 rule: 3.4 ounces of liquid or less, 1 quart-sized clear plastic, zip-top bag, and 1 bag per person. This bag will have to go through security separate from your full carry-on bag. Look for travel-sized items such as toothpaste, hair gel, deodorant, etc. Also keep in mind that many hotels offer some of these items for free.
Not all items in the plastic bag have to be liquid. It is also convenient to put other travel-sized objects in this bag to stay organized, including a travel toothbrush and other necessities.

Step 2: Medication

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Keep all medication, prescription and non-prescription, in its original packaging.

Step 3: Plastic Bag

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Put all of these aforementioned necessities in the plastic bag. When packing this bag, it should be placed at the top of your carry-on for easy access through security (refer to step 15).

Step 4:

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Don’t forget folders, a cell phone and charger, computer with all necessary cords, planner, etc. Since these are the documents that are necessary to perform your tasks, make sure they are placed I quality folders to prevent bending or tears. 
Headphones can be particularly nice for long trips to drown out exterior noises. Even if you choose not to listen to music, certain headphones specifically are noise-reducing to allow for a more peaceful flight.

Step 5: Clothing

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This is the key to successful carry-on packing. For a short business trip, wear your work jacket/blazer, belt, shirt, and shoes on the flight. The jacket and shoes are the biggest space-takers.

The rest of the clothing will use a rolling technique. The first example is underwear. Fold in half once. Then roll tightly. The rolling saves space and reduces wrinkles.