Checking your luggage is getting expensive. But can you kick the habit?

You may already be a one-bag-toting, carry-on-only, super-packing traveler. But if you’re like most people, you end up packing too much when you go on vacation. Throwing in those last-minute items can force you to check your bags… and pay the airline fees to do it.

But with the help of engineer and scientist Doug Dymen, you can train yourself to stick to your list and breeze through check-in with just one bag. Doug has done enough business and pleasure traveling in his lifetime that he decided to use his engineering skills to simplify his packing routine… becoming a devoted, one-bag man.

His site, Onebag.com, covers the whole spectrum of packing light, from creating and sticking to your packing list, to tips on doing laundry in your hotel room, to avoiding wrinkled clothing by “bundle wrapping.”

The site gives tips for choosing the right bag, too, including what to look for in a zipper, which kinds of nylon fabrics hold up best, why soft-sided luggage is better than hard-sided, and — a sensitive subject for some — why to avoid buying bags with wheels.

Check it out before you pack for your next trip: Onebag.com

[Editor’s Note: Learn more about opportunities to profit from your travels (and even from your own home) in our free online newsletter The Right Way to Travel.]

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