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Learning to Travel Light

No need to cough up the latest airline baggage fee. Here's how to stuff an entire business trip under the seat.

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This story appears in the June 2010 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

In April, managed to tick off the world when it announced a $45 charge for luggage in the overhead compartment. Yes, Spirit is just one small carrier, but how long before this gouge becomes as standard as the one for checked baggage?

Clearly, it's time to get entrepreneurial with that under-the-seat . Is it possible to stuff a weeklong business trip into the last free zone? Doug Dyment, creator of OneBag.com, a website devoted to traveling light, says yes: "I can pack a six-month trip into my , which always goes under standard aircraft seats," he brags. Underseat dimensions are roughly 21-by-16-by-8 inches, enough space for a bag containing three or four nice outfits, a week's worth of underwear and socks, along with a couple of pairs of shoes and accessories.

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