Fed up with waiting for your luggage at the carousel, don’t want the added hassle of lugging heavy cases around, or even the prospect of unpacking it all at the end of your trip? Well… don't worry we've pulled together our top tips for travelling with hand luggage to help you travel light.
1.Understand cabin luggage allowance
Save yourself a whole lot of baggage stress when boarding by checking dimensions and weight restrictions before you travel. Check out our comprehensive guide to hand baggage sizes and weight restrictions.
2. Buy the perfect cabin bag
With restrictions differing per airline, it’s not only important to have the correct size of bag but also one that will suit your travel needs. If you’re a fan of weekend getaways then a lightweight rucksack may be the best option. If you’re on a longer trip you may prefer a bag with wheels to take the weight off your shoulders. If you’re struggling for ideas then don’t worry our carry-on guide includes tips from frequent flyers to help you find the right bag.
3. Debunk on toiletries
If you are staying in a hotel find out what is provided in the room and decide if this is all you need, you might find all you have to pack is a toothbrush and toothpaste. If the place you are staying in doesn’t provide such luxuries, find out where the nearest supermarket or chemist is, you might find you can buy all you need once you are there … and sometimes cheaper than the UK prices. For any toiletries that you must take from home, make sure you decant (where possible) into 100ml reusable bottles. Don’t forget containers must be carried in a single, transparent, re-sealable plastic bag, which holds no more than a litre and measures approximately 20cm x 20cm.
4. Book vs Kindle vs Smartphone
It’s no secret that books = weight and also = space. Whilst a Kindle is a great alternative, why not consider using your smartphone and download books to there instead. Saving more space as a phone can be kept in your pocket.
5. Make use of ’empty’ spaces such as shoes
When it comes to packing, you need to make use of every little space you can. Roll tops/underwear/socks and other small items and stuff them into your shoes to make sure every possible space is filled.
6. To avoid stains – pack light coloured clothes inside out and put disposable shower caps over your shoes
Ever packed light clothes and found a stain on them when you arrived? Never have this problem again. Firstly, you should always make sure your light coloured clothes are packed inside out, and secondly keep the disposable shower caps you find at hotels and use them to cover the base of your shoes.
7. Roll clothes and use vacuum compression bags/packing cubes
To save space and stop creasing, roll your clothes instead of folding them, then place them in vacuum compression bags. To use these bags, you put your clothes in, seal the bag, then squeeze the air out. This will leave you with lots more space in your suitcase and will prevent creases more effectively than folding. Another good packing solution idea is packing cubes – these help separate your different items and access things more quickly. Vacuum bags come in all sorts of sizes which will comfortably fit inside cabin luggage.
8. Don’t forget what can’t be carried in hand luggage
It’s important to remember that there are still restrictions on what can be carried onboard and some are quite surprising, for example did you know tent pegs are banned (something to know if heading to a festival) and multi lighters are also banned. For more banned onboard insights check out our top tips.
9. Plan ahead
Think carefully about what you need vs what you want to take. Plan each day and night and think about how an item can have a multipurpose across the week. Synthetic materials are light, easy to pack and would dry quickly if washed. Consider packing a travel detergent so you can wash and re wear when needed. Make sure your detergent is within the 100ml liquid limit allowed on flights.
Try to wear your bulkier items of clothing on the plane, and use your pockets as additional storage space.
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