How to cope with a hand luggage allowance

How to cope with a hand luggage allowance

If you are going away, it can seem incredibly intimidating if you can only take hand luggage with you. If you are prone to over packing anyway, you might resign yourself to the fact that you are going to have a lot of extra fees to pay for your increased luggage allowance, making your budget flight suddenly a lot more expensive. But, with some simple packing tips, it is possible to pack for a two-week holiday, with just a hand luggage allowance.

Hand LuggageAlthough it can seem like a near impossible mission to pack for a holiday with just a hand luggage allowance, there are a number of different advantages. It is a lot easier to travel with just one small suitcase or bag. Not only that, but there is a smaller chance of your luggage getting lost, damaged or stolen as it will be with you the whole time. It is also cheaper, as you can avoid extra luggage charges, as you do not have to check any luggage in, and quicker as you can avoid all of the lengthy check in queues, as well as giving you the option of checking in online so you can simply head straight through to security. It is also quicker when you arrive at your destination, as you do not have to wait at the carousel for your bag to appear, you can simply walk off the plane and straight out of the airport.

One of the most important things to consider when travelling with just hand luggage is to ensure that you have chosen the right bag. With more travellers choosing the hand luggage option, more suppliers are making more choices when it comes to suitable bags. At BagsDirect, we have a huge selection of carry-on bags in varying sizes to suit most airlines. Please do note though that some airlines do have different size requirements, so it is very important to check yours prior to travelling to ensure that you do not get stung with charges. Also, it is important to think about the style of case that you choose. Soft sided bags are more flexible, making it easier to stuff it into overhead bins, and are also lighter, which gives you more weight for your items, but require you to carry them, as opposed to carry on suitcases, which are easier to transport, but often have a hard outer shell, which means that they can sometimes by tricky to fit into the overhead luggage storage. Think about what you are doing on your trip, and whether it will require you to carry your luggage around a lot before deciding on the best style for you.

Once you have chosen the right bag, you have the harder part of actually having to pack it. Before you start just shoving unnecessary items into your case make a personal list of all the essential items. Think about your last trip away, where the likelihood is that you over packed, and remove the items that you did not use. If you are staying in a hotel, make use of the facilities that they have available, such as hair dryers, and coat hangers. These are bulky items that you can remove, leaving you more room to pack the essentials. Instead of planning a different outfit for each day, try and plan a capsule wardrobe to take with you, that will still give you variety, but will require you taking fewer items. Think about versatile pieces that you can mix and match, and try and pack clothes that are made from synthetic materials, as these tend to pack better, and do not crease as easily. They also do not require washing as often as other materials. When planning your outfit for the journey, try and wear your bulkiest items, so they do not take up unnecessary space in your case. Although this might not necessarily be the most comfortable outfit to travel in, when you only have a hand luggage allowance, it is important to try and utilise the space as best as you can.

When it comes to actually putting your clothes into your suitcase, there are many different packing methods, but one known space saver is to roll your clothes instead of folding them. Whilst this will not necessarily help if you have a weight limit on your luggage; however, it will save on space. Make sure you utilise all areas as well. Stuff socks and underwear into the corners of the case, and place bulkier items or valuables in shoes. Don’t forget about the pockets on your luggage either. These are effective at storing toiletries or odd items such as phone chargers and travel documents. Keep anything that you need to access easily in these pockets.

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When it comes to toiletries, think about how long you are going for and what you are likely to need. All airlines have a limit when it comes to the amount you can carry on board, so leave anything that you know you can get out there until you arrive. This will prevent any spillages, and reduce the amount of things that you have to take with you. Also, if you are staying in a hotel, remember that most places will provide basic toiletries. The same can be said for any electrical items. Do you need to take a games console, your laptop, and your tablet, all of which have different chargers and take up a lot of room, or can you combine them all onto one device? Notebooks and tablets are considerably smaller than laptops and will take up much less room. Not only that, but they are a lot lighter. Download any travel books you want to reference onto this to avoid carrying multiple books around as well.

Instead of panicking when you see that you can only bring hand luggage onto a plane, see it as an advantage. Not only will it prevent you from lugging around things that you will never use, it saves you time and money as well. Taking fewer items also means packing fewer items when you come home, which in turn will reduce the risk of anything being left at your destination. A win win situation really. 

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