I haven’t checked a bag in 12 years – here are my flight tricks for traveling with hand luggage only

I haven’t checked a bag in 12 years – here are my flight tricks for traveling with hand luggage only

A WOMAN who hasn’t checked a suitcase in more than a decade has revealed her best trips for traveling with only hand luggage.

Many travelers are being advised to leave their large suitcases at home due to the current travel chaos and only take hand luggage on holiday.

Reducing the amount of luggage we take on holiday can be difficult

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Reducing the amount of luggage we take on holiday can be difficultCredit: Getty

Travel expert Jennifer Weatherhead told CTV: “I think once you go carry-on, you won’t be able to go back.

“You’ll just feel so much better having all your stuff with you.

“And the more you try it, the better you get at it.”

Here are her top six tips for packing light when you fly.

1. Know the aircraft’s carrying rules

Jennifer’s number one rule is to make yourself aware of what you can and cannot bring on your flight, as each airline will have different rules.

For example, carry-on bags for Ryanair are a different size to those allowed on easyJet flights, while British Airways allows passengers to take more than one bag on board.

Bringing a bag that does not comply with the airline’s rules can lead to a costly fine.

2. Board your flight as soon as possible

Cabin crew will first bring passengers to the front of the plane, then fill towards the back, so getting a ticket for a seat near the front will allow you to be one of the first to board.

Therefore, you won’t want to look around for space in overhead bins when the plane is filled with passengers.

With limited space on the plane for storing hand luggage, some will inevitably end up having to store their checked baggage.

3. You don’t need so many shoes

Packing too many shoes is a mistake many vacationers make, according to Jennifer.

Her advice is to plan what you’re going to wear each day of your trip before you leave, that way you won’t end up taking any extra clothing with you.

Shoes are considered the worst item to overpack because they don’t fit neatly into a suitcase.

4. Cube your items when packing

Dividing your items into categories and placing them in individual bags is known as “cubing”.

This could mean putting all your t-shirts together in a separate bag, or your underwear, or whatever.

The idea is to compress your items so that they take up less space, and there are packing cubes to help you with this.

5. Check whether you have access to laundry services

If your home offers laundry, has washing machines or is close to a laundromat, you can save even more space.

By packing clothes that can be easily washed and dried, they can be reused more than others.

Jennifer recommends breathable fabrics that not only dry faster but take up less space than cotton clothing.

6. Only take toiletries you use every day

In addition to shoes, toiletries and cosmetics are things that people tend to overpack.

But with only 100ml bottles allowed, it’s important to only take the things you definitely need.

The advice is to go through everything you’re thinking of taking and discard what you don’t use every day – what’s left should fit into a small toiletry folder.

Brits are more relaxed about packing than Americans, a recent study has revealed.

And these TikTok hacks can help you make packing even easier.

Packing light is a skill, although many people try to travel carry-on only these days

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Packing light is a skill, although many people try to travel carry-on only these daysCredit: Getty

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