Long check in and customs lineups, cancelled flights and lost baggage and delays and additional fees. Travelling light, including only packing a carry-on is becoming quite popular these days.
With this is mind, the travel experts at Airport Parking Reservations have compiled the ultimate guide to packing and travelling with a carry-on, with a helpful list of dos and don’ts.
• Put all liquids in a clear zip bag: You will need to transfer your liquids into the airport-provided bags once at security, so make sure your toiletries are at the top of your bag and easily accessible. That way, you won’t be rummaging around your neatly packed bag to find items like your lipgloss, medications, or hand sanitizer. Grab a couple of extra clear bags for next time too! IMPORTANT: Only 1 bag is permitted per traveller
• Double check weight and size restrictions: We’re always triple checking the weight of our hold luggage to avoid extra fees, but some airlines weigh and measure your carry-on. The standard weight and size limits for international flights are about 7kg or 15.5lbs and 56cm x 36cm x 23cm or 22” x 5.5” x 9”. To maximize space, choose a softshell bag with multiple compartments and pockets, or invest if you’ve not already got one.
• Be the first on the plane: If you are near the end of the queue when it comes to boarding, your carry-on bag may not fit in the overhead compartment meaning you will have to store it under your seat or it could be put into checked luggage. This could result in endless waiting at the other end to retrieve your bag. Consider buying priority boarding ahead of time to make sure you’ll be first on the plane and save time.
• Roll your clothes: To fold or to roll is the age-old question, but we find that rolling is the best space-saving method. Clothes stack much easier when rolled, and if rolled tightly, creases are also avoidable. An alternative here would be to invest in packing cubes. They help you keep items separated and compact.
• Charge all your electronics fully: The last thing you want to be doing after spending hours packing your bag as tight and neat as possible is rummaging around for a charger. Avoid this hassle by ensuring all devices are at 100% before departing. It is also wise to pack electronics such as straighteners and laptops at the top of the case as you may need to get these out at security.
• Wear your largest items while travelling: We’re talking winter coats, big boots, hats, and even an extra pair of underwear.
• Pack versatile items: Make sure to pack things that can have multiple uses, for example, a scarf could be used as a blanket or an accessory.
• Buy things when you get there: Many everyday essentials, such as sun cream, sunglasses, and sunhats, will be available at your destination. So why not save space, and consider purchasing these out there?
• Go digital: Make the most of any available switches to digital devices such as ebooks, digital boarding passes, and any other important documents. This way they are easily accessible and won’t take up extra room in your bag.
• Pack liquids above 100 ml: Even if you only have half of a 200 ml product remaining, you still cannot carry this in your hand luggage. Liquids must be contained in containers of 100 ml or less. Make sure liquids are kept at the top of the bag or in an easily accessible pocket so that you’re not holding up the queue at security.
• Pack meat, fruit, or other agricultural items: If you are wanting to bring any similar items, make sure to declare them to avoid potential prosecution.
• Pack any sports equipment: Even if it’s just a tennis racket, most sports equipment cannot be taken on as carry-on luggage. If you are planning on participating in any sports while away, plan ahead and hire some equipment out there.
• Pack powders more than 350 ml: First liquids, now powders? Yes, we now have to be wary of how much powder we’re bringing onto the plane – things like baby powder and dry shampoo. Women should double-check makeup bags before flying.