3 Tips to Fly Light

In this era of cheap air travel, the idea of being able to jump on a plane for a getaway has never been easier to put into practice. Because it is so easy to book flights online we can now enjoy the reality of jetting off on a moment's notice.

However, many people can get hung up on the preparation and packing for going away – and this can often spoil the enjoyment and give rise to stress. The whole idea of choosing what to take with you then fitting it all in the right bag can be time-consuming and even lead to arguments.

That's before you even get to the question of how big a bag your airline allows and how much extra it might end up costing you.


Carry On


The best solution is to travel light and take only hand luggage with you. There are many advantages to doing this and with some easy tips you can make the most of it, have less stress and save yourself money.

Sizes


Low cost airlines have revolutionised short haul travel but they also usually charge more for luggage allowances and for a longer trip the last thing you want is to be laden down with lots of baggage.

If you can get away with just having carry on hand luggage then you'll save yourself money and miss out on the long waits at the luggage carousel at your destination airport, allowing you to whizz through the arrivals hall and be the first in the queue for a cab.

However, it is extremely important to make sure you know the exact dimensions that are allowed for carry on luggage by the specific airline you're travelling on. Different carriers have varying restrictions on size and weight so there definitely isn't a ‘one size fits all' approach you can take.

Pack Carefully


To travel light and make the most of your hand luggage allowance it is important that you don't take too much. Think about what you really need for the weather at your destination and take co-ordinated clothes you can mix and match in different combinations so as not to overpack.

You can use several tricks and tips in the way that you actually pack your bag, such as "fold and roll" where you make sure that all the available space is used in the best possible way. Heavy items can be folded as alternating layers and the spaces between bigger items can be used to hold smaller items such as socks and underwear.

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