I couldn’t believe it when I heard of people being able to pack everything they needed for a 2 week holiday into just their hand luggage. I didn’t think it was possible, but I have seen it done so I gave it a try and decided to give you some tips on how to pack all your belongings into your carry case! Just think, you don’t have to wait around for your luggage to come through those annoyingly slow conveyor belts and the airline can’t lose your bag because you will have it with you the whole time! Bonus!
- Check the airlines measurements for hand luggage restrictions. Each airline will not only have a weight allowance but also measurements. Sometimes you are pretty lucky and they won’t even look at your hand luggage but other times they can be very strict and check everything down to the detail. You will need to find a bag that will fit into these measurements. Remember if you get one with a suitcase styled handle then that will add to the weight so the best thing, is to get one with straps so you can wear as a backpack. Shoulder strap bags are annoying and heavy when just on one shoulder so the best thing is to get a backpack style to even out the weight.
- Only take two types of shoes. The heaviest is to be worn and the other pair should be a pair of jandals or sandals. For men, wear sneakers and then take jandals or boat shoes. The plus with taking a pair of boat shoes or sandals is that you can wear them out if you are wanting to have a night on the town as well. Jandals you may have a problem with because they aren’t as dressy.
- If your packing everything into just your hand luggage you will not have room to be stylish and plus that is not what travelling is about anyway! Make sure you pick simple clothes. Think practical and maybe don’t bring that jumpsuit you have worm once. If you desperately stink and don’t have enough clothes to see you through your holiday then usually the hostel/hotel you are staying at can organize for your laundry to be cleaned!
- Get back down to the basics in terms of grooming. You don’t need to take nail files, eyebrow pluckers and fake eyelashes. Get back to the basics and only take necessities. Change out makeup to tinted moisturizer which will give you basic coverage. If you need to take shampoo and conditioner use your conditioner as a body wash as well then that is one less bottle you have to take. As you will just be taking hand luggage you will only be allowed to pick a certain amount of liquids so think wisely what you need.
- Give yourself an allowance for buying things like shavers and other grooming needs if you absolutely need them. You will not able allowed to take shavers or scissors so give yourself a bit of money to buy the things you can’t take in your hand luggage. Buy the cheapest you can because you will just have to throw these out at the end anyway.
If worst comes to worst and you end up buying too much crap then just wear everything you can to the airport. Makes for good entertainment and an even better photo! Just packing everything into your hand luggage might save you $50 that you can spend on something else! If you are needing help with accommodation check out Agoda and Hostelworld, they both have fantastic deals. Want to know more tips and tricks? Subscribe to my newsletter to get tips I share only via email and check out my travel resources page too!