Travelling with hand luggage only is favoured by passengers who want to reduce wait time at the airport and avoid additional fees. However, it’s not always quite so straightforward, with many airlines enforcing hand baggage restrictions including both weight and size.
With each airline employing their own, unique set of rules, it can be hard to ensure your bag will make it on board without affecting your wallet. Luckily, one lightweight luggage pro has spoke with Express.co.uk to share his tips on how to avoid adding excess to your cabin bag.
Matt Bagwell, co-founder of SEVENFEETAPART, says that the baggage journey should start at home. “Plan ahead, he suggests.”
“Lay out everything that you think that you’ll need to take and then ask yourself, “Am I really going to need this?” In a recent survey of our customers, 62% said that they packed too much when they travelled. So when you survey the piles on the floor, consider what you can jettison.”
Passengers should also check with their chosen airline to make sure they are in-the-know about how their cabin bag restrictions.
While easyJet boasts no cabin weight restriction, but a strict size guide of 56 x 45 x 25 cm, Ryanair dutifully limit passengers to bags no heavier than 10kg. These limitations will change across the board depending on your chosen airline, so be sure to check before packing.
If weight is a concern, Matt has his own way of bypassing the limit.
He explains: “My suggestion is to wear the weight. So if there is a heavy coat, jacket, jeans or pair of shoes that you absolutely must take with you, as long as it’s comfortable and doesn’t restrict you, wear it on the plane.”
He also points out that there is one item that tends to tip passengers over the scales; shoes.
“As a shoedog, I would say this; focus on your footwear. Ideally limit the pairs you take as they contribute a lot to the overall packing weight you’ll carry.”
Source: Daily Express UK