How To Make The Most Of Your Meagre Hand Luggage Allowance

Tricks To Overcome Carry-On Cabin Travel Luggage Allowance

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There’s a lot to be said for travelling light. No dragging a heavy case into the airport terminal, not having to worry if your luggage is going to go missing or hanging around at your destination watching those airport carousels go around and around for what feels like an eternity. 

However, with airlines getting stingy on the amount of hand luggage assigned to each person and the rules on liquids, many people feel that they’re being forced to upgrade to checked luggage as they simply can’t fit enough into their hand luggage allocation. 

But there are a few simple tips and tricks to help you make the most of that tiny hand luggage allowance, so read on to discover why you shouldn’t need to upgrade your baggage if you’re just heading off for the weekend. 

Boosting Your Baggage

With most airlines, you're entitled to take two pieces of hand luggage with a total combined weight, so long as they fit with that particular company’s cabin baggage sizes. Each airline varies, with some offering 12kg weights and some giving as little as 8kg, but this is per person and not per family. Check our cabin luggage size guide to see what your airline’s requirements are.

It doesn't matter if you’re 5 or 105 years old, you're still entitled to the same amount of hand luggage, so even if you have to carry an extra small case around the airport for a while make sure that each adult and child makes good use of their hand luggage allowance.  

Most airlines will not allow you to pool your hand luggage allowance across a party of people, so ensure that each bag is not over the limits where a weight limit applies. All limits given are for a standard economy fare.

Pack Lean 

Do you have an over--packing problem? Find out the root cause here and get some solutions to lean pac-ing before you start. Check our packing tips for packing lean. Before you pack an item, ask yourself the following questions:

1)   Have you checked the temperatures and packed by activities? For help with this have a look at our blog on tricks to packing a lot

2)   Is anyone else in your group taking the same or a similar item that I could perhaps share?

3)   Does it conform to the airline's approved cabin baggage policy?

This helps to focus your mind on what you need versus what you actually want to take and can significantly streamline your packing. Don’t forget, you can save vital space and weight by buying toiletries when you arrive at your destination. 

Pack Smart & Snag The Ideal Cabin Bag

It's tempting to try and cram in as much stuff as you can into your cabin approved bag, this is ok as long as it doesn’t lead to bringing items that never get used or worn. Pack smart by using our deceptively big JamPac® backpack/holdall specifically designed with tricking airline measurements in mind and use our LeanPac®System Combination Bundles to pack the items you'll need for each day to stop yourself going overboard with unnecessary things.

 The LeanPac® System suite of products for lean and efficient packing travellers

The LeanPac® System suite of products for lean and efficient packing travellers

As these clever packing aids come with mesh sides, its easy for airport staff to inspect the contents without disturbing your packing and you can arrive at your accommodation knowing that every morning all you'll need to do is reach for that day's packing cube and you’re good to go! 

 

Tags: hand luggage, cabin luggage packing tips, airport luggage allowances