As unprecedented airport mayhem continues to affect travellers, a travel expert has revealed just how to embrace the "carry-on only" baggage craze.
Many seasoned travellers think it's the only method to guarantee you won't be separated from your suitcases when leaving on vacation. The trend has gained popularity as a result of an enormous increase in lost or delayed baggage.
After international travel regulations started to loosen in 2021, the baggage crisis started. Since then, it has only gotten worse, with up to 30% of travellers reporting misplaced or delayed luggage.
Tom Walley, from Flight Centre's Corporate Traveller division, shared with FEMAIL how both business and vacation travellers can fit all they need in their cabin baggage.
As "airports throughout the world progressively return to normal efficiency levels," he forecasts that turmoil will last until the end of the year, "at minimum."
But also thinks that if they pack wisely, most travellers can avoid checking a bag.
The baggage allowance for your travels is one of the most crucial factors to take into account; certain airlines permit passengers to bring a large carry-on bag in addition to a personal bag.
Others impose a bag limit or weigh the personal bag, which may cause clients to exceed it.
The smallest, most common cabin bag size is 55 by 35 by 20 cm, weighing roughly 7 kg.
The smallest permitted size on both domestic and international flights is considered in Tom's suggestions below.
1 - Reserve a hotel with a nice selection of amenities.
Shampoo, conditioner, and skincare products may exceed your airline's "liquid allowance" because they take up a lot of space. You can avoid having to go shopping when you arrive by booking a hotel with a wide selection of items.
2 - Cut back on technology
Bring a thin, portable laptop or tablet with you on your trip. Consider digital copies that are saved on a device, USB drive, or the cloud if you need to bring hard copies of presentations, contracts, training manuals, or other data. Arrange to have these printed at the hotel where you are staying. Another option for storing your reading materials for flights is a Kindle. They weigh no more than 188g, have a charge that can last weeks, and are perfect for storing massive data.
Pack things with several uses.
Keep your wardrobe neutral and business-casual so that it may easily transition into different settings. Take loungewear you can use for sleep and on international flights. You may easily transition the same clothes from day to night and from work to play by packing three shirts for every bottom.
Don't squander any space.
Smaller valuables can be ingeniously concealed inside larger ones when being packed. Jewelry or phone chargers, for instance, could be kept in a shoe or a coat pocket. Clothing should be rolled tightly to facilitate packing more efficiently and avoid creases. However, some seasoned travellers like folding clothing and prevent creases by inserting tissue paper between each fold to keep things tidy.
5. Dress bulkily while flying
Jackets, pants, and hiking boots are examples of bulky, heavy things that take up too much room and weigh too much to fit in your carry-on luggage. It is a good idea to wear these items on the plane if you must bring them. If your jacket has a secure zipper, you can also use it to store loose items like wallets, passports, and writing instruments. For hanging jackets, hooks are frequently provided on aeroplane seats.
6 - 20 % lessen your luggage
Once you've planned what you want to bring, aim to cut it by 20% so you have room to add other items, like souvenirs, later.
Buy more carry-on luggage.
A limit of 14kg in additional carry-on luggage is permitted by several airlines. This is a fantastic alternative for travellers who find it difficult to pack lightly, have several activities or trips, and don't want to take the chance of losing anything. He points out that purchasing additional baggage online is always less expensive than doing it at the airport.