Packing your suitcase is always a nightmare, and especially if you just want to travel with your hand luggage. You have to be extremely well-organised and prepared, "just in case": just in case it rains, or if it's cold, or if there's a heat wave, in case I get dirty, or my shoes hurt my feet... just in case! Okay, so that's enough! We want to give you some tips to help you pack only what you really need so it doesn't look like you're bringing the whole house with you on holiday!
- First, it's very important to find out beforehand your airline's size and weight allowance. If your luggage doesn't meet these requirements, you'll have to check it in. If you're flying with more than one airline, make sure that your bag meets the requirements of all of them.
- Check the number of items you can take into the cabin. If you're flying with Vueling, for example, you can bring a smaller bag as well as your hand luggage.
- Check the weather forecast for your holiday destination. This will help you to decide what to pack.
- Make a list of everything you need to bring. Be realistic – only include what you really need.
- Get an outfit ready for every day. You can grab a couple of extra things, but don't go overboard! We always end up packing more than we actually need.
- Lay it all out on your bed, so you can check whether you've got everything on the list.
- Pack your suitcase in order: put heavy things at the bottom and leave your more delicate garments on top.
- Leave some room in your suitcase for the journey back. You'll be glad you did after you go shopping on holiday!
- Here's a tip: Wear your bulkiest items when you fly, so you'll have more space in your bag.
- Depending on the length of your flight, the best and most convenient option is to check in your baggage. If you check in online, you'll save money, and if you're travelling with someone else, you can share a suitcase.
- If you're travelling with an infant, remember to check the luggage conditions of the airline operating the flight. If you're flying with Vueling, you can check in up to two pieces of baby equipment free of charge (pushchair, cradle, cot or booster seat, excluding car seat).
There's no excuse not to pack properly now! Do you reckon you'll manage to pack only what you need next time you fly?