When you travel as much as we do you learn a thing or two about packing. It’s sometimes tempting to throw everything in a bag and hope for the best but for only a small amount of effort we can help you get organised and make the most of your free baggage allowance.
Packing is pivotal. Forget an essential item and you’re left disappointed and scrambling to find the nearest store in your destination. Pack too much and you end up disorganized, burdened with heavy bags, and hemorrhaging money to pay for pricey airline baggage fees. So we thought it best to revisit the most basic—and most useful—packing rules.
What to pack
- Check the weather forecast for your destination and make sure you pack the right gear.
- Follow our guidance on carrying liquids, sharp objects and other restricted items to help smooth your journey through security.
- Keep medicine, money, valuables and important travel documents in easy reach in your hand baggage.
- Whether you’re a folder or a roller, group several garments together at a time when packing to reduce creasing.
- Place heavy items like shoes where they’ll be at the bottom of your bag when it’s standing upright.
- Don’t forget to leave some room for shopping! Include a lightweight folding bag if you think you might need more space on your return journey.
- Know your hand baggage allowances and checked baggage allowances – if you think you’ll need more space you can pay to take extra checked baggage.
Managing your bags
- Invest in a digital luggage scale to keep track of your baggage weight and avoid overweight charges at the airport.
- Label your bags inside and out with your name, destination address, email address and mobile number.
- Remove all tags from previous flights before you check a bag in.
- If you plan on securing your bag with a padlock we recommend a TSA-approved lock to avoid potential damage to your bag in the event that it has to be opened by baggage handlers or security inspectors.
- Secure protruding handles and loose straps on your bags to prevent snagging.
- Customise your bags (particularly black ones) with colourful straps and luggage tags to help them stand out on the carousel.