We are aware that current travel restrictions make scheduling a vacation incredibly difficult. However, we are hoping that additional countries will be added to the green list in the coming weeks, and the world will begin to open up again. While social distancing and pre-departure testing will alter travel in ways that were not feasible before Covid, there are still ways to make the airport experience as stress-free as possible. One of them is to travel with only hand baggage.
There are numerous advantages to traveling with only hand luggage. For starters, dropping off a luggage at the airport does not require arriving early. When you arrive at your destination, you can easily speed through security and into a taxi – no need to waste valuable vacation time waiting at baggage reclaim. It should also save you some money.
Restricting yourself to hand luggage may seem like a daunting task – particularly if you’re going away for more than a couple of days. But with a bit of careful planning, the whole thing’s actually a doddle. Just follow our handy tips.
Choose the Appropriate Bag
Should you bring a suitcase or a backpack? Is it better to have a hard or soft shell? Because not all cabin bags are created equal, these are key factors to consider when you just have a cabin bag. Every type of luggage has pros and downsides. So, think about it carefully and choose the bag that will work best for you. It may also differ from one holiday to the next.
Consider whether you’d prefer to carry or wheel your bag if you know you’ll have to walk a significant distance with it. This decision may be influenced by your vacation destination. Wheelie bags are fine on cemented highways, but they’re a pain on grass and cobblestones. While hard shell suitcases provide extra protection, they are also heavier and will take up more of your luggage allotment.
So, if you’re not good at packing light, something squishier would be a better option. However, if you’re only allowed one piece of hand luggage onboard, it’s always a good idea to choose something with pockets, regardless of the type of bag you choose. All of your necessary belongings, including as liquids, passports, and Covid test certificates, will be readily available when you need them.
About the Size
Unfortunately, when it comes to hand luggage, there is no such thing as one-size-fits-all. Every airline prefers to follow its own set of rules. For example, Virgin Atlantic and British Airways allow passengers to bring a small personal item, such as a purse or laptop bag, in addition to a bigger cabin bag. However, many other airlines limit you to only one bag.
There’s also a lack of uniformity when it comes to the size of bag that can be used. While most airlines do not put a weight limit on carry-on luggage — the basic rule is that you must be able to hoist it into the overhead locker without assistance – a few did.If your bag is too big or heavy to fit in your carry-on, you’ll have to pay to have it put in the hold. And doing so at the airport is much more expensive than pre-booking a checked bag online. As a result, our recommendation is to constantly double-check the restrictions before flying. Even if you think you’re up to date on luggage policies, they do change from time to time. So, just in case, it’s worth checking out the airline’s website.
Make Wise Clothing Choices
When traveling with only carry-on luggage, you will be unable to bring everything you desire. As a result, you must be selective. Consider what you truly need for your vacation and only bring items that you can mix and match. It’s pointless to waste valuable suitcase room on a pair of shoes that only go with one pair of trousers – or that you’ll only wear once.
Don’t be concerned about running out of clean clothes while you’re abroad. Laundry services are available at most hotels, and washing machines are common in Airbags. Alternatively, a quick wash in the bathroom sink is always an option. And if you’re worried about being spotted in the same dress twice, rest assured that no one will notice — or care.
When you’re short on space, it’s not just about what you carry, but also about how you pack. Rolling your garments saves more space than folding them in general. There are, however, exceptions. Bulky items, such as sweaters, might take up more space when rolled. In addition, rolling can generate creases in some textiles. Depending on what you’re taking with you, you’ll probably need to combine the two procedures for the greatest results.
And if you really want to cram in as much gear as possible, you might want to invest on some packing cubes. These handy little gadgets aren’t just for compressing clothes; they’re also for organizing them.
They’ll also help you keep track of your dirty and clean garments while you’re abroad. Vacuum storage bags are another alternative. While stuffing them with everything is a little excessive, they’re great for squeezing down particularly bulky objects like coats.
For the Flight, Dress Warmly
It’s true that traveling with only hand luggage is much easier in the summer than in the winter. Swimsuits and flip flops, on the other hand, take up significantly less space than sweaters and boots. In the cooler months, though, traveling with just a cabin bag is still possible. Wear your bulkiest garments on flights to save room in your carry-on luggage. Just make sure you’re wearing something light beneath it. That way, if it gets hot onboard, you can delay instead of risking overheating.
Keep your Fluids Intake to a Minimum
We’ve all been aware of the liquid restriction since 2006, so we’re all very familiar with it. And we all know how aggravating it can be. The most difficult element of traveling with only hand luggage is trying to put a variety of liquids, all in containers no larger than 100ml, into one tiny plastic bag. But it’s not out of the question. The key is to be selective in this case. Consider what you truly need to bring – and what you can buy after you get at your vacation destination. Or even what your hotel may offer for free.
There’s no point in doubling up on stuff if you’re going on a trip with a friend. Split as many things as you can, especially if you’ll be sharing a room. For a week-long vacation, you probably won’t need two boxes of toothpaste. And, if you want to bring hand sanitizer with you – which, in this day and age, you almost certainly will – keep in mind that it must fit into your resealable plastic bag alongside all of your other liquids. If you’re really short on space, you could always use antibacterial wipes instead. They don’t count as a liquid because they’re moist, so you can carry them separately.
Smart Luggage will transcend the constraints of traditional luggage. The market is still young, and the new face of luggage has the potential to succeed. Know your luggage’s weight at all times and pack accordingly. Using the autonomous and manual modes, you can simply move the bags. The user’s safety and security would be ensured by the smart luggage. These bags, which include everything from built-in scales to GPS tracking and mobile apps, won’t make transporting stuff any easier, but they might make it more bearable.