A TRAVEL expert has revealed how holidaymakers can save money by only flying with hand luggage.
Airlines these days often charge for checking baggage, while some even charge additional fees to allow passengers to carry larger bags in the cabin.
However, there are ways to keep costs down and still carry everything you need in your carry-on.
Corporate Traveler’s Tom Walley has shared his top five tips for passengers looking to save on their baggage costs.
Book hotels with toiletries
Toiletries are among the bulkiest items in carry-on luggage and can take up a lot of space.
However, many hotels provide things like shampoo, shower gel, and toothpaste, so passengers don’t have to bring their own.
Tom told Nine.com.au ensuring the accommodation provides toiletries can reduce the amount people need to pack.
Pack a variety of clothing
The need for different outfits on vacation can mean that a bag is filled to the brim with clothes.
But packing versatile clothing means items can be worn on more than one occasion.
This reduces the amount of stuff to stuff into bags and saves space.
Make the most of small spaces in bags
Passengers often do not make optimal use of the space they have in their bags as space is wasted.
Tom recommends putting smaller items like jewelry or chargers in shoes or jacket pockets.
He also suggests rolling clothes to make them more compact.
Wear loose clothing on the plane
Coats, boots and thick sweaters can take up a lot of space in bags, but sometimes they are needed on vacation.
However, passengers are allowed to carry some of their bulkier items for the flight, meaning they can take them with them without taking up space in their bags.
Large coats also have pockets to store smaller items, freeing up extra space.
Check the packaging once it’s done
Passengers regularly pack clothes or items that never leave the suitcase when they reach their destination.
Tom advises checking each item as soon as it’s packed and considering whether or not it really matters.
By reducing clutter, bags become much lighter and there is less risk of exceeding baggage allowances.
Meanwhile, vacationers are calling this £10 carry-on bag a game changer.
And this frustrated easyJet passenger was caught on film trying to prove his bag was fit for the cabin.
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