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Preparing for a holiday is an exciting time, but it can be stressful. Packing appropriately is challenging, especially with the strict luggage rules imposed by many airlines these days. However, with a bit of research and an organised approach, getting ready for your much anticipated break is nothing to fear.

Hold Luggage Tips

Always check well in advance how many bags you will be able to check in. Many budget airlines charge per case and it is often cheaper to book in advance online. The weight for luggage to be carried in the hold varies from carrier to carrier, and depends also on whether you are travelling economy or not. If you need to cut down on weight, consider buying an extra-light suitcase. There are several on the market and they do make a big difference. If you intend to shop until you drop at your destination, pack a set of travel scales so that you can keep an eye on the weight situation and avoid paying an excess baggage charge.

Hand Luggage Tips

Some airlines impose a very strict ‘one bag only’ policy, others are more relaxed. Size restrictions apply across the board - bags should not exceed 56cm x 45cm x 25cm. Items such as liquids or gels/creams must be in containers of 100ml or under and will need to be put in a plastic bag to go through security. There are no restrictions on liquids air-side, so you can stock up on any essentials once you have cleared security.

Packing Tips

The golden rule of packing is: don’t over-pack. Cramming clothes in will simply result in a case of ceased clothes. Plan ahead - plan your outfits for the trip and try and stick with the essentials plus a few contingency pieces plus accessories. Rolling garments is space saving and reduces crumpling. Shoes and other heavy items should go the bottom of the case. Never place wrapped gifts in your hold luggage - if your case is checked by security they will be opened. Pack gift and wrapping paper separately and wrap when you get to your destination. Never check in anything of true sentimental value - luggage does go missing and some things really are irreplaceable. As well as your luggage tag, include a piece of paper with your contact details inside your case, in case the tag falls off. If there is more than one person in your family travelling, split possession between cases. Finally remember to lock your checked bags as your insurance may be invalidated if you don’t.

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