The secret to carry-on only travel revealed as airport chaos continues

‘Get used to carry-on only’: Experts claim airport chaos will continue for at least a year and reveals exactly how to pack lightly for every trip

  • Travel expert reveals exactly how to make the most of carry-on only trend
  • The trend has taken hold following global airport chaos and lost baggage
  • Tom Walley from Flight Centre says chaos will likely continue through next year

Travel experts have revealed exactly how to embrace the ‘carry-on only’ baggage trend as unprecedented airport chaos continues to impact holiday makers everywhere.

The trend has taken hold following a huge spike in lost or delayed baggage – with many seasoned travellers claiming it is the only way to ensure you aren’t separated from your suitcases when heading on holiday.

the baggage crisis appeared to begin in 2021 after global travel restrictions began to lift, and have only deteriorated further in 2022 with up to 30percent of holiday makers experiencing lost or delayed luggage 

Travel experts have revealed exactly how to embrace the 'carry-on only' baggage trend as unprecedented airport chaos continues

Travel experts have revealed exactly how to embrace the ‘carry-on only’ baggage trend as unprecedented airport chaos continues

Flight Centre's Corporate Traveller Global Managing Director Tom Walley has shared his top tips to getting everything you need into your cabin bag

Flight Centre’s Corporate Traveller Global Managing Director Tom Walley has shared his top tips to getting everything you need into your cabin bag

Speaking to FEMAIL Tom Walley from Flight Centre’s Corporate Traveller division revealed how both corporate travellers and holiday makers can cram everything they need into their cabin bags.

He predicts chaos will continue until the end of the year ‘at minimum’ as ‘airports around the world slowly return to normal efficiency levels’.

But also believes most travellers can go without checked luggage, if they pack well.

One of the most important things to consider is the baggage allowance for your flights – some airlines allow customers to have a large carry on bag as well as a personal bag.

Others only allow one bag, or weigh the personal bag, which can put customers over the limit.

The smallest, typical cabin bag allowance is  55 centimetres by 35 centimetres by 20 centimetres, and about seven kilograms.

Tom’s tips account for the smallest allowed size on domestic and international flights.

You should always try to take out 20 percent of your luggage after choosing what you want to take

You should always try to take out 20 percent of your luggage after choosing what you want to take

1 – Book a hotel with a good range of amenities

Shampoo, conditioner and skincare can take up a lot of room and may go against your airline’s ‘liquid allowance’. booking a hotel with a good range of products means you don’t have to go shopping for necessities when you land.

2 – Slim down on tech

Take an ultra-slim, lightweight laptop or tablet on the trip. If you need to take hardcopy presentation documents, contracts, training manuals or other files, consider digital copies – saved on a device, USB or on the cloud – and organise to have them printed at your destination hotel. Kindles are another storage idea for reading materials on your flights. They are ideal for storing large files and weigh no more than 188g, with a charge that can last weeks.

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3 – Pack multi-purpose items

Pack business clothing that can transition into leisure wear and stick to neutrals that can adapt well to different situations. Consider taking loungewear that can be worn on international flights and for sleep. Packing three tops for every bottom can also help you transition the same items from day to night, and work to leisure. 

4 – Don’t waste space 

When packing, cleverly place smaller valuables inside other items. For instance, jewellery or phone chargers could be stored inside shoes or coat pockets. Tightly roll clothing items to allow for more compact packing and prevent creasing. Some experienced travellers, however, prefer folding clothes and prevent creasing by placing tissue paper between each fold to ensure items remain neat.

5 – Wear bulky clothes on board

Heavy and bulky items like jackets, jeans and hiking bots take up too much space and weigh too much to go in your cabin baggage. If you must bring these items it is a good idea to wear them on the plane. Another clever space-saver is to place loose items such as wallets, passports, and pens, into your jacket pockets, provided they have a secure zipper. Many flights have hooks on seats for passengers to hang jackets.

Baggage allowances differ by airlines - with the limits picture above being among the most conservative

Baggage allowances differ by airlines – with the limits picture above being among the most conservative 

6 –  Reduce your luggage by 20 percent

Once you have planned what you want to take try to reduce it by 20 percent – this will give you room to add more items later, including souveneirs.  

7 – Buy more carry-on

Many airlines allow you to purchase extra carry-on baggage, allowing a maximum of 14 kilograms on board. This is a great option for people who struggle to pack light, have multiple events or destinations and who don’t want to risk losing anything on their trip.  He notes it is always cheaper to buy extra baggage online and can be very expensive at the airport.  

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