It’s a frustrating start to your holiday when your luggage is lost or delayed. When packing your carry on luggage you might want to consider some of these handy hints to make sure you have what is needed with you in case of delayed luggage.
Before packing check the size and weight restrictions for any flight, car, boat or any transport method. Make sure your bags fit within the restrictions and buy yourself a portable scale to keep you within the carry on weight. Most airlines will allow you to take a personal bag and your carry on bag, use them wisely to have what you need in case your luggage is delayed.
Airlines have different weight restrictions usually from 7 to 10 kilograms for carry-on luggage, so make sure you double check your airline’s weight restrictions, as well as dimensions. The other restriction you must be careful with is, liquid restrictions, currently the Australian Border Force says the restrictions are 100ml each and must fit in a resealable plastic bag not more than 80cm in total area.
When buying a carry on bag, be sure to look for something lightweight with compartments and sections. A little organisation with your items will help you see things easily in your bag and hopefully help to pack lighter! Packing light is a skill and may take some practice, a good list will help keep you on track. Packing cubes can also be very useful, one for overnight and one for the next day make it easier not to overpack and keep your weight limit down.
Make sure you use every inch of your bag, use your shoes to stuff with socks or underwear and a clear cosmetics bag is useful so fluid limits can be seen through the bag.
In your personal bag, pack the essentials for the airport and cabin:
- Boarding Pass
- Charger (most planes have USB spots)
- Foreign currency for when you arrive
- Antiseptic wipes
- Neck Pillow
- Eye mask (if that’s your thing)
- Snacks, including chewing gum for take-off and landing
- Water bottle (fill at the gate)
- Lip balm, eye drops, moisturiser (aeroplane cabins make skin dry)
- Any medications (including letter from the Dr)
- Jumper or scarf
In your carry on for the overhead cabin you should pack the things you need for a couple of days:
- Copies of important documents like passport, travel insurance and itinerary (don’t rely on copies on your phone)
- Small bottle of shampoo and conditioner
- Cleanser, moisturiser, any make up required
- Toothbrush and paste
- Clothing (for one day if you have checked luggage also)
- Slip-on shoes
- Laundry bag
- Adapter (if travelling overseas)
Some popular extras that people like to include are socks or compression tights, or a kindle loaded with magazines and book and a journal is quite popular too to make notes of your journey.
Finally, fold or roll your clothes? We will leave that up to you, the science isn’t in, but people sure have some firm decisions on which works for them. I myself like to mix it up, roll some and fold some!
If you are travelling with your TravelCard make sure you keep it with you at all times. If your luggage is delayed, give us a call and when approved we will load your card with $150 and send you an activation pin for you to purchase anything you forgot in your carry on that you will need until your luggage turns up.