Hand luggage: Expert reveals what passengers can pack
Like most budget airlines, Ryanair has strict hand luggage restrictions where customers are expected to pay if they want to carry a larger bag or more items than the limit allows. But, organizational expert Sophie Liard, also known as The folding ladyhas a “brutal” method of helping passengers pack everything they need for a week-long vacation without having to pay for more luggage.
She shared a video with her 4.3M TikTok followers, saying: “I have been challenged by @onthebeachholidays to ‘pack up’ the system and fit a specially curated holiday wardrobe for a week in Ryanair’s free hand luggage.
“I use a cheeky neck pillow trick to pack enough bikinis to change your wardrobe every day of the week — saving you up to £70.”
With her packaging strategy, Sophie was able to try on eight underwear, two jumpsuits, four bottoms, five shorts, four beachwear, four tops, four dresses, one slip, one pair of flip flops, makeup, skin care. , hair straighteners, headband, eye mask and a scrunch in what she described as a “little act”.
She explained: “Less is more. Planning outfits in advance gives you a big head start on making sure you don’t pack too much.
The packaging hack can fit a week’s worth of clothing in a Ryanair-approved carry-on bag.
Organizing your outfits before you start packing can make the process easier.
“Two or three months before the trip, start thinking about what you want to wear, outfits you can mix and match, and events you’ll be attending so you can buy all your vacation essentials.
“Accessories are essential, and a simple belt can give an outfit a whole new lease of life. Be smart about what you leave behind – packing the supplies first will show you how much space you really have left for those bonus items.
In the video, Sophie starts to roll up her things and place them in the suitcase. She said, “Starting with the main case, I’m going to fold everything up. This way I can see everything and I don’t even have to unpack when I get there.”
Once her main suitcase was filled with clothes, Sophie started stuffing things into the zip pockets of her bag. She explained, “I’ve switched from a roll to a fold so I can use every pocket available and fill every nook and cranny.”
While there’s often debate about whether rolling or folding is the best method of making the most of space, the organization expert revealed that both can be beneficial, depending on what you’re packing.
She explained: “Honestly, there’s not much to it when it comes to folding versus rolling – trust me, we tested it at The Folding Lady HQ!
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By making your clothes ‘foldable’, you can keep your suitcase organized.
“A mixture works well, depending on the material of the clothing and what actually goes in the suitcase.
“As a general rule of thumb, we recommend folding the following items; blazers, t-shirts, underwear, jackets, anything delicate or embellished and the following; thicker knits, dresses, tights.”
The packaging expert also has a trick up its sleeve to sneak a few extra items on board, even if your ba is “full to the brim”.
She explained, “I’m going to show you a super handy pack hack with this cheeky travel pillow, which means you can grab a bikini for free for every day of the week, even if your bag is completely full.”
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For the hack, Sophie took the pillow out of a travel neck pillow and then stuffed it with her bikinis.
The travel pillow can then be transported on board, but is not restricted by the hand luggage rules.
Sophie said: “Packing for vacation can often be the most stressful part of travelling, especially if you pack too much.
“But it doesn’t have to be – now, more than ever, with rising baggage fees and widespread checked baggage chaos, it’s the time to minimize packing by carrying only hand luggage. It may seem almost impossible to pack all your clothes in your hand luggage for a week-long trip, but I’ve shown that this doesn’t have to be the case.”
Zoe Harris, chief customer officer at On the Beach, added: “Hopefully this clever hack will help customers save the pennies for their trip, making the added bonus of extra cash for next year’s vacation or even for cocktails by the beach. .”