Many airlines impose weight and size restrictions on both checked-in and carry-on bags, leaving vacationers furiously trying to figure out the best way to fit everything into their suitcase without paying a fee. Jessie Moore, founder and director of luxury trip and adventure blog PocketWanderings (@PocketWanderings), revealed an easy way to not only get more in your suitcase, but also reduce the risk of creasing.
She said express.co.uk: “It’s a well-known trick, but it works: roll up, don’t fold to save space while also reducing creases.”
This method works by forcing the air out between the folds to ensure that all available space is used.
If you do it right, it can also mean that you don’t have to look for an iron on your first day of vacation.
Jessie explains, “Start packing large items and then fill all the gaps with smaller items like underwear, socks, and chargers.
She said, “If you have a thick jacket or sweater, wear it during the flight.
“For example, when I go skiing, I always wear my ski jacket during the flight.
“It might be a little annoying, but it saves so much space in my hold luggage, especially if I already have my ski boots in – wearing ski boots to the airport might be too far.”
For heavier items, such as makeup and toiletries, vacationers are advised to think about how much they are likely to use on their travels.
Becky explains, “You can decant large bottles of toiletries into smaller jars or bottles, such as your moisturizer, cleanser, shampoo, and conditioner if you need to carry them with you.
“Remember, retailers charge extra for travel-sized toiletries, so it’s much more cost-effective to do it yourself.”
If you are traveling with hand luggage only, all toiletries must be smaller than 100ml and transported in a resealable, clear plastic bag for safety reasons.
Alternatively, experts recommend waiting to purchase your toiletries at your destination or taking advantage of a click-and-collect service at the airport store.
Boots at Gatwick Airport has provided a click-and-collect service for several years, something Nicky Kelvin, head of The Points Guy UKsuggests “massively underutilized”.
My Kelvin explained, “You have to leave at least 10 days before you order, and this will count towards your hand luggage in the eyes of most airlines.”
However, if you are traveling with hand luggage only, be aware of liquid restrictions for your return flight home.
Mr Kelvin added: “If you don’t use up these items during your holiday and want to return them, it means packing them in a checked bag for your return flight or you risk throwing the items away at security.”