Britons still report instances of long queues and disruptions at UK airports, but this is mainly at baggage check-in points. For those with only one carry-on, the experience is relatively smooth.
To avoid queues and get on board without hassle, it is therefore worth packing everything in one hand luggage.
Lee Thompson, co-founder of luxury travel company Flash Pack, shared his top tips on how to pack lighter with Express.co.uk.
The company founder has traveled to over 100 countries so knows a thing or two about the art of packing.
First of all: what kind of bag is best to take with you on the plane?
Lee said: “Try to avoid carry-on luggage with wheels.
“Often airlines look for baggage on full flights to load into the hold of the aircraft and wheeled bags are the main target.
“Even if your bag is heavy, shoulder bags always go unnoticed.”
Lee went on to say that the “number one item” he can’t travel without is his camera, which is why he always wears it around his neck and “fills my jacket pockets with lenses”.
“It’s very easy to use the hotel’s laundry service and still much cheaper than paying for extra luggage.”
Rolling up your clothes before putting them in your bag also helps.
“Ranger Rolling, or Army Rolling as it’s called, is where you fold the bottom of your clothes a few inches inside out, creating a kind of pocket along one side of the clothes.
“Then you can take the other end and roll it up tight until you get to the pocket you made.”
For a quick airport experience, Lee said it’s worth trying to “board the plane first and always sit in the front.”
“If you’ve made the effort to bring carry-on luggage, you should reap the rewards by guaranteeing an overhead locker and be the first to get off the plane, bypass the passport queues and get to your destination first,” he explained. from.
Finally, one of Lee’s simplest hacks was to “always have a plastic bag with you”.
“You can put all your extra items in it,” he revealed.
“No matter how full, a plastic bag always works as a second bag — even if you’re only allowed one.”