Tips for travelling with hand luggage only

July 7, 2016

Tips for packing Hand Luggage only, House of Fraser Suitcase - Rachel Nicole UK Blogger 1This weekend, I’m heading off on another adventure and I’m in the middle of packing. It’s no secret that wherever I go, I seriously overpack. I’ve been flapping around today not knowing what to take, I also seriously overestimated how big my hand luggage was. Somehow I have managed to pack seven outfits and three pairs of shoes with a whole entourage of electrical items and obviously a big stash of beauty items into my small suitcase.  I thought I would share some of the tips I follow that give me a helping hand when it comes to packing for your hand luggage only.

Tips for packing Hand Luggage only, House of Fraser Suitcase - Rachel Nicole UK Blogger

First of all, I’d recommend getting yourself a cabin-sized suitcase. Double check with who you are flying with as sizes vary. You may also be allowed to take a second bag such as a small handbag or a laptop bag – so definitely take advantage of this! I’ve just got a lovely new suitcase from Dickens & Jones at House of Fraser. I love there is so many different pockets and sections inside which helps sorting out clothing. The pretty pattern is also super cute!

Before you start packing, have a little think about the outfits you are wanting to wear. Can you you wear some items more than once? Make a plan of where you are going and what you want to wear each day and that way you are prepared and also not bringing along multiple outfits. I know it’s easy to take an extra three or four outfits just in case. If you properly plan things out, try everything on before you go and bring along some really versatile pieces you won’t overpack as much.

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Rolling instead of folding really does make all the difference. I’ve found this to be the best space saver. Popping socks inside of shoes. I always put my flip flops in last by shoving down the side of the suitcase. Also, double check whether you actually need to take towels or even a hair dryer as they will probably be available at your hotel.

Finally, I always make sure I’m wearing a couple of layers when I’m flying. Being typical Britain, it will most likely be chilly when you arrive and depart to bring a jacket. I always try and wear my jewellery instead of packing it in my hand luggage too!

Do you have any tips for packing light and travelling hand-luggage only?


7 comments so far.

7 responses to “Tips for travelling with hand luggage only”

  1. Jessica says:

    Those are good tips. Rolling is so helpful. I try to make sure to leave extra room for souvenirs.

  2. Rina says:

    You are so good! I cannot travel with just a carry-on. I almost need two check-ins when I travel =P

    xoxo Rina

  3. Len Parent says:

    Gorgeous pics babe. Love it! Thanks for sharing!
    Have a wonderful day!
    Much love, Len

  4. Caroline says:

    LOVE this suitcase and such good tips! I’ve never been a roller, always a lay-flat-er.. But may have to give this a whirl on our next trip. 🙂


  5. Gabrielle says:

    Rolling instead of folding is something I’ve been trying lately too – it really does save a lot of space! I love your new Dickins & Jones suitcase, I wish I had thought to pick up a prettier suitcase before my next trip though I think I’ve run out of time now haha. Have fun!

  6. Jill says:

    I always overpack and don’t think I could ever get everything I need in a carry-on. Thanks for sharing these great tips!

    Doused In Pink

  7. Chichi says:

    These are some really great tips! I travel very often on long-distance train journeys and I always over pack (old habits die hard.) Over the next few years I want to travel abroad a lot more and I want to be able to become accustomed to travelling with hand luggage only.

    Also, your tip on rolling clothes is a really good tip. I remember reading that tip somewhere and I ever since I’ve noticed that folding clothes creates more space.

    Another tip I have: try using vacuum bags because you can pack more clothes and create more space.


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