How to pack for a hand luggage only trip
You’ve done it! You’ve booked a holiday or trip away, and you’ve managed to get it at a fantastic price because you’re going hand luggage only. Now all you need is your capsule wardrobe, and you’ll be ready to go!
. . . yeah. About that. How many of us actually have a capsule wardrobe? None of us at Trendz HQ do, and it’s only when trying to pack for a hand luggage only trip that you realise just how much stuff you have! Dresses, tops, shorts, skirts, cardigans, jumpers, piles of underwear, raincoat if it’s wet, sunhat if it’s hot – oh wait, sun cream as well, and a load of hair ties if it’s windy, mustn’t forget the makeup bag, and what if there’s not a hair dryer there? Alrighty, in goes the hair dryer, and at least four pairs of shoes (comfy, fancy, walking, and flip flops), and that’s before you even start thinking about accessories . . .
Hand luggage trips are simultaneously the best and the worst. You can travel so light! And you have to travel light. We know that it can be an absolute pain to try and work out what it is you need to take with you, but there are little tricks and hacks you can try to make sure you ace this travel malarkey so you look like Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.
Do your research
You can massively cut down on the stuff that you need to pack by doing a little research, and asking the hotel what they provide. If there is already going to be a hairdryer, shampoo, body wash, and straighteners in the room, those are some items that you don’t need to take.
Check the weather
Leave half your stuff behind by checking on the weather the day before. If it’s hot then leave out all the jumpers and layers, and if it’s going to be cold then ditch the bikini. Easy!
Do you need new accessories for each day? Yes, you may feel like you do, but honestly, is anyone going to notice that you wore the same earrings two nights running? Probably not, and not having a set of earrings for everyday of your trip will save more space than you think.
You can always buy extras
One of the best ways to keep down the hand luggage is by reducing what you might call ‘the essentials’. Do you really need two eyeliners? Lipstick and lip gloss? Straighteners and curling tongs? Come on, give it another go, and this time pick the absolute essentials and remember you’re on holiday – the less you have the more you can relax and enjoy!
Share share share
Last but by no means least, if you’re going with someone, why not have a chat with them about swapping or sharing stuff that you need to take? Why bother taking two deodorants, two hairbrushes, two toothpastes, or two perfumes when you can half it and still get all the benefits?
As you can see, there are tonnes of ways that you can make travelling light with hand luggage only an absolutely doddle. Let us know where you’re heading to this summer (or even before) in the comments below!