Packing for travel
With flying regulations becoming more and more stringent, packing for a holiday has become something of an art form. Of course, driving or taking a train or bus means you can take as much as you want – or at least as much as you can carry.
Before getting to the airport, make certain you know about any restrictions in place for your airline. What are the weight restrictions for on board luggage? For checked bags? It is a good idea to weigh any bags before getting to the airport to avoid hefty charges at the gate. What about size restrictions? Ryanair and easyJet charge a small fortune if your hand luggage is oversized – £25 with easyJet, a whopping £50 with Ryanair – and your bag will be put in the hold, which means waiting around once you reach your destination.
Remember, too, that there are strict guidelines on liquids; they must not be over 100 millilitres and should be in a transparent, re-sealable plastic bag. Anything over this can be purchased once you have passed through airport security, but be aware that some airlines count duty-free purchases as extra hand luggage.