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Packing it all in: a guide to travelling abroad with hand luggage only

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: May 10, 2013

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AS airport check-ins get stricter about luggage weight, the more important it is to think about the amount you take away on holiday with you.

These days there can often be quite a hefty charge for check-in baggage so savvy holidaymakers and now travelling abroad with hand luggage only to keep the cost of the flight to a minimum.

If you are travelling with hand luggage only, not only will you be restricted to the size of case you can carry, you will also be limited to the amount of liquid which can be carried.

At the time of going to press, and checking on the individual airlines’ websites, here’s a quick guide to hand luggage sizes:

 EasyJet: 56 x 45 x 25cm including wheels. www.easyjet.com

 British Airways: 56 x 45 x 25cm including the handle, pockets and wheels to a maximum of 23kg. www.britishairways.com

 Ryanair: 55cm x 40cm x 20cm to a maximum of 10kg. www.ryanair.com

Some airlines insist that you only take one piece of hand luggage which will include laptop bags and handbags. A charge may be incurred if you have too many pieces.

If you want to be 100 per cent sure of what you can take on board with you, either as hand or check-in luggage, check the website of the airline you are travelling with.

Individual hand luggage toiletries are limited to a maximum of 100ml and must be carried in a single, transparent, re-sealable plastic bag which holds no more than one litre and measures approximately 20cm x 20cm, so it’s important to plan ahead.

Contents must fit comfortably inside the bag so it can be sealed and the bag must not be knotted or tied at the top. Each passenger can carry only one of these bags and the bag must be presented for examination at the airport security point.

Containers larger than 100ml (excluding essential medicines) will not be allowed through the security point even if they are only part full. Liquids include all drinks including water, soup and syrups; cosmetics and toiletries including creams, lotions, oils, perfumes, mascara and lipsticks; sprays including shaving foam, hairspray and spray deodorants; pastes including toothpaste; gels including hair and shower gel; contact lens solution, and any other solutions and items of similar consistency.

There’s no limit to the amount of toiletries you can pack in suitcases stored in the plane’s hold, but you will have to adhere to the tour operator or airlines’ baggage restrictions which will be posted on their websites.

Although we may like to stick with our favourite toiletries brand this is sometimes simply not possible with many manufacturers still not selling travel-size toiletries.

It is worth thinking about taking packs of wipes such as eye make-up removal, facial cleansing, hand and deodorising wipes, as these don’t appear have any hand luggage restrictions.

So for all you holiday honeys, here is my guide to a travel-tastic summer.

 Clear Travel Bags from Boots are a practical and stylish set of three clear travel bags retailing at £8 and ideal for quickly locating products.

 Molton Brown Unisex Travel Stowaway.Travel-size toiletry kit for him or her — London via The World.Whether you share or keep them all to yourself, the six in-flight friendly travel sizes for him and her are all zipped up in a wipe-clean wash bag. Including Molton Brown’s White Mulberry handcare duo. £46. www.moltonbrown.co.uk

 Baylis & Harding Sweet Mandarin and Grapefruit Traveller. A trio of specially-selected citrus treats in a stylish travel bag. Includes 100ml body cleanser, 100ml cream wash and 50ml hand and body lotion which nestle snugly in a stylish, clear wash bag, which in turn fits beautifully inside a handbag or hand luggage. Price £7 from Tesco and Debenhams. www.baylisandharding.com

 DenTek Easy Brush Interdental Cleaners: A pack of interdental cleaners to ensure your teeth are brighter, whiter and healthier. The brushes remove plaque, food and bacteria from hard to reach places ensuring your teeth and mouth is left in tip top condition. £4.99 from Amazon. www.amazon.co.uk

 Heaven After Soother: Acts as a hair-retardant moisturiser. Excellent for bites, shaving rash and also soothes the skin after a long day in the sun. £9.20 for 25ml from www.heavenskincare.com

 Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula travel size lotion: 100 per cent pure cocoa butter enriched with Vitamin E and will deeply moisturise any dry spots while smoothing marks and toning skin. Ideal for keeping your skin nourished and conditioned all weekend long. £1 from Superdrug, Boots, Sainsbury’s and Tesco.

 Organic Surge Kiss and Make-up Wipes: combine convenience and care, effectively sweeping away make-up, dirt and impurities leaving your skin feeling clean and bright. £3.49 from www.organicsurge.com

 Vidal Sassoon Daily Hydration Dryer: gives ultimate care and protection to your hair while styling. Experience frizz-free and silky hair wherever your day takes you, the unique folding handles makes this dryer the perfect travel or gym companion. £19.99 from Amazon, Argos, Boots, Currys, Shop Direct, Sainsbury’s

 The Elemis Travel Shop (www.timetospa.co.uk) has the fantastic offer of ‘buy any six Elemis travel sizes and receive the lowest priced item free’. Enter code TRAVEL at the checkout. Offer is applicable to single travel sized items only.

 Romance yourself with a little bathtime luxury even on holiday with a travel-friendly oil and candle set from Neom which features Complete Bliss body oil, Tranquillity bath and shower oil and a sensuous travel candle. £25.92 from www.qvcuk.com

 Sure Maximum Protection: an antiperspirant which provides scientifically proven wetness protection. Whther jetting off to exotic lands for a summer getaway, or basking in the British sunshine, it will guarantee you stay cool and protected as the temperature rises. £5.10 for a 45ml stick from leading retailers.

 If you fancy blowing your budget, the Elemis Ultimate Travel Collection For Her will be the ideal travelling companion. Presented in an elegant travel bag, the luxury seven-piece collection retails at £68. Available from www.timetospa.co.uk

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