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Packing tips

An open suitcase.

When you travel as much as we do you learn a thing or two about packing. It’s sometimes tempting to throw everything in a bag and hope for the best but for only a small amount of effort we can help you get organised and make the most of your free baggage allowance.

Watch our video for packing tips

What to pack

  • Check the weather forecast for your destination and make sure you pack the right gear.
  • Follow our guidance on carrying liquids, sharp objects and other restricted items to help smooth your journey through security.
  • Keep medicine, money, valuables and important travel documents in easy reach in your hand baggage.
  • Whether you’re a folder or a roller, group several garments together at a time when packing to reduce creasing.
  • Place heavy items like shoes where they’ll be at the bottom of your bag when it’s standing upright.
  • Don’t forget to leave some room for shopping! Include a lightweight folding bag if you think you might need more space on your return journey.
  • Know your hand baggage allowances and checked baggage allowances - if you think you’ll need more space you can pay to take extra checked baggage.

Managing your bags

  • Invest in a digital luggage scale to keep track of your baggage weight and avoid overweight charges at the airport.
  • Label your bags inside and out with your name, destination address, email address and mobile number.
  • Remove all tags from previous flights before you check a bag in.
  • If you plan on securing your bag with a padlock we recommend a TSA-approved lock to avoid potential damage to your bag in the event that it has to be opened by baggage handlers or security inspectors.
  • Secure protruding handles and loose straps on your bags to prevent snagging.
  • Customise your bags (particularly black ones) with colourful straps and luggage tags to help them stand out on the carousel.