Travel pro's tricks for packing hand luggage

Once upon a time there was no risk of having your carry-on luggage weighed before boarding your flight.

Now, with Australia’s airlines announcing they will be weighing all carry-on luggage, it’s time to get extra vigilant about what you pack. 

Webjet’s Country Manager and frequent traveller, David Galt, reveals his tried-and-tested travel tips to help passengers easily keep their carry-on under 7kgs – without compromising on what you pack.

Go lightweight

Look for a bag that weighs under 2kg to maximise what you can pack.

“Often, soft sided suitcases are lighter, but ensure that it’s also durable with either metal or thick zippers,” David says.

David recommends Samonsite for top-quality suitcases and Rushfaster for backpacks.

Consider alternatives

If you travel frequently with your laptop, David says that anything between 2 – 2.7kg is considered lightweight, so look out for that next time you upgrade.

“Alternatively, you could opt for a tablet as they weigh around 800g, particularly if your trip is just for leisure travel,” he says.

Don’t forget that your toiletries end up tipping the scales, too.

“Try some solid toiletries products,” David suggests. “These are smaller and last longer than their liquid counterparts. Lush has a great variety of solid shampoos, moisturisers, face wash and soaps. Some of these are as light as 45g.”

Multi-use products

The best things to pack are items that have more than one use.

“The more uses an item has, the more it belongs in your bag; multi-functional items are key when travelling light,” David says.

With clothing, David suggests choosing two or three complimentary colours to stick to, along with pieces that work well in layers and on their own.

Be a bit cheeky

There are still some ways to get around the weigh in.

“Take a jacket and use the zip pockets to carry some small but heavy items like a camera, phone or chargers,” David reveals. “On travel days, simply layer your clothes and wear your bulkiest pair of shoes – they typically take up the most weight.”

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