7 tips to travel with only hand luggage

Do you hate standing around at the airport waiting for your luggage to appear on the conveyer belt? But does the thought of travelling with only a tiny suitcase that fits in the overhead lockers seems impossible?

Then follow these simple tips to travel light and you’ll be able to breeze past the luggage belt and start making the most of your travels, whilst also saving on luggage costs!

Remember the 100ml rule

When travelling with only hand luggage you must make sure that all liquids you take are under 100ml and are kept in a clear plastic bag.

You can purchase mini travel-sized products, or depending how long you’re going for you can always buy products like shampoo and conditioner when you get there.

If you’re looking to save money you can just transfer shampoo, or other liquid, into a smaller 100ml bottle, which you can buy  in most drug stores.

Roll your clothes

Taking time to pack effectively instead of just throwing everything in can save a surprising amount of room. Rolling your clothes saves so much space and as an added bonus also prevents your clothes from getting creased.

Another great tip for saving space is to tuck socks and underwear inside of shoes or squashing them into small spaces.

Wear bulky clothing

In fact wear as many clothes as you can! This will save a lot of room when packing especially with bigger items such as coats, jackets and boots. You could even wear accessories like hats or scarves to save on space.

Only take what you need

If you are going somewhere where you will have access to a washing machine then you don’t need to pack a different outfit for every day.

Also think about packing items of clothing that you can mix and match. By thinking ahead you will be able to get the most varied wardrobe out of only a few items and still be able to wear a different outfit each day.

Check your airline luggage allowance

Some airlines allow you to take a small handbag or backpack as well as a hand luggage sized suitcase to go in the overhead lockers. Make sure to check exactly what your airline allows and the size specifications before you start packing. You don’t want to be charged for oversized luggage, which could end up costing you a lot more.

Buy stuff out there

See if there is anything that you can avoid packing and buy when you’re out there. This will save you space to pack other essentials you do need to take. For example if you’re heading somewhere with a beach, instead of buying and packing a pair or flip-flops, you can just buy them when you get there.


Books can be heavy and take up a lot of unnecessary space, so if you like to read a lot of books whilst travelling then a Kindle is perfect! This way you can take as many books as you want, but only taking up the space of just one.




  1. Such a handy post for my upcoming travels! I’ll be going long haul so I will have the extra case, however I want to buy a lot out there so space saving tips are needed! I always roll my clothes too – it’s a tip my mum passed on!

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  2. These are great tips! I personally love the whole rolling up clothes trick! I don’t have a kindle but I really want to get and it could definitely help me save up sooo much space! Thanks for these tips! 💕

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