Travelling Light: Minimalist Packing for Budget Flights

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We all know that the budget airlines are using luggage as a way to gain a few extra pounds. Paying for extra luggage now often costs more than your flight itself! To avoid this holiday nightmare, we’re bringing you all of our top tips for minimalist packing. We want you to be able to spend your money on the experiences on offer when you get to your destination!

1. Plan Ahead:

Don’t start packing until you’ve done your holiday planning. Research the weather at your destination, your itinerary, and any specific dress codes or requirements for the activities that you plan to do. Having a clear plan will help you to pack only what you need.

2. Create a Packing List:

Make a comprehensive packing list that includes all the essentials you’ll need for your trip. Be honest with yourself about what you’ll use and what you won’t. Cross off items that you can live without, and stick to the necessities.

3. Choose the Right Bag:

The luggage allowance for the budget airlines is getting smaller and smaller, with Ryanair and Easyjet now only allowing under-the-seat bags for their cheapest fares. Luckily, this summer both TikTok shop and Amazon have been awash with bags that fit those dimensions exactly. This means that you’ll be able to pack right to capacity without having to fork out for extra luggage.

4. Mix and Match Clothing:

Think capsule wardrobe. Pack clothes that can be mixed and matched to create multiple outfits. If you choose a colour scheme you can get more mileage out of fewer pieces of clothing. This way, you can travel light without sacrificing style.

5. Roll Your Clothes:

Rolling your clothes instead of folding them not only saves space but also minimises wrinkles. This packing technique allows you to fit more items in your carry-on bag efficiently.

6. Share Toiletries:

If travelling as a group of friends or as a family, it’s often cheapest to buy your shampoo and shower gel at your holiday destination. This means you don’t need to save space for toiletries in your luggage, and are not paying for duplicate products.

7. Leave Room for Souvenirs:

If you’re someone who loves buying souvenirs from each holiday, make sure to leave some space in your bag. You’ll avoid the hassle and cost of purchasing an additional suitcase or paying for overweight luggage on your return journey.

8. Wear Your Bulkiest Items:

Wear your bulkiest clothing items, like heavy jackets or boots, while travelling. This not only saves space in your bag but also keeps you warm and comfortable on chilly flights.

Travelling light doesn’t mean sacrificing comfort or style; it’s about being smart and efficient with your packing. By following these tips and embracing a minimalist packing mindset, you can save money on baggage fees, streamline your travel experience, and enjoy your trip without the burden of excess baggage. Remember, the less you bring, the more you’ll gain in terms of savings, convenience, and stress-free travel. Happy travels!