How To Pack Your Hand Luggage Like A PRO

My top tips on how to pack your hand luggage for short trips like a PRO!

Booked a short haul fly but you're nervous because you only have a hand luggage allowance? Don't be! Once you've nailed the art to packing hand luggage you'll never look back. Here are my top 5 tips to packing like a PRO!

1.) Toilettries - think about what you actually NEED: When it comes to toilettries it's SO easy to over pack. Think about what you actually NEED to take (most hotels have shampoo/conditioner and body wash so leave those out), pack a mini perfume, deodrant, moisturiser (you can pick up samples/sachets from most beauty counters). Also pick up some mini bottles from Primark to put your current products into which will save you shelling out on travel sized products.

2.) Pack staple items: Think about where you're going then pack only staple items, pack one trusty pair of jeans and I'd say no more than two pairs of shoes (one of which you'll be travelling in). I flew to Iceland for four days on just hand luggage as was sure to pack thermals to keep me warm, one good pair of leggings/jeans, and a couple of jumpers. I wore my coat/snow boots to the airport to save room in my case.


3.) Roll your clothes: I've done this for as long as I can remember but roll your clothes rather than fold them, you honestly get SO much more in as you can pack everything really compact.

4.) Sensible footware: If you're going on a city break pack walking shoes or comfy trainers, if you're off to a cold destination then pack snow boots, if you're off to the sun pack sandals. Sounds silly but sometimes it's so easy to pack innapropriate footware, because if you're being honest with yourself you're not really going to wear those heels are you?!

5.) Wear your bulky items: As I mentioned in point 2, wear your bulky items to the airport to save room. When I went to Iceland I wore my chunkiest jumper, my big ski coat and snow boots to the airport, it's better to wear anythign bulky as it will take up too much room in your case. If you're planning on talking walking boots on your trip, wear them to the airport and pack your trainers/second pair of shoes.



What are your top tips for travelling with hand luggage? Have you packed with just hand luggage before? How did you find it?


  1. Alicia S 6th April 2017 / 3:08 pm

    This is extremely useful since I’m heading off on a week holiday this weekend and as we are travelling by coach we have minimal room for luggage and I’m the worst at overpacking!
    Alicia x

    • Hayley 11th April 2017 / 7:23 am

      Ah so glad to hear that love! Oh god same, I find it so hard to be rational and just pack what I need but once you’ve done it once, it becomes so much easier! x

  2. Amy 7th April 2017 / 11:17 am

    I went to Iceland on hand luggage too – it was a struggle because I wanted to pack so many warm clothes, but I did what you did and wore my bulky items to fly in. I’ve never heard to rolling clothes tip though so will definitely try that next time!
    Amy xx

    • Hayley 11th April 2017 / 7:24 am

      Haha same love, literally just wore ALL of my warm clothes as they were too bulky to pack! Yes definitely do, I always do it and it honestly saves so much room (keeps clothes from creasing as much too!) x

    • Hayley 11th April 2017 / 7:24 am

      Thank you love – same, saves so much room! x

  3. Laura 8th April 2017 / 10:48 pm

    Some great tips here! Rolling up your clothes is an excellent use of space. Like the idea of keeping your beauty essentials in a cute little black bag too.

    Laura xo

    • Hayley 11th April 2017 / 7:25 am

      Thanks love, same saves so much room and stops everything from creasing too! Such a great idea to keep them separate I find! x

    • Hayley 14th April 2017 / 9:54 am

      Haha exactly love, great minds! x

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