Believe it or not, we travelled for five weeks in South East Asia with only cabin baggage! I was determined that we would travel light on this trip, as I always find that I pack too much on a normal holiday and end up not wearing it all. Therefore, I packed very carefully for this trip and it worked out really well. My tips and tricks to work out what to take are below – please bear in mind that we are packing for a holiday to an area that is usually warm:
1. Put EVERYTHING you WANT to take on to your bed or a large area.
2. Put it all into piles, e.g. T-shirts together, shorts together etc.
3. Go through each pile and put to one side the items you REALLY LIKE. Put away the rest.
4. Once you have done this, have a look at the amount you have left, if you have for instance 10 pairs of shorts and 20 t-shirts, take out HALF from each pile.
5. For a female I would suggest the following: 1 pair of trousers/jeans, 2 pairs of shorts, 6 t-shirts/vests, 2 dresses, 2 skirts, 1 sweat shirt, 1 cardigan or hoodie, 6 pairs of undies, 3 pairs of socks, 1 extra pair of shoes.
6. Make sure the t-shirts go well with the shorts and skirts.
7. Whittle your original piles down to the amounts above.
8. The weight and dimensions of cabin baggage allowances vary from airline to airline so it is best to check this in advance. When we travelled the airline allowance was 7 Kg in weight for the main piece and as a safety precaution, all cabin baggage must be able to fit in the overhead lockers or under the seat in front of you. Each item should therefore not exceed total linear dimensions (length + width + height) of 118cm (46.5″). Of course, the allowances are different depending on what class of travel you have (Business Class with Air New Zealand allows two pieces weighing up to 14kg in total, and one of these can be up to 10kg).
9. You can also take one extra piece e.g. a handbag, or laptop bag. So you can always put extras in there.
10. You are not permitted to carry liquids in containers which are more than 100mls, in your cabin baggage. Therefore, I bought some cheap bottles and poured my favourite shampoo and conditioner into these and labelled them, I also did this with sun screen. I also managed to find some small round plastic containers which I put hair wax in. All containers must be carried in a re-sealable transparent plastic bag no larger than one litre (approximately 20cm x 20cm or 8 inches x 8 inches). Only one bag is permitted per passenger and the plastic bag must be sealed and presented separately from all other carry-on baggage at the screening point.
11. I love to read on holiday, but last time we went I was reading a really thick book and didn’t fancy taking it in my hand luggage. Therefore I downloaded it onto my tablet – which I was taking anyway – and was able to read it on there. However, that is not always convenient so wherever we were staying, I would seek out a second hand bookshop and buy a paperback to read on our travels!