Travelling with hand luggage only is a great way to cut costs and can reduce the time spent waiting in the baggage hall. However, in order to successfully beat excess fees, travellers must pack in accordance with often strict luggage guidelines.
These guidelines range from bag size limit to weight limit and vary across airlines.
Budget airlines, though boasting impressive seat prices, are often some of the worst when it comes to baggage restrictions.
Passengers found to have packed in excess of these weight restrictions can often face sizeable fees.
Popular airlines such as Ryanair could charge passengers as much as £50 to check-in their hand luggage if it is found to flout the rules at the airport.
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Meanwhile, easyJet charges up to £40 at the check-in desk and £50 if the bag is found to be too large at the gate.
However, savvy passengers are increasingly coming up with ways to beat these hand luggage rules while still packing everything they need.
On a Reddit forum dedicated to hand luggage travel tips, one passenger revealed their devious discovery.
The passenger revealed that online check-in could be a traveller’s best friend, particularly if they are flying with just one bag.
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“Airlines generally only weigh your carry-on at the check-in counter,” pointed out the traveller.
“If you’re carry-on only and check-in online then you can just go straight to the gate and avoid it.”
Indeed, most airlines tend to weigh bags only at the check-in desk, however, if your bag is noticeably larger suspicious staff may decide to weigh bags at the gate prior to boarding too.
The move certainly carries an element of risk, particularly for passengers caught out at the last minute, but it could also be a cost-effective way to cut corners.
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For holidaymakers less keen on breaking the rules, there are plenty of other tricks to try.
One passenger discovered that by trying a unique and somewhat bizarre packing method they were able to squeeze more items in their suitcase.
This is particularly good for travellers who are travelling with easyJet, since the orange-tipped carrier imposes a bag size restriction, but no weight limit.
Sharing their savvy tip on Reddit the travel enthusiast said they are able to pack up to five days worth of clothing, as well as avoid wrinkling, with this simple move.
They explained: “I lay the first item on the bed or floor.
“Then I lay the next item rotated 90 degrees on top of that.
“I keep rotating 90 degrees and layering until I have everything in a pile. I finish with my underwear and socks on top in the middle.
“Then I fold all four corners and shove it in my suitcase.
“I packed this way for my first trip to Europe and was able to pack 5 days worth of clothing, two pair of shoes, non-liquid make-up and toiletries (travel size) in an international-sized carry-on.”
The frequent flier added: “I thought it sounded idiotic when I read it, but it worked for me.”: “I stopped rolling and folding, and my clothes are less wrinkled when I arrive and I can carry more in the same space.
“I can also pack for a week in just a few minutes.”