Travel expert claims airport chaos is set to continue for MONTHS as he reveals exactly how to pack lightly for every trip: ‘Get used to carry-on only’
- Travel expert reveals exactly how to make the most of carry-on only trend
- The trend has taken hold following global airport chaos and lost baggage
- Tom Walley from Flight Centre says chaos will likely continue through next year
A travel expert has revealed exactly how to embrace the ‘carry-on only’ baggage trend as unprecedented airport chaos continues to impact holidaymakers.
The trend has taken hold following a huge spike in lost or delayed baggage – with many seasoned travellers claiming it is the only way to ensure you aren’t separated from your suitcases when heading on holiday.
The baggage crisis began in 2021 after global travel restrictions began to lift, and has only deteriorated since then with up to 30 per cent of travellers experiencing lost or delayed luggage.
Travel experts have revealed exactly how to embrace the ‘carry-on only’ baggage trend as unprecedented airport chaos continues
Flight Centre’s Corporate Traveller Global Managing Director Tom Walley has shared his top tips to getting everything you need into your cabin bag
Speaking to FEMAIL, Tom Walley from Flight Centre’s Corporate Traveller division revealed how both corporate travellers and holidaymakers can cram everything they need into their cabin bags.
He predicts chaos will continue until the end of the year ‘at minimum’ as ‘airports around the world slowly return to normal efficiency levels’.
But also believes most travellers can go without checked luggage, if they pack well.
One of the most important things to consider is the baggage allowance for your flights – some airlines allow customers to have a large carry-on bag as well as a personal bag.
Others only allow one bag, or weigh the personal bag, which can put customers over the limit.
The smallest, typical cabin bag allowance is 55cm by 35cm by 20cm, and about 7kg.
Tom’s tips below account for the smallest allowed size on domestic and international flights.
You should always try to take out 20 percent of your luggage after choosing what you want to take
1 – Book a hotel with a good range of amenities
Shampoo, conditioner and skincare can take up a lot of room and may go against your airline’s ‘liquid allowance’. Booking a hotel with a good range of products means you don’t have to go shopping for necessities when you land.
2 – Slim down on tech
Take an ultra-slim, lightweight laptop or tablet on the trip. If you need to take hardcopy presentation documents, contracts, training manuals or other files, consider digital copies – saved on a device, USB or on the cloud – and organise to have them printed at your destination hotel. Kindles are another storage idea for reading materials on your flights. They are ideal for storing large files and weigh no more than 188g, with a charge that can last weeks.