Hand luggage only travel is growing in popularity as holidaymakers try to keep flight costs low. But with such budget airlines as Ryanair and easyJet clamping down on restrictions, travelling with just carry on can be tricky. Travel toiletries can take up space in your hand luggage and they can also prove tricky at airport security. Cabin baggage liquids need to be 100ml which can be frustrating for some people.
A travel industry insider has revealed she has an easy tip to help beat the liquid rule.
The trick is to, in fact, avoid taking toiletries altogether and to plan ahead, provided you’re staying in a hotel.
“You can massively cut down on your toiletries by doing a little bit of forward planning,” travel journalist Lizzie Pook told Cosmopolitan.
“If you’re staying at a hotel, take a look at its website to see if there are any mentions of the toiletries provided in the bathroom.
“If not, send an email and ask, then you don’t need to take those products with you.”
However, if travellers are not staying in a hotel at the other end there is still a way to avoid forking out for pricey mini toiletries.
Blogger Travel Mad Mum, Karen Edwards’ remedy for the problem is to invest in diminutive containers to transfer the liquid travel toiletries you already own.
“Use miniatures,” she advised. “Pouring toiletries into smaller containers will not only take up less space but will limit the weight.”
If you’re worried about liquids leaking and making a mess in your bag there’s a very cheap solution.
A top tip to deal with this is to go one step further than simply screwing the lids on things tightly.
To help with packing hand luggage liquids it’s much better to place a piece of clingfilm over the top of the bottle or jar and then close the lid firmly. This should minimise any spills should the worst happen during transit.
Flights introduced the hand luggage liquid allowance restrictions back in 2006. It came after British police foiled a terror plot which saw terrorists smuggling explosives.
The incident was the largest terror plot ever discovered in Britain. The terrorists had improvised explosive devices which they had disguised in soft drink bottles.
The bottles were in their hand luggage along with a large number of batteries – which raised the alarm.
The terrorists were intending to assemble the bombs on board planes and detonate them. The aim was to kill thousands of people by blasting up to 10 transatlantic flights.
Had the terror plot succeeded it would have caused civilian casualties on an “unprecedented scale,” then-home secretary John Reid said.
As a result of the planned plot, liquids were almost entirely banned from hand luggage immediately before rules later relaxed.