Holidays need careful thought when it comes to packing – and it’s best to give yourself enough time to prepare. Many budget airlines such as easyJet and Ryanair offer cheap flights early in the morning. This means that preparation the night before is important to avoid forgetting any key items. With restrictions on hand luggage stringent on low-cost carriers it’s important to only take the essentials.
Hilton Hotels & Resorts have compiled a selection of top tips for travellers, particularly those heading off on a short-haul getaway.
John Rogers, SVP & Head of Brands EMEA at Hilton told Express.co.uk: “The night before you embark on your trip, pack your suitcase and set it by the front door, along with a list of things to do before you walk out of the house.
“The list could include things like packing your phone charger, feeding the fish, making sure all the lights are off or any other loose ends you need to tie up.
“When you create a list the night before, you’ll have less risk of forgetting any important details when you’re short on time.”
With packing light of utmost importance on a budget flight, items that double up can be very useful.
Try to include things that have multiple uses to avoid taking up too much space in your bag. This can be particularly vital if you’re flying with family.
“Pack smarter by focusing on items that multitask,” the Hilton spokesman said.
“For example, kids’ T-shirts take up little space and can be worn during the day or at night as pyjamas.
“Accessories like scarves can also be used as small blankets for picnics.”
It’s helpful to keep track of exactly what you’re taking on holiday.
Not only so you don’t accidentally leave things in your hotel room, but also in case you need to make an insurance claim.
“You’re sure to use your phone to take photos and videos but have you thought of doing so with your luggage?” said Rogers.
“Lay out what you’ve brought and take a quick video before putting items away at the hotel. This helps should you have to make an insurance claim.”
It’s also worth thinking about what you’re packing your hand luggage in.
Instead of a suitcase, a large rucksack could, in fact, help you beat budget airline hand luggage rules.
“If you’re travelling with hand luggage only on a budget airline, I would recommend opting for a large rucksack rather than a small suitcase with wheels,” David Scotland from Outdoor World Direct told Express.co.uk.
You are more likely to avoid attention with a bag on your back than you are with a suitcase. This means you are less likely to be asked to put your bag in the hold, which can infuriate travellers hoping for a smooth and quick journey.