How to fly with hand luggage
Jul 12th, 2018
Travel is an important part of modern business and, as much as we can Skype and email 24 hours a day, sometimes the only way to close the deal is to meet face-to-face. Quick trips overseas require you to take hand-luggage only and you often don’t have time to wait for your luggage to come off from the carousel or, worse still, get lost - you need to make a speedy exit and be on your way.
Even with more generous hand-luggage allowances available, , there is always a risk that you could be asked to check your bag in if it is a very busy flight or you are late to board. But, if you dress and pack with intelligence, you should be able to survive a single-night overseas trip with just a briefcase.
Any bag that can be stowed under the seat in front of you will not require to be checked in and you are guaranteed to keep possession of it.
- Your laptop is probably essential but consider upgrading to a tablet with a keyboard. This is significantly lighter and will also negate the need to bring the cumbersome charger.
- Don’t forget the charger (and charge your tablet and phone at every opportunity).
- Dress in dark colours and select hi-twist wools that are resistant to creasing. Plain colours are better than patterns.
- Wear slip-on shoes to avoid wasting time at security and the hassle of snapping laces.
- Avoid trousers or skirts that require belts. Self-supporting is easier and more comfortable.
- If you require an outerwear piece, consider a lightweight raincoat.
- A lightweight cashmere scarf is a boon to the modern traveller.
- Wear a jacket or blazer and select something with plenty of useful pockets.
- Roll spare shirts and underwear – this will prevent creasing.
- If you need to pack spare shoes, use disposable shower caps to protect your other clothing and paperwork.
- The 100ml liquid rule is a challenge. It is worth buying some sturdier bags (Muji stock good ones) as they will carry more than those supplied at the airport.
- Small “travel” sized products are expensive. Stock up on samples when you go shopping (just ask) and always take the full complement of products from your hotel stays.
- Remember: you only need to put liquids in the bag. Toothbrushes, razors and brushes can be stores separately.
- Always pack a fresh long sleeve t-shirt. They can be worn as pyjamas or as underpinning pieces.
- Gentleman, always pack a tie and a collared shirt. It always best to err on the side of formality. A knitted tie takes next to no space and will not crumple.