Handy Hand Luggage Checklist
The easiest, quickest and cheapest way to travel cabin baggage only (saving money, time and being more secure) is by using a hand luggage packing list which really helps you reduce the amount you pack by avoiding taking unnecessary items reducing the weight and volume you pack drastically and making travel hand luggage only much easier. This example hand luggage checklist is only a guide of what I tend to take and should be used by you to make your own personal list because you are going to want to pack different things and have different priorities to me, changing what you pack. However, I thought you may find it useful to see an example hand luggage checklist to help you consider what should go on your packing list and what should not! I also divided the list into smaller sections like clothes and health which I thought would make it easier to navigate and more user friendly.
Also, it is important to note this list is like the maximum and not your persona; hand luggage checklist – you should not be taking everything on it and tailor your own list. (Also, as a man this list is more geared towards men due to personal experience but most is very much applicable to women and still will be useful in making sure you don`t leave something vital like your passport or reservation details at home!) I do NOT recommend you take all of this on every trip or you really are not packing light – your list should be the maximum you can take. Don`t pack more and more or you won`t travel hand luggage only!
Depends mainly on if you can do laundry and the weather
3+ pairs of underwear
2 pairs of trousers
3+ pairs of socks
2 Polo Shirts
Hat – sunhat, beanie
Shoes – you want a smartish multipurpose pair
Travel Documents Checklist
The most important thing to pack and keep at hand as you need them to travel and for health insurance.
Passport, Visas, ID Card (Students may get discounts with ID)
EHIC card for healthcare in Europe (check if you can get this before you go)
Flight tickets, boarding passes, travel tickets e.t.c
Driver’s license, health cover/travel insurance details, car rental details (if booked in advance)
Spare copies of all important documents
Cash, credit/debit cards, (travellers cheques are not that good anymore)
A little harder due to the annoying liquid restrictions, I recommend buying most once you arrive as it is easy to get and relatively inexpensive. Made sure all liquids comply with 100ml rules.
Toiletries bag and sealable plastic bag
Toothbrush, small toothpaste, floss
Wet wipes -they are really handy for many things
First aid equipment
Toilet paper – can come in handy!
Various tablets e.g. malaria tablets
Specific medical equipment/drugs
Other stuff, first aid kit, bandages, plasters
Gadgets Checklist – What Electricals to Bring as Hand Luggage?
Camera – SD cards, case, battery/charger
Tablet – charger (I recommend the Nexus 7)
Kindle – can have thousands of books in your pocket, read in the dark, long battery, weighs less than one paperback!)
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Laptop – memory stick/harddrive
Your cabin bag
Locks for your luggage
Luggage Scales on Amazon so you make sure you don`t break weight limits. This could save you a lot of money on excess baggage!
Sleeping bag, liner.
Eye mask/headphones/ear plugs
Watch to wear
Flashlight or torch
Paper and pen – very useful
Maps and guidebooks
Tickets for anything else
Small amounts of food for the flight?
That is virtually everything that I would recommend taking in hand luggage and don`t forget that you should be wearing a lot of this when you travel out and try to minimise what you take with you for a better trip.
REMEMBER – don`t overpack and certainly don`t break the airline`s cabin baggage allowances.
Other recommended packing lists – This list is actually really useful.