Flying on a budget airline like Frontier or Ryanair is a great way to travel on the cheap. But unless you want to fork over extra cash for a checked or carry-on bag, your luggage options are going to be very restricted.
Typically, you’ll only be able to bring a personal item – usually a small-to-medium sized backpack that must fit underneath your seat. For longer trips, this makes packing quite a challenge.
So don’t go it alone! Here are our best tips for packing for a cheap flight, and vacationing in style – even without extra bags!
Wear Heavy/Bulky Clothing On Your Flight
Wear the heaviest shoes, trousers, top, and jacket/coat/sweater that you’re bringing with you on your flight. If you’re bringing hiking boots, for example, you should wear them – because you definitely won’t be able to fit them in your luggage. This helps you maximise the amount of space that you can use in your bag.
Choose Clothing That Can Be Layered
Layering helps you adjust to changing weather, and saves space. For example, it’s a better idea to bring a long-sleeved t-shirt, a sweater, and a light jacket than it is to bring a heavy coat. You’ll be able to wear your clothes in more conditions, and cut down on bulk while packing.
Think About Weather Conditions At Your Destination
You should check the forecast for your destination, and pack accordingly. If it will be chilly, err on the side of long-sleeves and trousers. If it’s going to be warm, pack more t-shirts, vests, and shorts. Make sure you’re prepared for any potential weather condition.
Roll Your Clothes
Rolling up your clothes instead of folding them actually helps you save space, and minimises wrinkling/creases.
Tie Extra Shoes To The Outside Of Your Bag
If you need to bring an extra pair of shoes, they’re probably not going to fit in your backpack. So just tie them to the straps on the outside of the bag! This is allowed by all major budget airlines, and lets you bring along an additional pair of kicks without paying for a carry-on!
Don’t bring 7 pairs of socks. Bring 3, and plan to do laundry. The same goes for t-shirts, trousers, shorts, underwear, and so on. You’re going to have to make some sacrifices to fit all your clothes into a backpack. Be ready for that, and always err on the side of under-packing. You can always buy an extra t-shirt, underwear, or socks at your destination if you really need to. Consider it an extra souvenir…
Ditch Extra Toiletries
Consider bringing only the bare minimum when it comes to toiletries, and buying things like shampoo and conditioner at your destination. This cuts down on bulk in your luggage, and is still cheaper than paying for an extra bag.
Follow These Tips – Pack Like A Pro!
With these 7 helpful tips, you’ll definitely be able to cram a week’s worth of clothing into even the smallest backpack! Travelling without a checked bag and only a carry-on can be difficult to get used to, but it’s very liberating, and can help you save quite a bit of cash in the long run!