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Give me your hand-luggage only tips, please...


LondonChick 31 | 1,134  
23 Jun 2008 /  #1
I'm making a v. short trip to Poland later this week (2 nights away to be exact) and when I booked my flight, I thought that I'd save a few quid by not taking any checked luggage.

Hmmm... starting to regret this, as I've got to pack a couple of changes of clothes plus take lots of make-up and other assorted lotions and potions.

I'm sure there are plenty of PFers who've travelled to Poland without hand-luggage, so let's have your tips!!
wildrover 98 | 4,451  
23 Jun 2008 /  #2
Don,t take anything you can buy in Polska....I guess its much easier for a guy to travel light...you girls need all kind of stuff we guys don,t.....maybe some of the girls here will enlighten you...
Vincent 9 | 806   Moderator
23 Jun 2008 /  #3
I expect you know this already, but...

Don't put any liquids in your hand luggage...or they will be confiscated :)
wildrover 98 | 4,451  
23 Jun 2008 /  #4
liquids in your hand luggage

This is due to some muppet discovering you can make a bomb with just liquids...so the airlines not suprisingly don,t like you to have them....
OP LondonChick 31 | 1,134  
23 Jun 2008 /  #5
Cheers guys - yup got my zip-lock bag and am decanting everything into smaller bottles as per the regulations.

Does lip gloss still count as a liquid?
Vincent 9 | 806   Moderator
23 Jun 2008 /  #6
This is due to some muppet discovering you can make a bomb with just liquids...so the airlines not suprisingly don,t like you to have them....

and am decanting everything into smaller bottles as per the regulations.

good idea....but could a "would be terrorist" not take bomb making equipment on board in small bottles....I am not suggesting for one minute that you are a terrorist LC :):)
OP LondonChick 31 | 1,134  
23 Jun 2008 /  #7
Here's a quote from the DoT website:

The following is a guide to the security requirements for all passengers departing from UK airports and also provides some advice that will help passengers pass through the security search point as quickly as possible.

Key points to remember:

With effect from 7 January 2008, the one item restriction will no longer apply at certain airports. Click here for more details. The maximum size for items of hand luggage is 56cm x 45cm x 25cm per bag. However, airlines apply their own operational policies governing the number of items of hand baggage which may be taken in to the aircraft cabin.
Before departing we strongly suggest you check with your airline on the cabin baggage arrangements for your particular journey.
Where possible, put all liquid items in your hold baggage. This includes water and other drinks, creams, sprays, pastes and gels.
Liquids, gels and aerosols are only allowed in individual containers of 100ml. All containers must fit comfortably in one, transparent, re-sealable bag no larger than 20cm x 20cm (eg a freezer bag).
We strongly recommend that you take time to read the guidance below before setting off for the airport.

I was wondering whether any other PFers had any "Take a Break" style tips for sticking to these rules.
clouddancer - | 25  
23 Jun 2008 /  #8
Lip gloss definitely counts as a liquid; last time I flew I even put my lipstick in the ziplock bag.

Unless it's a business trip where you need formal wear, just your carry-on should be more than enough for just 2 nights. I fact, in the summer when all your clothes will be lightweight, you should be able to pack one bag for a 4 to 5 days' trip.

If you need tips on what (and how) to pack, www onebag dot com is THE website for you :)

My personal tip: wear as much big/heavy items - jacket, sweater, heaviest shoes) - when you go though security (alternatively, carry them with you as if you've just taken them off).

Also, check the regulations at the particular airports you'll be at. Some airports allow you to carry a handbag/manbag/camerabag/umbrella as a separate item, some don't. You can allot some luggage weight to those, but do check beforehand (I learned this the hard way at the Bournemouth airport where I had to put my handbag inside my carryon and barely escaped checking in my bag - it was 1.5kg too heavy)
OP LondonChick 31 | 1,134  
23 Jun 2008 /  #9
Cheers, Clouddancer.

Unfortunately it's a business trip (so I guess I'll need something smartish to wear to a meeting), plus I've got to pack some formal eveningwear. I was also hoping to pack my running gear too.

Waaaah!! Back to the drawing board :)

And after all that, I decided to spend the extra £16 and pay for checked luggage :)
Vincent 9 | 806   Moderator
24 Jun 2008 /  #10
You know it makes sense.....a woman could not last for two days on hand luggage alone:)...enjoy your trip
polishgirltx  
24 Jun 2008 /  #11
a woman could not last for two days on hand luggage alone:)

lol....hold your horses....that's not true :)
Vincent 9 | 806   Moderator
24 Jun 2008 /  #12
where would you put all your shoes polishgirltx? :)
polishgirltx  
24 Jun 2008 /  #13
all your shoes

what shoes?? lol ;)

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