DOES A TWO-WEEK TRIP WITH JUST ONE PIECE OF HAND LUGGAGE SOUND IMPOSSIBLE TO YOU?
Here are some practical tips for optimising your hand luggage weight and space so that you can survive being away from home for two weeks without leaving anything behind.
We will try to answer the most frequently asked questions: “What should I pack? How should I pack my luggage? What should I bring for two weeks?” and most importantly “Can I survive for 2 weeks with one small piece of hand luggage?”
🧳 A two-week trip: is hand luggage or checked luggage better?
Most passengers choose hand luggage for their travels. The main reasons for this are greater convenience, a reduced risk of breakage and loss, and no additional fare costs.
Checked luggage tends to cost more and risks being damaged, stolen or lost.
You carry your hand luggage directly onto the cabin with you, so you do not need to pay checked baggage fees. Furthermore, it will be easier to bring the luggage with you when you are moving through the airport, on stopovers, travelling around towns or on transfers.
If your travel itinerary involves various stops, we recommend using light and practical hand luggage.
🧳 How to choose the right hand luggage
It is essential to choose the right luggage so that you can avoid problems at the airport and above all, save money.
Before packing your suitcase, we recommend checking the luggage dimensions on the airline’s website so that you can make sure that there have not been any changes to the travel rules and allowances. Also check the luggage dimensions of any other airlines if your travel includes stopovers.
Once you have checked the dimensions, we recommend that you check the size of the luggage you are planning to use to make sure that it will be accepted and will not incur any additional costs for being stowed in the hold.
If your luggage does not fall within the new indicated dimensions, we recommend the guide to choosing new luggage.
We advise choosing and purchasing the lightest hand luggage you can find in order to take full advantage of the weight and size allowances imposed by the major airlines.
🧳 Hand luggage for a two-week trip: is a trolley case or rucksack better?
You will have no doubt wondered if a small trolley case or a rucksack would be better for your trip. You do not have to choose one or the other!
We recommend a solution where you can have the best of both worlds.
The D-Box cabin trolley case is the ultimate solution for your space and organisation problems. The practical backpack can easily be detached from your trolley case, and it can store your documents, personal devices and other travel items.
The backpack will also come in handy in the cities and places you will visit. It will give you the perfect, secure space to put that “little something” at the last minute; it provides the ideal space for important documents, airline tickets and much more.
🧳 What to put in your hand luggage for a two-week trip
We recommend firstly laying out all your must-bring items on your bed in order to determine how much space they will take up in your luggage.
We recommend packing your luggage by carefully choosing clothing that is suitable for the type of trip and your destination; try to work out what you will most definitely use.
We advise packing one of each type of clothing, by thinking about its style, the places you will visit and the climate at that time of year.
Try to pack viscose or jersey clothes as they do not crease and can easily be washed and dried at any self-service launderette.
To better organise the space inside the luggage, we recommend using travel organisers as these will help you pack and unpack your suitcase with ease.
Optimising the space without creasing the clothing is the biggest challenge for this organiser and the travel cubes will also help prevent clothes getting creased in your luggage.
When preparing your wash bag, we recommend only packing the bare essentials as you will need to place these in the mandatory plastic bag for liquids during the security checks at the airport.
You can buy toiletries as soon as you arrive at your destination in order to leave more space and weight for other items.
Keep an eye on the weight of your luggage; most airlines accept up to 10 kg but check your airline’s website for the maximum weight allowance.
Before leaving for the airport, weigh your luggage with the special luggage scales to avoid any unpleasant surprises and additional costs at the departure gate.
🧳 How to optimise the space inside your suitcase for a two-week trip
After you have chosen what to take with you, it’s time to put everything in your suitcase and be able to close it! Two weeks’ worth of outfits in one piece of hand luggage? It can be done and now we will explain how.
Bulky clothing such as coats, jackets and shoes (big or heavy boots) can be worn during the journey and this will save space and weight in your suitcase.
We recommend packing the heaviest items first, such as shoes. You can put them in a special organiser to ensure hygiene during transport and greater internal organisation. You can stuff folded-up socks into shoes, by filling up the space that would otherwise be left used.
Small items such as accessories, jewellery and other objects, can easily be placed in the inner corners of the suitcase and the small empty spaces that will be created between the clothes. Now you can pack your clothes. How, you ask? Here are some suggestions.
The rule is to fold the clothes as much as possible! After you have chosen the clothes you want to take with you, we recommend that you place them neatly folded in the travel organisers. Ideally use one organiser for each type of clothing: one for underwear, one for knitwear, one for shirts and one for trousers and long dresses. Dividing the bags by type will help you reduce clutter and better organise the internal space.
Remember to pack your wash bag last in an easy-to-reach area; this speeds up security checks and prevents you from having to open up your entire suitcase at the airport.
🧳 What to do if your suitcase won’t close
Remember to only bring the essentials with you as most of your clothes can be worn again.
Doing a load of washing at a self-service launderette or using the hotel’s laundry service will surely make a difference.
Here are some small tips: If you are travelling in a group or with other people, you can make the most of the luggage weight and load allowances by dividing your belongings between the entire group.
Leave anything that you can buy on arrival at home, such as essential toiletries. Remove any snacks, food or other items that you can buy in the airport or on your arrival.
Remember that towels and bed linen are usually provided in hotels, B&Bs and most accommodation.
Shoes take up the most room; we recommend that you wear your biggest and bulkiest shoes for the outward and return journeys. The same thing goes for jackets and clothing that would take up too much space in the suitcase.
Have a good trip!