Tips to travelling with hand luggage

If you needed some reasons, travelling light will make your trip cheaper, faster and easier especially if you’re taking a flight. Most airlines now charge for checked-in luggage, so you’ll save money by opting for hand luggage only. We also love that it reduces the time spent in the airport before security and at baggage collection giving you more time to explore London, Edinburgh, Glasgow or Dundee.

Choosing a bag

It’s only worthwhile if you stick to the rules. Make sure you check your airline requirements, but British Airways let you take one bag about 56cm x 45cm x 25cm plus a small hand bag. To get the most from your space, choose one with square corners and soft sides. You’ll also have to keep the weight limit in mind when stuffing in that extra pair

Leave it at home

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You won’t need the kitchen sink for two days in London, but you will need your beauty staples and clothes that suit the UK’s climate. If you’re staying with us in London, Edinburgh, Glasgow or Dundee, we’ve included some handy essentials in every room to make your packing lives easier. Some upgraded rooms even have bathrobes and slippers.

All rooms include:

  • Hairdryer
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Elemis toiletries including shower gel, shampoo, conditioner and moisturiser
  • Shower cap and face cloth
  • Tissues
  • Snacks (Pringles, Biscuits or Jelly Beans)
  • Sewing kit
  • Kettle
  • Bottled water, tea, hot chocolate and coffee

Available from reception:

  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Shaving kit
  • Travel plug adapters
  • Umbrella


We all pack more than we need, try to decide on outfits rather than throwing in 10 t-shirts in the hope you’ll cover all bases. You’ll be able to take liquids of less than 100ml in your hand luggage so stock up on miniatures like toothpaste and buy some handy 100ml bottles to store extra toiletries. These can be reused when you get home for your next trips or even your gym bag.

Writing a list will help ensure you don’t miss anything. It’s easy to start writing a list a few days before you leave adding anything onto it that you use at home that you will need. This means you won’t forget the things you pack last minute like phone chargers and a toothbrush.

Don’t forget your passport, tickets, bank cards and your booking confirmations.


Once you’ve got all the items that made the cut, it’s time to fit them in. Rolling, neatly folding and stuffing shoes with socks will become your new favourite secrets, you’ll be surprised how much you can take in a small bag. But don’t forget to leave room for your Apex duck on the way home!