Hand luggage: Travellers say taking a backpack will make the most of luggage allowance

Airlines across the world are increasingly implementing hand luggage policies in a bid to keep luggage numbers onboard down. Many budget airlines also enforce extra stringent measures with fees attached for those who accidentally go above the limit, which many suggest helps make up for those cheap tickets.

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However, as more of these restrictions come into play, as do the methods savvy travellers are finding to bend the rules and get the most from their allowance.

It seems one specific type of bag is favoured by many holidaymakers who say it can help when it comes to squeezing some extra items on board.

This item is the basic backpack.

As backpacks are often constructed from durable fabric which can be reshaped and encase numerous items, it seems many travellers manage to stuff some extra items in simply by packing strategically.

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One Reddit user explained: “The key is rolling, not folding! I took a standard Herschel backpack to Japan for a week.

“Rolled up all of my clothes super duper tight, and had room for two SLR cameras and souvenirs!”

Another added: “I always use a backpack as a personal item.

“I put all of my socks, underwear, and bras in my backpack, as well as at least 1 or 2 pairs of shoes, so that my suitcase can just be for my clothes.”

Experts also speculate that, along with fitting more items in, personal items such as backpacks are also often unnoticed by airline staff who are usually keen to weigh and measure items before boarding.

Speaking to Express.co.uk, Nicky Kelvin, the Director of Content for The Points Guy UK, explained this is why travellers should make the most of using a personal item if their carrier allows it.

“Most airlines allow you to take a carry-on and a small personal item,” divulged the expert.

“While this could be a tiny purse, typically briefcases, regular-size backpacks and even tote bags or small duffels are usually acceptable, and most airlines won’t bother to weigh or measure it (though it’s still best to stay within the size/weight requirements whenever possible).”

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Experts also speculate that, along with fitting more items in, personal items such as backpacks are also often unnoticed by airline staff who are usually keen to weigh and measure items before boarding.

Mr Kelvin explained this is why travellers should make the most of using a personal item if their carrier allows it.

“Most airlines allow you to take a carry-on and a small personal item,” divulged the expert.

“While this could be a tiny purse, typically briefcases, regular-size backpacks and even tote bags or small duffels are usually acceptable, and most airlines won’t bother to weigh or measure it (though it’s still best to stay within the size/weight requirements whenever possible).”

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Meanwhile, another frequent flier on Reddit revealed they take on the weight of the bag during check-in, and then repack later.

The traveller wrote: “My hack is that they don’t weigh you. I have a SCOTTeVEST that I load up with all my heavy stuff and electronics.

“Once I’m through security I repack everything into my bag.”

The traveller wears a garment with a lot of pockets and fills them with some of their heavier items at check-in.

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This means that, when the hand luggage is weighed by staff, it is much lighter.

However, passengers should remember that while this could work at the check-in desk, at security, passengers will have to empty their pockets.

Emptying their entire luggage into the security trays may raise a few eyebrows and some suspicions to boot.

Ultimately, the key to saving on unexpected fees is to plan well in advance.

Nicky continues: “Have the right size bag for the cabin. EasyJet and BA allow a wider bag for example than most airlines.”

He adds: “Don’t get caught out by this if you make a connection.”