Ryanair and easyJet only offer their customers a limited amount of hand luggage on flights. These strict carry on baggage rules can prove infuriating to holidaymakers. For those wanting to keep costs low and just travel with hand luggage, the restrictions can make packing tricky.
Consequently, it’s important to be savvy when including liquids in carry on luggage.
Adam Ewart, founder of luggage shipping company Send My Bag, has shared his top packing tips to help passengers.
Ryanair and easyJet passengers should definitely steer clear of packing toiletries, Ewart explained.
“There are few more heavy and bulky items than bottled liquids, gels and aerosols,” he said.
“They are also prone to leaking and can cause a security concern.
“Items such as shampoo, conditioner, body wash and sunblock can be bought at your destination for minimal amounts versus luggage costs with most airlines.”
For those hoping to avoid splurging on mini toiletries, it can be worth decanting the required liquids into 100ml bottles.
Another top tip is to invest in solid bars of shampoo and body wash as these won’t count as liquids and will help you save space.
Plane passengers need to be aware a certain type of liquids cannot be in hand luggage even if they’re under 100ml.
The government cautions that travellers cannot pack liquids in containers larger than 100ml.
Website gov.uk explains: “Liquids in containers larger than 100ml generally cannot go through security even if the container is only part full.”
So, for instance, if your tube of toothpaste is more than 100ml but there’s only a bit left – you still cannot take it through airport security.
The hand luggage liquid allowance restrictions were introduced back in 2006.
It came after British police foiled a terror plot which saw terrorists smuggling explosives.
The incident was the largest terror plot ever discovered in Britain. The terrorists had improvised explosive devices which they had disguised in soft drink bottles.
The bottles were in their hand luggage along with a large number of batteries – which raised the alarm.
The terrorists were intending to assemble the bombs onboard planes and detonate them with the aim was of killing thousands of people by blasting up to 10 transatlantic flights.
Had the terror plot succeeded it would have caused civilian casualties on an “unprecedented scale,” then-home secretary John Reid said.