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Smart Consumer: How to beat those carry-on luggage rules

Tina Leonard

Published 17/06/2010 | 05:00

Tina Leonard packs her holiday wardrobe in the new Ryanair/Samsonite carry-on bag. Photo: Ronan Lang
Tina Leonard packs her holiday wardrobe in the new Ryanair/Samsonite carry-on bag. Photo: Ronan Lang

When it's time to pack for holidays, many people will assume that they'll need to pay for checked-in luggage if they want to bring their favourite swimsuits, sun screen and sandals.

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Instead, why not buy the sun screen when you arrive (it's probably cheaper), decant the rest of your potions and lotions into small bottles, ditch the shoes you won't wear and pack light?

This way, you can just bring carry-on luggage and save €15-€35 each way with Ryanair and €12-€20 each way with Aer Lingus in checked-in luggage fees. The savings could well buy you two or more meals in Spain!

Ryanair has teamed up with Samonsite to create a soft-sided carry-on bag that complies with their carry-on size restrictions (55cm x 40cm x 20cm) and is decked out in the navy and yellow of the airline.

The key here is that it's 'soft-sided', so if you pack too much and it expands, you may well go over the size limit, or even the 15kg allowance, and then you're back to paying.

I decided to practise packing, using the received wisdom of 'rolling' rather than folding clothes, to see how much I could fit in my Ryanair bag.

I packed a pair of espadrilles, flip-flops, two linen trousers, two skirts, a dress, a cardigan, five T-shirts, two blouses, two bikinis, two sarongs, seven knickers and four bras, a handbag and two books, as well as potions and lotions in the 20cm x 20cm plastic bag. Not a bother or a bulge!

The bag costs €79 and is available when booking on ryanair.com.

And no matter what airline that you're flying, do make sure to try your best to adopt a minimalist packing policy.

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