Pack a holiday in your hand luggage and stay below the 10kg limit

Pack a holiday in your hand luggage and stay below the 10kg limit

06/23/2022

Pack a holiday in your hand luggage: AMY KESTER explains how to stay below the 10kg limit- without scrimping on style

  • Hand luggage is way of ensuring you are not parted from your essentials 
  • FEMAIL has rounded up list of items to help you pack light
  • Each has been weighed and forms part of the only packing list you need 

Nothing fades that holiday glow faster than a missing suitcase. So photos of lost luggage piled high at Heathrow last week sent shudders down our spine.

But there is a way to stay stylish while ensuring you and your essentials are not parted: hand luggage. The only problem? Trying to cram a week’s worth of clothes and accessories into one carry-on with a 10kg maximum weight. But Femail’s fashion team has your back with this forensic guide to packing light. Each item has been weighed and chosen to keep you cool and ahead of the fashion (and airport) crowd.

And, for the ultimate cheat, we’ve not included cosmetics or toiletries. Instead, get your miniatures once you are airside. From dresses that won’t wrinkle to the lightest-weight wedges on the market, here’s the only packing list you need…

Cabin case, antler.co.uk, 2.8kg

Always check the weight of your suitcase before purchasing. Luxury British brand Antler have stylish polycarbonate suitcases that are both strong and light.

Straw shopper, H&M, 437g

This large straw shopper can be squashed into your case and is big enough to fit your towel.

 Hat, Rae Feather, 90g

But Rae Feather’s woven hat designs can be easily rolled up and pop back into shape.

Folding sunglasses, Ray Ban at Sunglass Hut, 40g

As for sunglasses, ditch the case and take these nifty foldable Wayfarers. 

 

 Flip-flops, Havaianas, 290g 

Which to pick — beach casual or nicer sandals for nighttime? You can have both with these metallic Havaianas. 

 Silk scarf, L.K. Bennett, 96g

This silk scarf could double as a beach top if you tie two corners as a halterneck and two behind your back.

Relaxed pyjama set, Honna London, 200g

 Wear this organic cotton lounge set for breakfast on the terrace, or, for a casual day at the beach, pop the shorts on over a swimsuit.

Reversible swimsuit, Benetton, 85g 

A reversible swimsuit will save you pennies and room. This halterneck is made from regenerated ocean and landfill waste. 

Boyfriend shirt, WNU, 210g 

Linen is your go-to for hot days. This shirt can be worn open over swimwear or loose over trousers. 

Maxi skirt, Me+Em, 356g 

 Shirred top means this works as a strapless dress, too.


Ring, 2g and necklaces, Hey Harper, 38g — total 40g 

Hey Harper create waterproof jewels that won’t tarnish when swimming or applying sun cream. 

 Hey Harper- 38g

Hey Harper create waterproof jewels that won’t tarnish when swimming or applying sun cream. 

 

Organic cotton t-shirt, The White Company, 200g

 A simple white T-shirt is always a fail-safe. 

 Linen shorts, Boden, 185g 

Denim tends to be weightier than cotton and linen — and less comfy in hot weather — so swap for a lighter alternative.

 Silk kimono, Paolita, 140g 

This beautiful kimono features bell sleeves and a tassel waist tie. 

Canvas espadrille wedges, Castaner, approx 600g

 On cobbled streets, heels aren’t always practical. These wedges are made from durable canvas.

 Beach towel, Dock & Bay at John Lewis, 380g

Towels can be bulky, but not all hotels provide them. Dock & Bay’s towel is lightweight and comes in a pouch. 

 Wide-leg trousers, Zara, 233g 

These have natural creases, so if they gain a few, they won’t look out of place. 

 

 Clutch, Accessorize, 90g

 Currency, phone, lipstick — there’s not much else you need. This lemon slice purse is slim and easy to pack. 

Bundle pack of 5 knickers, Modibodi, 184g

Modibodi have a great range of moisture-wicking styles to ensure you stay fresh and cool. 

 Non-wired bralette, M&S, £12, 56g

Ditch your pesky underwires in the heat and opt for a bralette (unless strong support is essential). This features Flexifit technology, meaning it moves with you for comfort. 

 Ikat top, Jigsaw, 275g 

Pack a printed blouse to go with your plainer basics to elevate your outfit. 

Dip-dye maxi (out on July 7),  phase-eight.com, 330g

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