Friday, 16 November 2012

Packing for Low Cost Air Travel

Packing for Low Cost Air Travel
my carry-on bag
I just read in Travelmole that some passengers got banned last week from boarding a flight for carrying jackets and jumpers on board a Ryanair flight. Carrying, not lugging in a suitcase that didn't fit in the overhead bin.

I'm writing this as I'm getting ready to go on a trip to Jordan and I'm finding it harder and harder these days to pack. Can't bring big bottles of shampoo, creams or body lotion. Can't bring anything sharp or heavy or too large. Can't bring a handbag unless it fits in your carry on bag. And if you do want to check in your case, you pay a hefty charge for it.

No wonder people will try to wear their stuff instead of adding costs to their cheap airline ticket. But now that there's talk of some airlines looking into charging for carry-on luggage not letting you board with your jackets and sweaters in hand, what is a girl to do? Travel naked?

A good friend of mine used to say that all we need when we go on holiday is a toothbrush,  one pair of knickers and an eraser and I think that's what it will come down to in the world of low cost air travel.

I know it's all about trying to educate passengers not to bring too much on their holidays, which equals less fuel, which equals cheaper airfares, which is supposed to lead to many happy passengers.

But I wonder, as I'm trying to squeeze my travel size shampoo bottle, and my tiny handbag into my teeny suitcase, all it makes me is grumpy. Very very grumpy. Next time it's a high cost airline all the way!

5 comments:

  1. I once saw the Ryanair crew telling the passengers they can't take their shopping, they did at the airport, on the plane and told them to hide it in their hand luggage. I don't know if it's legal, but no one said anything.
    I really don't like low cost airlines. I honestly think they rip people off. And I agree, the whole thing with packing is a total nightmare!

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  2. When I fly Ryanair I constantly have my bag checked for its size. They're so petty. I'm thinking about a trip to Scandinavia next year and BA is looking good for cost and you can take on loads of luggage! I think this might be the future!

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  3. I always take a when I fly home to holland. At least I can bring back a lot of liquid things I like and don't have to pay an arm and a leg for it!!

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  4. Good thing, I always travel with cheap airlines making me all conditioned of their what and what's not to bring. Sure, it was always a hassle on your first time but when you get use it it, its just like breathing. :)

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  5. I suppose so, but they still won't let me bring back my Dutch green pea soup!! ;-)

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