Know your airlines weight limits, roll your clothing and put your underwear in your shoes – all the tips you’ll need for the long weekend.

Enjoy your holiday baggage charge-free

Enjoy your holiday baggage charge-free

Holiday excitement begins the moment we start browsing for travel destinations, but new research released by TravelSupermarket finds the majority of holidaymakers experience major stress before their trip even begins.

Knowing you have the correct baggage allowance tops the list of ‘biggest stresses’ for holidaymakers, closely followed by fear of missing a flight, losing a passport or wallet, bad weather once you’ve reached your destination or being disappointed with the hotel.

This bank holiday, just shy of 17m Brits will be embarking on a long weekend away. The younger generation and those in a relationship are more likely to take advantage of the long weekend in contrast to the over 60s and those not in relationships.

Number one on the list of the nation’s top holiday destinations this Bank Holiday is the city of love and home of Disneyland, Paris - followed by Rome, Majorca, New York and Tenerife.

However, on everyone’s minds is the price tag the holidays will come with. Nearly 40 per cent of Brits surveyed in the research commissioned by TravelSupermarket feel holidays this year will cost them more than previous years. It is no surprise then that the nation spends nearly six months saving to pay for their holidays in contrast to just over a month spent planning their main holiday. The research found the average spend on holidays is estimated at £1,379 per person.

How can the nation make the most of their time off without breaking the bank? Amongst the top tips holidaymakers would give to others, include: Check your passport’s expiry date, make sure you know the airline’s carry-on baggage allowance, ensure you have all the essential documents, protect yourself with travel insurance and make sure your home is secure in your absence.

All the main airlines hand luggage weight allowances are as follows;

  • Jet 2 – 10kg free hand luggage allowance – 56 x 45 x 25 cm hand baggage size
  • Ryanair – 10kg in one bag plus a small bag no bigger than 35 x 20 x 20 cm – 56 x 40 x 26 cm hand baggaze size
  • EasyJet – No limit but must fit into overhead locker unaided, one bag allowed – max size of 56 x 45 x 25 cm
  • FlyBe – 10kg across two small bags – 55 x 35 x 20 cm hand baggage size
  • British Airways – One bag up to 23kg plus a personal handbag or laptop – 56 x 45 x 25 cm for your main bag, 40 x 30 x 15 cm for the personal bag
  • Monarch – EITHER 10kg bag in one bag or 10kg across two bags with combined size of no bigger than 56 cm x 40 cm x 25 cm, plus a small duty free bag – 56 x 46 x 25 cm hand baggage size
  • Thomson (flight only) – 5kg in one small bag – 55 x 40 x 20 cm hand baggaze size
  • Thomas Cook (flight only) – 5kg in one bag plus laptop or small handbag and duty free purchases – 55 x 40 x 20 cm hand baggage size

Emma Coulthurst, travel expert from TravelSupermarket says: “Planning ahead is my top tip for a stress-free holiday. I recommend making a ‘to do’ list, from getting your travel insurance in place on the day you book your holiday to arranging your airport parking, travel money and car hire well in advance to ensure that you get the best deal.   

“When it comes to packing, it is so easy to over pack. I do it myself. I find that it is good to pack a couple of days before and then decide what you literally won’t have time to wear – there is only so much time to wear 20 outfits in seven days, particularly if you’re spending most of your day by the pool! Also, find out what the hotel provides so you don’t double up. You should also weigh and check the size of your hold and hand luggage (every airline has a different policy) before you turn up at the airport to avoid being charged extra at the check-in desk or gate.

“If you leave things until you get there, you will face over-priced car hire and may even find the car you want is not available – something I’ve learnt from experience not to do! Similarly, purchasing your travel money at the airport will mean you get a lot less cash for your hard-earned money. Being organised will give you peace of mind, save you money and enable you to have that brilliant holiday feeling even before you leave home.”

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