Most people can tell you when packing, put everything on your bed that you want to take and then halve it! (or at least put away a third of it!)

Don’t even think twice when you do this, just be ruthless. You’ll have a much less stressful trip particularly when travelling to multiple destinations.

Most people overpack, the airlines are doing you a favor the more they become stringent on the weight you can take. The downside and the upside with a round the world ticket is that you can take 2 bags when travelling via North America and this rule applies to your entire journey. This gives you up to 46kg of luggage in economy and 60kg in business class. Until you get to your last one or two destinations avoid taking that much luggage like the plague!

Here are some of our tips…

  • Buy a good quality case if you planning on doing more than one trip per year. Trust us that extra $50-100 will see you buying a new case far less often.
  • Never pay full retail for a case. Try and pick one up in post Christmas or stocktake sales, they have a high markup so you can often get a good case 40% off.
  • Don’t buy a black suitcase. If you do put a bright label or colorful tag on it.
  • Soft cases are very durable when thrown around, they give. Hard cases, despite their quality, can take a big knock and crack.
  • Keep your most valuable items in your carry on luggage or on your person. This way they are with you at all times. These things include your passport, money, wallet, itinerary, travel vouchers and details of where you are staying at your upcoming destinations. Never pack your travel vouchers, buy a small travel wallet and keep them in your top pocket with your passport.
  • If you need medical items make sure they are labelled as they were from the pharmacist and if necessary take a doctor’s letter. Check with the airline before flying, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
  • Clearly label your luggage inside & out and use locks wherever possible. If your bag is not unique, it is advisable to tie or sew something bright onto it so that you will recognise it on the conveyor belts.
  • Check on the hotel websites as to what they have there, for example soap and hair dryers. If you need to take shampoo buy a small container and fill it up instead of taking the full retail size. Leave a bit of air in the container.
  • Don’t take valuable jewellery where possible, and if you must ensure that it is covered on either travel or home & contents insurance.
  • Become a roller, not a folder.
  • Weigh your bag before, if you are over 20kg rethink it, airlines are charging over $60/kg and they are sick of waiving their fees.

Carry-on Luggage

Any liquids, aerosols and gels that passengers want to take in their carry-on baggage have to comply with the following requirements:

“Each container of liquids, aerosols or gels in your carry-on baggage must be 100 millilitres/grams or less. All the containers must be sealed in a transparent, one-litre plastic bag. You are only allowed one plastic bag. Any transparent resealable bag of one litre capacity or less is allowed. Please note, these bags must be independently resealable. Bags sealed with items such as sticky tape, rubber bands or ribbons will not be accepted”. For more information on clear resealable bags please see the frequently asked questions section of this website.

You may still carry on board prescription medicines. Baby products and non-prescription medicines that you need for the flight are also allowed. Proof of need may be required.

When you get to the screening point, you will have to surrender any liquids, aerosols or gels greater than 100ml/g that you still have with you, including duty free. The rules also introduced random frisk searches as part of the screening process.”

Source: infrastructure.gov.au/transport/security/aviation/LAG/index.aspx

The most common mistake made with carry on liquids is the container size must be less than 100ml, not just what is inside the container. Many deodorant cans are 110g/ml so be sure to buy travel appropriate toiletries if you plan to take them onboard with you. These restrictions do not apply to checked-in luggage.