You have found an extraordinary plane ticket but the price includes only one personal item. What does this mean? Should you pony and pay extra for a larger hand baggage or carry-on baggage? Is it possible to take a trip with just a small backpack or handbag?
I'm here to tell you that yes, it's possible. Although not ideal, traveling only with a personal item can be a great way to spend a super cheap holiday for a few days. And if you like the minimalist lifestyle, you can stretch it up to a week or more. More and more airlines are selling super cheap flights that include only a personal item in the hope that most passengers pay extra for bags and / or other incidental expenses. If you do not want to pay more than the low rate you were attracted to, use these tips to travel only with a personal sized bag.
What is a personal object?
First of all, let's clarify what exactly a personal object is. The exact dimensions vary depending on the airline, but they are usually a maximum of about 18x14x8 inches and up to 22 pounds. Each airline and individual employees vary according to the degree of compliance with these limits. In general, think of small backpacks, big bags or small wheeled bags that fit under the seat in front of you on an airplane.
The growing number of airlines that only include a small personal item in the base price of the lower class includes Allegiant, Flair Air, Frontier, Spirit, Sun Country, Swoop and United. There are also some international carriers that only include a small personal item in the initial price you see as Primera Air and WOW Air. Read on to learn how to take advantage of these airlines' low cost flights.
What to bring when you only pack a personal item
You will have to be extremely demanding about what goes into your bag if you are planning to travel only with a personal item. There is no space to carry items on a "just in case" basis. A general rule of thumb is to bring a total of about three suits, including what you decide to wear during the trip. Of course, this varies depending on how long you travel and what other items might be more important to you.
It is usually best to leave the laptop behind these trips because the added weight can make you balance the balance and many of your computer needs can be done with a smartphone a day today. A tablet or an e-reader can be a good alternative if you prefer to have a bigger screen. That said, it's not very common for airlines to actually weigh your personal item, even if some insist.
Below, I've included a list of what I usually carry with me when I only pack a personal item. This list is obviously more geared towards male travelers, but I have tried to include some similar examples for travelers as well. The number of items of clothing actually depends on how light your clothes are and how long you plan to travel. Remember to wear your most bulky items and some layers on the plane. Take a look at these 16 perfect garments to wear on your next flight.
Toiletries / personal items:
Make sure your liquids are TSA compliant.
Travel documents and money:
The key to traveling only with a personal object is that you should bring only a pair of shoes. For this reason, you will have to choose wisely on which couple to wear and make sure it is a comfortable and versatile shoe that can be used for daily visits and that is also beautiful to wear for a night out of town.
Of course, if you travel for more than a few days, you will have to find a place to do your laundry. This is usually quite cheap and the pocket laundry works well if you need to wash something quickly. If you need to travel for a formal event, wear your formal attire on the flight to save space in your bag and even so do not fold. You may also be noticed for an up-to-date place if you look pushed and the airline needs to upgrade all passengers to open oversold Economy seats.
How to pack your personal item
After putting aside some layers of your most voluminous items to wear on the plane, it's time to fill all your items in your small personal bag. To save as much space as possible, roll up your clothes and keep things organized by placing your clothes in a drawstring bag or in a reusable shopping bag before placing them in your personal sized bag. Do the same for your sandals or flip-flops so that the other objects do not get dirty or if space is essential, you can easily apply a pair of sandals to the outside of the bag with carabiners. An elastic cord can also be useful for tying larger items in the bag that you do not want to wear if it's too hot during the trip.
Some items such as heavy coats do not fit a personal sized bag, so if you're going in a colder weather, you'll have to carry or carry these items on the outside of the bag. I also like to bring a small plastic bag with snacks or buy a take-away meal at the airport to bring it on board. If the space in your personal object is tight, you can always put some items in your snack bag and you'll probably never have a problem getting on board a plane this way.
Bags for personal items to adapt to everything you need
Choosing the right bag for personal items is essential to adapt to what you need for your trip. It's a good idea to check the airline's dimensional requirements for specific limitations, although unless the bag is too big, I do not think many gate agents actually size these bags. There are many options to choose from for bags for personal items. A small backpack is ideal for organizing as it usually includes many different compartments and also allows you to be hands-free when you travel. If you prefer wheeled bags, there are also some small enough to stand under the seat of an airplane. Another option is to go with a big bag, which can usually be adapted to most items. Here are some bags that I recommend.
The additional bonus of not dragging you behind extra bags will also save you money once you get to your destination. Public transportation options suddenly do not look too bad when you carry only a small bag and you can put your extra money to taste the local food or enjoy the attractions during your trip.
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