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Flights, especially cheaper ones with budget airlines such as Ryanair, now have very tight hand luggage rules. It can be tricky to pack everything into one cabin bag if you’re looking to avoid paying extra fees. Consequently, it’s important to be as clever as you can when assembling hand luggage and make sure space is used wisely. Travel expert Adam Ewart, CEO of luggage delivery business Send My Bag, has explained one of his top tips.

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When it comes to making hand luggage – and beating airline’s baggage rules – no space can afford to be wasted.

It’s easy to prioritise clothes such as jeans, skirts and tops, but it’s just as important to be canny with socks and underwear.

Packing these with care could make all the difference as they can hardly take up any room if dealt with well.

Adam told Express.co.uk: “Rolling your clothes (not folding!) is a great way to maximise the space in your bag.

“Use the same principle with your socks and underwear and then tuck them inside your shoes. These techniques will save you space in the rest of your bag.”

Versatile items will also prove highly useful. One such item – especially if you’re going to a warm destination – is a sarong.

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“A sarong is great for a hot day but can also be used as a changing room at the beach,” Adam said.

Further uses include: “A tablecloth for a picnic, a scarf if you’re chilly, a makeshift satchel for your souvenirs, a pillow when you’re weary, a head scarf to protect you from the sun… the list goes on. Be inventive and pack multiple-use items.”

The fabric of your clothing could make all the difference when packing for a budget airline flight.

“Consider the fabric of the clothing you’re taking and factor in its quality, thickness, weight, and texture,” Adam said.

“Try and whittle your selection down where possible to clothing that is durable, light, and isn’t bulky.

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“Synthetic materials are often better than cotton because they’re lighter, smaller and they dry faster.”

Make sure you’re savvy when it comes to liquids, too. Travelling with just hand luggage means you’ll inevitably have to include some in your bag – but if they leak in transit you could be left with a real mess when you arrive at your destination.

A top tip to deal with this is to go one step further than simply screwing the lids on things tightly. 

It’s much better to place a piece of clingfilm over the top of the bottle or jar and then close the lid firmly. This should minimise any spills should the worst happen during transit.

Investing in bars of soap and shampoo is also a clever way to get around the thorny problem of liquids. As long as they are suitably wrapped they won’t make a mess and nor will you be limited with how much you can bring as they won’t be classed as liquids.

For travellers who are confused about how much hand luggage Ryanair customers can take – this is what you need to know. 

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