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Flights tend to go smoothly but sometimes hiccups can prove highly frustrating for passengers. For instance, your hold luggage could get lost en route to your destination or your flight could be cancelled or delayed. In these unfortunate scenarios, canny planning ahead could prove incredibly useful. There’s one thing you should always try to pack in your hand luggage.

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Flights: Hand luggage should always include this one thing just in case

It’s a very good idea to pack an extra set of clothes in your hand luggage.

The spare outfit could prove hugely useful if your journey ends up disrupted.

According to travel site Momondo: “If you have the extra space in your carry-on, it’s always a good idea to throw in a clean set of underwear and an extra change of clothes, in case your luggage gets lost, or your flight is delayed and you have to spend the night at the airport or a nearby hotel.”

If passengers fear that an extra outfit might take up space – there’s a clever packing hack that will help.

Bag company Trakkle has revealed the top trick in a Youtube video which explains how best to go about this packing method. 

It is called the ‘overnight burrito’ as it sees the traveller tightly packing enough stuff needed for one night in a nifty burrito style.

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In the video, the demonstrator manages to pack a T-shirt, underwear, a pair of socks, a charger and a toothbrush.

The end result is so small it will easily fit inside a bag suitable for Ryanair hand luggage – which is key since the airline clamped down on its baggage allowance. 

Travellers should also pack their valuables inside their hand luggage too, in case hold luggage gets lost and is out of your control.

To protect your hand luggage items from getting messy as a result of the liquids you pack, there is a nifty trick to put to use.

The top tip to deal with spilt liquids is to go one step further than simply screwing the lids on things tightly.

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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.

Also important to pack in your hand luggage are scanned copies of your passport and driving licence. 

“Many tour operators will ask for your driving licence just to make sure you know how to drive, and likewise the bars will want to see some form of ID to ensure you are in fact old enough to drink based on the local laws,” said Teresa Gwilt, founder of travel pillow company Muffie.

“It’s best to leave your driving license and passport tucked away in the safe in your hotel, and take out scanned copies of your ID with you as identification. This will prevent any dramas should you lose your belongings or find someone has stolen them.”

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