Holiday Hand Luggage Only Packing Guide

Off on holiday? Don’t want to pay those baggage fees? Taking hand luggage only but not got enough room in your holiday hand luggage? Nonsense!

Exactly what do you need for a sunshine break? Access to water and some washing powder or liquid, that’s what! And our simple holiday hand luggage only packing guide.

Holiday hand luggage only checklist

So, let’s go through our checklist, with some handy hints and tips for your holiday hand luggage only.

Beach cover up – an essential holiday item. Choose wisely and your cover-up can double as a dress in the evening, like this cute little orange number from J by Jasper Conran @ Debenhams (£38).

holiday hand luggage only cover-up

Sunglasses are holiday essentials. Don’t forget these, at the very top of that holiday hand luggage packing!  We love this pair from JOY (£18)

holiday hand luggage only sunnies

Swimwear is a beach or pool holiday essential. Make sure you take enough, of whatever type you love. Bikinis and swimsuits are easy to pack and take up little space. Take half the amount for the time you are going to be there, we’d say. We love H&M’s tiny peacock feather print string bikini (top £12.99, bottoms £7.99), but we equally adore the retro-inspired striped bikini (top £26.50, bottoms £20) from Floozie by FrostFrench @ Debenhams. And we love this black pleated plunge swimsuit (£32), from Red Herring @ Debenhams.

holiday hand luggage swimwear

Shorts – a holiday hand luggage only essential. Make then denim – they work for the day and evening, and will go with whatever tops you have with you. We like this pair from H&M (£19.99)

holiday hand luggage only shorts

So, talking of tops – take a few. Wear one (obviously) to go, and then take just a few, plain and patterned, that work for day and night. A Bardot neck leopard print style (£14.99, New Look) is perfect. A plain white vest (or any colour you like), works brilliantly and you can roll these into nothing! This one’s just £3.99 from H&M. French Connection’s cute cami top is a sale bargain, down from £55 to £27.

holiday hand luggage only tops

How wonderful is this white lace sheer dress from New Look (£19.99). Perfectly packable for holiday hand luggage only packing, and great for day and night. Love it.

holiday hand luggage only dress

We love a playsuit. Perfect beach cover-up, perfect daytime outfit, and perfect evening outfit – just add heels. This one, from GAP is in the sale, just £12.99, and in comfortable jersey. Fabulous.

holiday hand luggage only playsuit

Undies are, of course, an essential. But don’t overload your luggage with them. Take just a few pairs of knickers, whatever style you love, these strings are £7.99 from H&M,  and don’t bother with an extra bra. Remember, you can wash it, and you most likely won’t be wearing one most days.

holiday hand luggage only undies

So, you might only have one bag for getting on the plane, but you will need a couple of bags when you get there. How cute is this beach bag/shopper from H&M (£12.99), and we love this Aztec inspired clutch from New Look (£22.99) for evenings.

holiday hand luggage only bags

Sandals are probably the only holiday footwear you need to take. Flat, like these gladiators from Schuh, £45, or wedge or heel, it’s your call. Buy flip-flops (along with a towel and a hat) when you’re there, and wear your walking shoes, or trainers to travel in. Most people take far too many shoes on holiday and there is no need!

holiday hand luggage only sandals