Packing, for many, can be the most stressful part of any trip.

Whether it’s two weeks away with the family, a business trip abroad or your honeymoon, the stress of what to take, what to leave and how to fit it all in the cases.

Fortunately, hand luggage is a thing. This gives you the means to take essential items on the plane with you and have them ‘to hand’ during the flight.

Once you’ve booked your trip, booked the time off work and, obviously, invested in a solid travel insurance policy, it’s time to pack and jet off. Here is our guide to packing hand luggage.

Pack your valuables in your hand luggage

It doesn’t matter where you are going or how well you’ve made your suitcase stand out from the crowd, your luggage can still go missing. Therefore, you should always ensure your most valuable possessions are with you at all times, so if the worst does happen, you haven’t lost the items which are hardest to replace.

Pack a change of clothes

Again, if the worst does happen to your luggage, it’s important you at least have a change of clothes just in case it takes a long time to retrieve your cases. This spare outfit should reflect where you are going; for example, if you are travelling to Canada you should make sure you have warm clothing packed somewhere in your hand luggage.

If you have room, it’s a good idea to pack more than one outfit, especially one for the evening.

Consider your restrictions

You should also bear in mind that different airlines have different baggage allowances; so, depending on who you go with, you may find you have a big restriction in terms of how much hand luggage you can bring with you on the plane.

You can find this information out from the airline and it’s always best to check well before you start packing. The last thing you want is to have to repack at the airport because your hand luggage is over capacity.

As you will probably already know, there are certain items that you can’t take on a plane. Most famously, you aren’t permitted to take containers of more than 100ml’s worth of liquids on the plane. This includes the likes of deodorants and toothpaste.

As long as they are not in containers of over 100ml, prescription medicines and tablets are all permitted. Razors are fine to take on the aeroplane but no other sharp objects are allowed.

This should not be construed as advice and is for guidance only.