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If you're lucky enough to be heading on holiday this summer, it might feel like you have a bit of a mountain to climb before you get to your destination. Chaotic stories of airport delays and cancellations have been dominating the news, as industry experts have been advising travellers to only take hand luggage to reduce delays and minimise the chance of baggage going missing.
Andy Prendergast, national secretary of the GMB union, told The Daily Telegraph: "If people can check in online and do not take [large] bags, that limits the disruption. It's not a magic bullet but it does reduce the chance of there being problems." But it's not always that easy to get all your essentials into a carry-on bag.
According to Stitch Fix, a third of Brits admit they find packing stressful and half leave it to the last minute. We spend an average of one hour and 40 minutes per trip deciding what to take, and this is made even more difficult when trying to squeeze things into a smaller bag.
While you might have been searching for a case that fits the airline's strict baggage measurements, there has been an Amazon find going viral on TikTok. One user, @franchescarosee, posted a video of her packing in a Kono under-the-seat holdall that fits perfectly under the chair in front on a flight. She managed to fill it to the brim with clothes, shoes, and toiletries while still meeting the hand-luggage requirements.
TikTok users flocked to get their hands on the roomy holdall, so the exact one is typically sold out. However, we have alternative options as well as tips from organisational expert Sophie Liard, also known as @thefoldinglady, who is working with Stitch Fix, and Frej Lewenhaupt, cofounder and CEO at Steamery.
While we all know curating a capsule wardrobe and packing with clothes that can be styled in multiple ways is a great start, it can still be stressful trying to squeeze, repack, and move things around in your bag. From wearing key pieces to the airport to always packing a steamer, allow the experts to help start your holiday off in the most stress-free way possible.