How to pack for the plane

If there’s one bag that needs care­ful pack­ing, it’s the one you’ll take on board your flight. Find out how to do it from this ex­tract from Lonely Planet’s new book How to Pack for Any Trip, by Sarah Bar­rell and Kate Si­mon.

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Carry-on bag

Carry a ca­pa­cious bag that can be in­stantly opened for easy delv­ing; you don’t want to be con­stantly zip­ping and un­zip­ping. A struc­tured rather than a soft bag is prefer­able, to stop your pos­ses­sions spilling every­where when you put it down.

Re­mem­ber to close your bag on leav­ing the plane – if it hasn’t got a zip or clasp, tuck a shawl or cardi­gan tightly over the top and plonk a cheap, heavy item such as a book on top.

Con­tents

Keep or­der within your bag by com­part­men­tal­is­ing items such as keys, money and doc­u­ments, leav­ing big items such as books and tablets loose.

In­vest in a multi-pocket in­ner that is spe­cially de­signed for the job. Plas­tic fold­ers with a press-stud close are good for keep­ing doc­u­ments neat and safe. Go retro with a pen­cil case.

An in­ex­pen­sive al­ter­na­tive is to use old make-up bags or even ba­sic plas­tic ones:

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