EasyJet hand luggage packing tips – the best hacks to save cash on cabin bag fees

EASYJET has slashed its prices on autumn and winter sunshine holidays, in a bid to tempt more Brits abroad now that travel restrictions are set to ease in October.

But even if you get a bargain plane fare, it's easy to get stung on luggage fees if cabin crew catch you overpacking your cabin allowance.

That's become easier to do since the airline introduced new rules meaning cabin bags must be no bigger than 45cm x 36cm x 20cm, which includes the handle and the wheels, compared to the previous maximum size of  56cm x 45cm x 25cm.

Recently, a man was forced to fork out another £24 after staff told him his two inch wheels meant his suitcase was too large to be taken into the cabin.

Despite having travelled with the same suitcase with easyJet before, the passenger was told he would have to pay to put the bag in the hold for the one hour flight from Edinburgh Airport to London Stansted .

There are a number of tricks for getting around the luggage requirements though, read on to find out more…

Use a Duty Free carrier bag

According to Money Saving Expert, there is a loophole that allows passengers to take a second bag onto the plane, so long as it is "one standard bag of goods bought at the airport." 

So, say you buy something from WH Smith like a magazine, you could also slip in their your refillable water bottle and a couple of books, if you're struggling to get them in your hand luggage.

Use a holdall instead of a small suitcase

According to travel blogger The wandering wanderluster, easyJet is more lenient with soft holdall bags than those little wheely suitcases everyone has.

They said: "Soft bags allow for more flexibility when trying to squeeze them into the crates is its checked at the gate, and they are easily swished in the over head lockers allowing for a little more space for other bags, coats etc."

Cabin bags aren't weighed

While the likes of Wizz Air and Jet2 restrict hand luggage to 10kg, easyJet is just concerned about the size of the bags.

So if you have some heavy items, stick them in your cabin bags and put the larger, lighter items in your checked-in hold luggage.

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