How to pack 100 items in your carry-on

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I like to think I’m quite a good packer, especially when it comes to cramming as much as humanly possible into a carry on suitcase. However, credit where credit is due; after watching this video, I can see Rachel Grant takes the carry-on crown.

The former Bond actress recently posted a video to Facebook showing her fitting 130 items into her hand luggage with an annoying amount of ease. The items included 13 dresses, 16 tops, 12 bottoms, a cardigan, jacket, two bikinis, a sarong, hat, scarf, three belts, two nighties, socks and underwear. She even managed to pack five pairs of shoes and two handbags as well as all her toiletries.

Revealing a number of packing tips and tricks, Rachel wanted to demonstrate how much you can really fit into your hand luggage if you know how. She is a roller, not a folder, and uses ziplock bags to save space. Stuffing shoes with balled socks is another trick that ensures shoes maintain their shape.

Posted by luggage brand Biaggi, the video has already been viewed more than one million times. You’d think that after putting 130 items in a carry on bag it would be bursting at the seams but there was still space left with the bag only weighing eight kilograms.

Watch the video below and see the list of what this real-life Mary Poppins managed to pack into her hand luggage. I guess that answers the age-old debate of rolling versus folding once and for all …

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Total Comments: 13
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    There are some sensible tips there, like taking lightweight clothes where possible (but what about Winter?) and packing heavier items at the base of the bag. But overall, PACK LESS! You still have to carry the bag and lift it, so – don’t take too much. I have 2 lists, Summer and Winter, which means I can quickly refer to what’s essential and not forget anything. Have a clothes colour scheme, so everything “goes with” everything else. Everything is comfortable to wear, almost everything washes well. Medications go in hand luggage. I have a separate bag for CPAP machine (for sleep apnoea) and make that the carry-on bag so it doesn’t get damaged in the booked luggage.

  2. 0

    But!! did it weigh less than 7kg???

    • 0

      Being a carry-on it probably wasn’t weighed anyway.

    • 0

      Hi Fast Eddie,
      Just returned from Dubai on Emirates Airlines and they were weighing all hand luggage as people were going through the gate to go through customs before boarding the aircraft. Really annoying, because you have already checked your main suitcase and so you are not able to transfer weight to that. I had to take out a jacket and load my pockets with cameras, battery chargers, books, etc. to walk through the gate. Then on the other side I had to put it all back into hand luggage to go through the x-ray scanners as I went through the detector gate.
      REALLY annoying, considering my suitcase only weighed 22 kg and the allowance is 30 kg. Why couldn’t they tell you BEFORE you checked your main suitcase?

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      GreyViper I think if you read the flight documentation you would see what the carry on allowance is — no airline keeps that a secret.
      Too many people think they can ignore the allowance so I’m very happy to hear that the airlines are now enforcing the limits.
      There are also many weighing machines for people to check the weight of their luggage so there is really no excuse for being “inconvenienced” because you didn’t stick to the requirements.

    • 0

      GV, thanks for that. A bit rough isn’t it? Even Emirates now squeezing you for a buck. They are all getting greedy.

    • 0

      They are not “squeezing you for a buck”, it is up to you whether you want to pay or not.

      No skin of their nose. They don’t need the money, they just want you to obey the rules, and because the rest of us want some of the overhead space you oversize bag is taking up.

      You want to be a rebel and sneak on a heavier bag. That’s ok, you just pay extra. What’s your problem?

    • 0

      I have no problem, but it seems you certainly do but asking a question like that.

    • 0

      Fast Eddie, If you are flying to the city your cruise is leaving from some airlines weigh you hand luggage and have a weight limit.

  3. 0

    More often than not they are now measuring your bag as well as weighing it before customs. About time too I say. Sick of those oversized bags taking up all the overhead space.

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      I have more of an issue with overweight PASSENGERS. And don’t start on that ‘discrimination’ track. Why should a person weighing 60kg be penalised for carrying 2kg more, when the passenger next to you weighs over 150kg and takes over half of each side seats – can’t even see the joint arm rest, let alone use it.
      And by the packing example above – it sure helps that the packer is young and lightly built. Can get away with thin light material clothing. Is still overweight with limits now 7kg. And be careful when buying suitcases. One carry on bag I looked at said the case weight 1.7kg. But putting it on scales at the shop – weight was 2.1.

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    Frankly it is about time the airlines cracked down on the carry-on bags. What some people rollup with is incredible and then there is the duty free and heavy outer wear. I even saw several full sized backpacks trying to be stuffed in overhead lockers. Not on!

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      Some small domestic airlines don’t even have enough overhead luggage space for one small bag per person. Recently I witnessed staff putting equipment in overhead storage that should have been available for the paying passengers.



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