Pack Your Troubles Away: Top Tips For Maximising Your Luggage Allowance


We’ve all been there: sitting on our suitcase to squeeze it shut and hoping that it won’t exceed the weight limit. Packing can be one of the greatest challenges of going on holiday – from getting the right suitcase to taking only what you need and still leaving room for those duty free purchases.

Here’s our guide to optimising space for trouble-free packing, and some great buying options if you want to upgrade your luggage in the airport shops.

Know Your Limits

The different airline policies on size and weight restrictions can be a bit of a headache. Nobody wants the hassle of having to unpack and repack their suitcase in the middle of the airport, or to have to pay for their luggage to be sent by freight.

Here’s a quick rough guide to the allowances of some popular airlines:

Checked Luggage Limits

Airline Dimensions No. of Pieces x Weight
Economy Business First
Emirates 300cm 1 x 30kg 1 x 40kg 1x 50kg
British Airways 90 x 75 x 43cm 1 x 23kg 1 x 23kg 1 x 32kg
Lufthansa 158 cm 1 x 23kg 2 x 32kg 3 x 32kg
Eithad Airways 45 x 72 x 90cm 1 x 32kg 1 x 32kg 1 x 32kg
ANA H+W+L ≦158 cm 2 x 23kg 2 x 32kg 3 x 32kg
Singapore Airlines 200 x 75 x 80cm 2 x 23kg 2 x 32kg 2 x 32kg
Qatar Airways 300 cm 1 x 30kg 1 x 40kg 1x 50kg
Virgin Atlantic 90 x 75 x 43cm 1 x 23kg 2 x 23kg 3 x 32kg

Carry On Limits

Airline No. of Pieces x Weight Dimensions
Economy Business First
Emirates 1 x 7kg 2 x 7kg 2 x 7kg 55 x 38 x 20cm
British Airways 1 x 23kg 1 x 23kg 1 x 23kg 56 x 45 x 25cm
Lufthansa 1 x 8kg 2 x 8kg 2 x 8kg 55 x40 x 23 cm
Eithad Airways 1 x 7kg 2 = 12kg 2 = 12kg 40 x 50 x 25cm
ANA 1 x 10kg 1 x 10kg 1 x 10kg 55 ×40 × 25cm
Singapore Airlines 1 x 7kg 2 x 7kg 2 x 7kg 115cm
Qatar Airways 1 x 7kg 1 x 15kg 1 x 15kg 50 x 37 x 25cm
Virgin Atlantic 1 x 10kg 1 x 10kg 2 x 12kg 23 x 36 x 56cm

Presenting the TUMI TLK Range

The traveller exclusive suitcase range available from TUMI airport stores, is available in four sophisticated colours, perfect for business or leisure. The cases are effortlessly manoeuverable and can be monogrammed for that personal touch.

Lipault Pliable is the perfect lightweight case and exclusive to travel shoppers in duck egg blue. Available from airport Rolling Luggage stores.


Weighing you own luggage provides peace of mind and can help to avoid any extra charges last minute flusters. The Travelmeister portable luggage scales by Beuer also double up as a power bank and a torch, saving valuable space. Pick one up from British Airways High Life Shop.

Personalise your suitcase with bright ribbon or tape, so it’s easy to spot at baggage reclaim – particularly is it’s a plain, dark case. This can be safer than labelling your luggage with your personal details, too.


“Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off” were the words of wisdom from Coco Chanel; well, the same applies to packing.

While we all like to pack that spare jumper in case the weather takes a turn in Bali, or those sky-scraper heels in case we get invited out somewhere fancy on a trekking holiday in Georgia, it’s important to take just what your destination requires.

Check the weather forecast before you go and take clothes suitable for what you intend to be doing, so you don’t take anything you won’t wear. Scarves can be rolled small to pack, but are versatile and can be used to customise outfits easily.

Available at Monsoon airport stores, this beautiful scarf would make an elegant addition to your holiday wardrobe.

Don’t Cram It All In

While it’s tempting to just throw everything in and hope for the best (particularly on the way home) packing clothes neatly can really make a difference. Not only does it optimise space, but it prevents your clothes from looking creased and dishevelled at the other end. Rolling clothes is a good technique for this and vacuum compression bags are widely available and can help to reduce space further.

Remember: leave room for souvenirs and duty free shopping.


Select Shoes

Shoes can be particularly problematic when travelling. They can take up valuable space and weight allowance. If you can, try not to take more than two pairs of shoes and wear your bulkiest/heaviest pair whilst travelling. Pick versatile shoes that you can wear with as many of your outfits as possible. When you pack, remember there’s room inside those shoes to fit underwear, chargers and other accessories. Place shoes at the bottom and your luggage will fit more snuggly around them. And don’t forget to place them in plastic bags so that your clothes don’t get dirty.

Space Friendly Shoes:

These classy heels from Dune airport stores will fit neatly in your case
These aptly named ‘Luggage’ shoes from Kurt Geiger airport stores are available in gold, black and tan


The ‘take only what you need’ rule also applies to beauty products and other essentials. There are many travel-friendly kits containing all you could possibly need, you really don’t have to pack your entire make-up collection, bathroom cabinet or sink…

Pick up these handy products on your way through duty free.

This travel exclusive smashbox Glow & Go is available at World Duty Free, providing all your basic cosmetic requirements
The Lancôme Absolue Voyage has you absolutely covered with this compact kit
Zoë Pincombe
written by: Zoë Pincombe
Just out of university, Zoë comes from South West England. Enthusiastic about all things food and wine related, she enjoys travelling and experiencing new cultures.