Holiday Wishlist: Hand Luggage to help you pack like a pro

Holiday Wishlist: Hand Luggage to help you pack like a pro

If you haven’t heard me going on about it already, I’ve booked a holiday! For February… So in my super-prepared excitement, I am posting about items I want to take or need to buy before I go!

The most essential item (if you’re planning on taking any belongings…) yet the one I am dreading buying the most. The suitcase or holdall. I think it’s mainly because of the strict airport measurements; what if I buy a case, pack everything in and then it doesn’t fit into their skimpy little frame? I’m probably just overreacting. It’s also the thing I’m least excited about buying as they can get pretty pricey.

Travelling with only hand-luggage has become so popular with the increasing hold-luggage costs that the market for small cases seems to have really upped its game.


Greenwich 2-wheel 55cm Cabin Suitcase 

John Lewis Suitcase

Available from John Lewis, £65, free UK postage. Click here.

This case is available in red or black, and isn’t actually very expensive f0r how well made and sturdy this case looks. It is expandable, comes with a lock, has wheels and weighs just 3kgs unpacked! Not bad, not bad at all.

American Tourister Hand Luggage

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Available here from Amazon, £53-£80 approx (colour dependent).

This suitcase is a bit more sleek and stylish and comes in an array of colours. This white one is very similar to the one that the Big Brother housemates used (or so I believe), if that means anything. Somebody must have thought they looked cool!

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I’d say an American Tourister is great if you want something stylish, that will stand out – so you won’t lose it! Above is a shot from the American Tourister site, where you can pick from a small selection of airlines and you will be given the suitcases suitable for the hand-luggage allowances of that company. Pretty handy! As you can see, they can be pretty pricey – which I think is their downfall – but I suppose if they last long enough then it’s an investment.


Theo C1 Cabin Suitcase

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Available from Revelation for £31.50

This one is probably one of the most affordable cases that I’ve come across, and it’s available in 4 different colours, is lightweight, and has ‘Those who seek, find!’ printed on the trolley tube. So it’s light, affordable, water resistant and has a cute tagline printed on it! What’s not to love?


Dickins & Jones Hard Medium Case

This case is available from House of Fraser for £55.

The main attraction of this case is that it’s really cute! The outer, hard shell is decorated with white postage style stamps in white, and the inside material has a simple rose print.

I get a kind of vintage vibe from this case, which would make this feel like an accessory and not just a way of getting your necessaries from A to B.


Wenger Neo Lite Stylish Suitcase

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Buy this case here from Auravita for £89.99.

I have previous experience with Wenger cases, and they are AMAZING quality. I definitely recommend buying one of these. They are so well made, sturdy and tough. If you want something that is going to last lots of trips and survive a bit of bashing around, then this is definitely a case to invest in.



Most affordable: Theo C1 Cabin Suitcase

Most durable: Wenger Neo Lite Stylish Suitcase

Most Stylish: American Tourister Hand Luggage & Dickins & Jones Hard Medium Case

Best All-rounder: Theo C1 Cabin Suitcase


What suitcases or any other kind of luggage have you tried and loved or hated? Tell me about them in the comments!

Please let me know of anything I should consider getting; be it tanners or hair masks for holiday prep, bikini’s or kaftans, hand-luggage, pre-paid cards, sunglasses or travel document folders – anything!

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  1. August 30, 2016 / 10:20 pm

    I just went to Spain for a week taking only a pull along as hand luggage! I love taking things that I can wear multiple times (ie skirt/shorts/trousers) and then about two different tops for each bottom! also meant I could change depending on what mood I was in X

    • August 30, 2016 / 10:23 pm

      Yeah I’m really bad at packing so I think this will be a great exercise for me! I’ve also heard about packing outfits into sandwich bags which I might adapt a bit, but it’s a good idea so if anything leaks – your clothes are safe! Although I suppose you could just put your toiletries in Sandwich bags… I’m hoping to get my packing game on by the end of the year! Thanks for reading xx

  2. August 18, 2016 / 4:33 pm

    The secret is rolling your clothes instead of folding – you can easiy fit a weeks luggage in the hand luggage. As far as the suitcase is concerned, I’d really really suggest one with an outer pocket – this is where I always stash things I want to get to quickly – boarding pass, headphones, chewing gum, makeup…i.e. whatever you’d have in your handbag (for those flights *ahem* ryanair *ahem* that don’t even let you have an extra small bag with your normal hand-luggage suitcase) so you can get to it without opening the entire bag. 😉

    • August 18, 2016 / 5:03 pm

      All of these suitcases would fit withing my hand luggage allowances, but I am planning on just taking almost all my stuff in hand luggage as there isn’t a weight limit and the hold luggage is mainly for stuff Scott’s mum wants us to bring back from madeira and overflow! But yeah, I’ll definitely be rolling, and yes, front pockets will be a must!

  3. August 18, 2016 / 3:27 pm

    For some people, packing light can range from an art form to an extreme sport. My wife’s aunt can pack an entire week’s worth of clothing into a suitcase that can still fit into overhead storage without using vacuum-sealing bags. I’ve yet to master it as she could.

    • August 18, 2016 / 3:30 pm

      My mum is the master of fitting everything you need in an insanely small space. I watch on in awe. I’m definitely gonna have to think about what I’ll probably wear each day as I am prone to coming home with stuff I didn’t wear once! At least I’ve got plenty of time to prepare…

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