Simon Calder's Holiday Helpdesk: Can you recommend some light luggage?
Simon Calder’s career in travel started at Gatwick Airport, where he cleaned aircraft for Laker Airways and later worked as a security officer. He became The Independent’s Travel Correspondent in 1994, and is known as “the Man Who Pays His Way” because he does not accept free travel facilities. He writes across the Independent titles, as well as for the Evening Standard.
Thursday 25 April 2013
Q. There is a plethora of luggage. Have you written about travelling light, and can you recommend something suitable for me as a frequent traveller to the Continent?
Gerry O'Donnell, Belfast
A. Good question. The dimensions used by the airlines for cabin baggage are all different - a case that's acceptable for BA won't necessarily be accepted by easyJet, while Flybe and Ryanair have progressively smaller limits. Over the years I have simply travelled with a series of 40-litre backpack from Decathlon, which currently costs £30. They are light and pretty hardy (normally lasting two-three years) and have plenty of secure pockets. So long as it is not overstuffed, I can fit it into all the different the frames at the airports without problem.
However, starting with Wizz Air some airlines are likely all to start charging for larger pieces of cabin baggage. Therefore I'm considering the half-size version, which is only £13 at present. Those spare socks will have to go; sorry everyone.
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