If you are planning a trip to Europe sometime soon, ensure you check the latest travel restrictions before you travel.
If you are in the UK, like myself, the Gov.uk website here, should be updated for changes, although I have summarised the latest restrictions below.
Most of us pack far more than we need. An extra pair of shoes, a hairdryer and a jacket are all things that could probably be left at home. Just think back to your last trip: did you really use every single item you packed?
It's worth noting that passengers on some routes into and out of the UK may now also be required to show that electronic devices in their hand luggage are powered up or face not being allowed to bring the device onto the aircraft.
Passengers flying into, or out of, the UK are therefore advised to make sure electronic devices being carried in their hand luggage are charged before they travel.
The weight and size restrictions to cabin baggage, applied by many airlines are worth trying to keep within, but it will depend on who you are flying with.
Below is a quick checklist for the main European airlines to help you on your way, those indicated in green are the better ones to fly with, whereas those indicated with red can be difficult, as I have experienced on a number of occasions: Low cost airlines - cheap or cheeky.
When measuring your bag, be sure to include the wheels. Softer bags may make it easier to fit into the frame at the airport, but this can result in your bag being taken and stored in the hold.
In January this year, restrictions on the amount of liquid that can be taken on board were starting to be relaxed, after the European Commission postponed the lifting of ban last year.
The restrictions on prohibited items still apply, so check through your personal belongings for items such as scissors (with blades > 6 cm), penknives, matches and corkscrews. Contact your airline about what items are prohibited if you are unsure.
Airports will vary, so check with them before you fly. If you are travelling to/from the UK it's worth noting the following airports currently have these restrictions in place:
London Luton - Only ONE item of hand luggage is permitted at the Airport, except for those flying with El Al who have a two bag entitlement.
Stansted - Most airlines operating from Stansted Airport still allow only a single item of hand baggage per passenger. From 1st November 2013, anyone travelling from London Stansted Airport can take one airport shopping bag, in addition to hand luggage.
If you have any more up to date information, please do not hesitate to share it in a comment or email me at email@example.com.