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Before your trip starts, visit your airline's website and familiarize yourself with their hand luggage rules. The travel service
Momondo has also made a manageable guide of the most popular airlines. Here, among other things, are listed requirements and goals for hand luggage for a number of the airlines that fly to and from Denmark.
Also be aware that companies may change their baggage rules on an ongoing basis in terms of size, weight and fees. This is especially true for low-cost airlines, which have significant earnings on just the baggage. Check their terms before you leave so you do not get a bad surprise at the airport.
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The editors' 5 tips for hand luggage
At the editorial office, we have come up with five good tips on how you can get it all on the trip without encountering hassle and resistance at the airport.
Travel with a soft backpack, instead of a cabin suitcase. It is easier to get that mast into the luggage racks of the aircraft and under the seat, and there is less risk of you being asked to put it in the hold when making room for all passengers' hand luggage.
At the same time, there is less risk of your bag being checked and measured to check that it does not exceed the weight limit.
- If you travel with others and therefore have several pieces of hand luggage with you, make sure that the most important things for the flight are in one bag. For example, passports, money, mobile, food, drink, entertainment and medicine. This allows you to easily put the other bag in the hold if the staff asks you to.
If there is too much hand luggage when the plane needs to be packed, the flight crew has to choose something from. Here it pays to volunteer. You can both be lucky to get a better service, and in return you avoid having your bag measured and weighed if it is too heavy - and thus you can avoid paying extra fees.
- If you use medication or contact lenses, make sure you wear them throughout the trip. Therefore, pack it in your hand luggage. Should anything happen to your luggage or plane along the way, it is important that you do not lose your medication. Clothes, food and other products can always be bought.
- It may happen that your checked luggage does not arrive. Therefore, it is always a good idea to have some 'emergency rations' in your hand luggage in the form of clean underwear, a toothbrush, chargers and a t-shirt. If there are problems with the space in the checked luggage, it may also be a good idea to put on an extra layer of clothing. Airport staff usually do not say anything about it.
- If you have to buy duty-free goods before you go in the air, use the space in the shopping bag. Distribute some of your heavy items between your hand luggage and the bag from the customs free shop, as it is rare that the airlines will forbid you to bring something you have just bought. That's what they live on at the airport, and the airlines know that. If you do not need to buy anything, you can usually take a shopping bag with you from there.
Good trip - whether you only have hand luggage or whether you take the whole home with you.
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