Carry on Ryanair! The 10Kilo Problem

Post by CM

On Tuesday we showed you how to make the most out of your 15kilo check-in luggage for a Ryanair travelling sun holiday, but what if you’re unwilling to fork out the extra €30? It is possible to pack all you need into a teeny tiny suitcase and not test the 10kilo baggage limit – feast your eyes on these helpful hints!


Always start with a list, just jot down any essentials you think you need, and your favourite items to wear. Think the most important first: boarding pass, passport, money. Then what? For me it’s phone, make-up, glasses and reading material. At the very least this is all you need in your handbag (remember, you can now carry a 10kilo limit bag and an additional small bag), and perhaps a scarf, which can be wrapped around a strap, plus  an MP3 player. With such a small allowance it’s easier to keep things as basic as possible, and it saves stress at security to boot!

Because I had enough space I added my charger, emergency dress and cardigan.


Now to the slightly more difficult task of packing for all occasions into the world’s smallest suitcase. Again, write a list of the things you really need, pack everything in and delete from there. Rolling is your best option to pack everything as tightly as possible. Next take into consideration the type of holiday you’re having. Mine was lounging with a touch of leisurely sightseeing and a dash of wining and dining so that’s what I’ll be demonstrating here:

– 2 pairs of sandals (wear your heels on the plane if you wish)

– 1 swimsuit, 1 bikini

– PJs

– Toiletries, toothbrush and paste. Again, try to get your hands on sample sizes of shampoo and conditioner. Don’t bother with a straightener or extra makeup, if it’s very warm and humid where you’re going there’s no point! Pack plenty of hair grips and get experimenting with your newly acquired volume!

– Pair of shorts, extra pair of lightweight pants, 2 skirts, 2 t-shirts and 3 string/vest tops which you can mix and match with them the shorts and skirts and that can be dressed up for night-time with jewellery and hair-styling.

– Two other dresses

– One multi-functional sarong


Believe it or not, they all fit into that tiny suitcase. It’s a stretch, but it works.


Alternative Option

If you’re going to be doing a lot of touristy stuff, walking around and being active, be sure to wear your sensible shoes on the plane along with comfortable trousers and go-with everything cardi. Pack another pair of pants (lightweight and stuffable), shorts and enough t-shirts, vests or string tops for each day of your stay, and a denim shirt for throwing over if needed.. For going out for dinner pack just a couple of plain dresses that can be reused and restyled with some jewellery. A scarf or two can be easily squeezed in and can really change the look of an outfit that’s been worn before. I’m not usually one for a lot of jewellery on holidays but if you pick some brightly couloured costume pieces to go with your neutral pallette wardrobe it’s amazing how much you can get out of very few pieces; stackable bangles are great. One pair of everyday sandals plus a pair of dressier sandals are all you need in addition to your walking shoes.

I’d go for something a little like this, which would suit a week’s holiday:

lDo you have any other space saving tips? Let us know in the comments section or over on Twitter or Facebook!


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