We tried viral TikTok hack to avoid paying Ryanair cabin baggage fees – and it’s life changing

We’ve tried the viral TikTok travel hack that keeps our Ryanair flight cheap – and it’s been life changing.

Holidays abroad are back on the cards after the pandemic closed borders and imposed strict regulations.

But now, with the cost of living continuing to rise, many will be looking to save where they can when it comes to leaving.

The first port of call is often cheap airfare and companies like Ryanair offer cheap deals for their low fares.

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However, as we know, adding a second, larger piece of carry-on comes at a cost.

TikTok has been a saving grace for thrifty vacationers as people share their packing tips to avoid paying the extra charge.

While some share folding techniques, others showed what smaller bags they use to store everything.



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Glasgow Live spotted a video where the young woman used toiletry bags to store her clothes in her backpack.

And of course I had to try it.

For total transparency, I was absent for a week and stayed with my family, which means that I already had access to a washing machine, pajamas and shower products.

My flight back to Ireland West airport was £34 including seats (around £6 each) and expedited security (around £5.99) at the airport. So my actual airfare was only £17 return.

If I were to add another piece of hand luggage it would have cost me between £14 and £20 – and I certainly didn’t want to spend more on my luggage than on my actual flight.

So by sticking to my trusty backpack which matches Ryanair’s hand luggage allowance (40x20x25cm) I made sure I could fit everything I needed to keep costs down.

The day I booked my flight, I went to Amazon and found the little clear bags the woman used in her video. Of course, there are many different types from different companies. You can see a selection if you just Google “Packing cubes”.

These are those I bought here. The clear toiletry bags come in three sizes as a pack for £8.99.

I knew I would take my book, my laptop, my makeup, and my clothes, and I often find that clothes can somehow take up more space than expected.

This is where the hack comes in. Taking the largest transparent bag, which is about nine inches, I tightly rolled up three tops and a pair of jeans and placed them in the bag. Tops side by side and jeans on top.

And the zip bag, keeping them compact and I could easily slip the cube into my backpack.



a backpack with packing cubes filled with clothes on top.  A book.  and a plastic bag with liquids and makeup
We could fit in so well!

Socks and underwear fit easily in the medium sized clear bag and as I used the airport’s small plastic bag for liquids and makeup I found I didn’t need a bag. use the smallest toiletry bag.

Like a game of Tetris, I place each packing cube in my backpack, one along the bag, another on the side, my laptop slipped in as usual, and the bag of liquids and Makeup has been placed on top for easy safe removal.

With no security concerns, it wasn’t long before I was on my £8 flight to Ireland – and that’s when I decided I would never pay for it again. additional baggage.

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