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31 August 2018

Packing Tips for the Perfect Trip

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Packing mishaps can range from inconvenient, like forgetting your favourite sunglasses when travelling to the Caribbean, to disastrous, like finding out you left your passport at home and will miss your flight! We have put together the ultimate packing list in order to help you pack in the most efficient way for a stress-free vacation.

We want to ensure that you always know how much luggage you can take when travelling with Air Europa. For this reason, it is important that you first check our baggage allowance terms and conditions, as it can vary depending on the fare and route selected, or even on and the time of year.

All passengers travelling in Economy Class with Air Europa are entitled to check in one piece of baggage weighing up to 23 kg and in addition can carry on board one piece of hand luggage weighing up to 10 kg. You can check the updated luggage allowance per destination here.

Packing

 

If you are travelling in Business Class, your baggage allowance will depend on your final destination:

  • Domestic and European flights: Two pieces of baggage of up to 23 kg each are allowed. In addition, you can take one item of hand luggage, weighing up to 14 kg.
  • Long-haul flights: Three suitcases of up to 23 kg each. You are also entitled to two items of hand luggage, weighing up to 18 kg each.

If you wish to take more than the standard baggage allowance you can arrange this easily on our website. You will be able to add up to two extra suitcases depending on the plane operating the route. Weight restrictions for extra luggage apply (cannot exceed 32 kg).

 

1. How to transport special baggage

Do you need to transport special baggage? You will find all the information you need here. We advise you to always contact us first, as your luggage may require special care or restrictions might apply depending on each country’s legislation. Taking lithium batteries on board, for instance, is subject to certain restrictions.

On board:

All hand luggage must meet the maximum measurement standards, that is 55x35x25, or a combined linear measurement adding up to 115cm. You can check the most up-to-date information on our website.

If your luggage exceeds these dimensions, you can either check it in or take it on board with you. The latter comes at an extra cost, as you will have to book an extra seat. You can purchase your extra seat directly from Air Europa at any time before the flight’s departure, at the same price as a regular seat but excluding taxes.

We recommend that you take all your valuable belongings on board in order to avoid any issues on the rare occasion that a bag does not arrive as planned. You should also take any fragile objects on board in order to prevent them from getting damaged during the journey.

Keep in mind that certain objects are not allowed on board. You can find all the relevant information by clicking the following link.

In the hold

If the baggage you are going to check in is larger or wider than 158 cm, it will most likely be treated as special or outsized baggage. In that case, it will not count as your baggage allowance and will come at an extra cost. This generally varies between 75 and 100 euros.

If you want to take sports equipment on board, it will usually be considered ordinary check-in baggage, unless it exceeds the weight and size limits. Any equipment not included in your baggage allowance carries a charge of 75€ and in the case of surfing, hang gliding and paragliding equipment, the cost will amount to 150€ per item.

Musical instruments that cannot be transported as hand luggage due to their size must be checked in to the plane’s hold at a cost of €150.

 

2. Transporting food and liquids.

If you wish to take food or beverages with you, it is important to first find out about the control measures implemented by the customs authorities of the transit or destination country. For instance, the European Union specifies restrictions in its EC Regulation 206/2009, which regulates the non-commercial introduction of all animal products into the EU.

  • You may not bring with you any meat or dairy products. Some exceptions apply and are set out in the corresponding regulations.
  • Regulations are not applicable to personal items sent from Andorra, Liechtenstein, Norway, San Marino and Switzerland, nor to fishery products sent from the Faroe Islands and Iceland.
  • Transportation of liquids– the standard restriction on weight and size apply: it is compulsory for liquids to be transported in individual 100 ml containers inside a sealed bag.
  • Special foodstuffs, such as specific items for people with celiac disease or baby food, can be transported in your hand luggage.

 

3. Travelling with pets

Thinking of taking your dog, cat or even hamster on your next overseas trip? There’s a lot to know but don’t worry, we’ve got it covered. 

Pets must always be accompanied by their owners or authorised representatives. You must arrive at the airport early enough to complete the necessary paperwork. Air Europa accepts most breeds on board provided that the animal weighs no more than 8 kg and as long as their transport bag complies with the maximum allowed measurements for hand luggage.

You must get your pet vaccinated against rabies before it can travel. Next, you must ensure that your pet has all the documentation necessary in order to prove their identity and vaccination history and to comply with the entry requirements of the destination country. Failure to do so will result in your pet not being able to travel.

If the animal has to travel within the European Union the pet must have the corresponding European passport and must always have a microchip.

Transporting certain breeds of animal that are considered brachycephalic (flat-muzzled) can pose a high risk for your pet, as it could suffer respiratory problems and overheating, due to the stress of the flight. Therefore, only animals that weigh less than 8kg and can travel in the cabin inside their carry case are accepted.

To return to Spain with an animal from countries outside of the European Union it is very important to consult European Regulations 577/2013. If travelling to or from the UK with Air Europa, you will not be allowed to bring any pets.

 

4. Luggage Incidents

As mentioned earlier, there is always a very small chance of luggage not arriving at the planned destination. Statistically, there is a 99.5% chance that your checked-in luggage will arrive at your final destination.

If you are, however, in that 0.5%, there are some tips that will help us to reunite you and your luggage as soon as possible:

  • Always label your luggage, both outside and inside, with your name and several methods of contact. Also remove all labels from previous trips. Although we put a sticker on every suitcase you bring, they can on rare occasions get detached during the handling or transportation process, so a double identification is always be helpful.
  • Make sure your luggage is properly packed: you can seal your suitcase, backpack, box or carry-on baggage in tough tamper-proof plastic film. Bag wrapping services are now common at international airports around the world and your bags will be that much more secure.
  • Protect your luggage and ensure there are no protruding parts, as they are more likely to get damaged during transportation.
  • Always check your luggage when you collect it at your destination. Check that everything is in order and, if something isn’t right, always drop by the Air Europa counter before leaving the airport.
  • If you need to complete an irregularity report, provide all possible contact details, including postal and email addresses and telephone numbers, in order to make it easier for us to contact you when we receive your luggage and need to arrange delivery.
  • Make sure you collect all your belongings in the cabin before leaving the plane to avoid any issues.

 

5. Travel tips

Not everything on your trip is about rules and restrictions, so here are some handy packing tips:

  • To prevent your shoes from passing on a smell to the rest of the items in your luggage, place a tea bag in each shoe.
  • You should always carry a bottle of water when travelling in order to stay hydrated.  To prevent liquids from spilling in your bag, put plastic wrap over the bottle’s opening, before screwing the top on.
  • There is nothing more irritating than arriving at your destination and finding creased and wrinkly shirts. Something that can help reduce creasing is putting a rolled-up belt inside the neck of your shirts.
  • Putting your shoes inside a shower cap is also a simple way to prevent your footwear from getting the rest of the items in your luggage dirty.

We hope you found our tips helpful and look forward to seeing you on board!

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Eva María Gomez Gomez

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