The last time I flew Ryanair in 2013, I scrambled to fit my purse inside my backpack for my flights, as Ryanair only allowed one cabin bag total. As a group of four, we checked one backpack that we stuffed some extra things into and split the cost (because it’s expensive to check bags on Ryanair), and we managed to carry on the rest of our stuff.
The common scenes at the airport gates those days were people packing and repacking their bags to make everything fit or be under the maximum weight, or getting charged last minute to check bags, or bags packed full to the brim with sweatshirts and shoes (and anything else that didn’t fit inside) hanging off the outsides. Flying Ryanair was cheap, until they potentially blind-sided travelers with baggage costs, which made the entire endeavor a bit stressful. Those days, thankfully, are over (for now). Read more