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10kg luggage example + bags to use + how to fit everything in!

10kg luggage example + bags to use + how to fit everything in!

Today I’m sharing a 10kg luggage example because it’s so hard to visualise how big that 10kg suitcase can be and how much you can actually fit in there!

So you’re going on holiday and you’ve opted to take nothing but 10kg luggage. And let me guess, now you’re kind of panicking thinking, ‘Agh, I can’t fit everything in that small suitcase and it’s definitely going to weigh more than 10kg! Actually, I’m not even sure how much 10kg really is!? How much can I fit in a 10kg suitcase!?’

I hear you!

I’m also one of those people who can’t really visualise how much 10kg is or what that means in terms of how big your suitcase will be and how many outfits you’ll be able to pack. I know how much I weigh so 10kg is….what…like a leg….? How many t-shirts weigh the same as my leg….?

I’m here today to give you a 10kg luggage example, show you how big the case is and how much you can fit in there.

I’ve also got some tips to help you stay under that 10kg weight allowance.

Here are some topics I’m going to cover today…

  1. What bag should you use when you’ve got 10kg luggage?
  2. How much can you fit in your 10kg suitcase?
  3. A 10kg luggage example
  4. My toiletries are too heavy!
  5. Other heavy item swaps
  6. Should you use packing cubes?
  7. How to weigh your case and what happens if it’s overweight?
Weighing my suitcase to make sure it’s less than 10kg!

I like to use these portable travel scales to weigh my suitcase.

What bag should you use when you’ve got 10kg luggage?

If you’ve opted for 10kg of luggage you’re probably going to be packing it into a small suitcase or a large backpack.

For many airlines, the size of the suitcase is actually more important than the weight. The size is especially important if you plan to take your bag onboard with you because it needs to fit in the overhead lockers. 

The dimensions of your bag are less important if you’re checking it in. Make sure you check the dimensions of the bag you’re allowed and measure your bag first!

When looking for a suitcase for your 10kg luggage, look for:

  1. It’s within the size limits for the airline you’re flying with
  2. It isn’t too heavy
  3. Backpack or wheels is personal preference

Below are a couple of great luggage options for a 10kg suitcase or backpack.

10kg luggage example

The Travel Hack Cabin Case

The Travel Hack Cabin Case is my all-time favourite for your 10kg luggage option. The suitcase alone weighs just 2.7kg but still has a massive 45 litre capacity. It also has handy pockets so you can access your belongings easily, whether you’re on the plane, going through security or at the airport.

Travel Hack Cabin Case 55x40x20 cm with Hand Bag Compartment
  • Generous main compartment with packing straps and a variety of zipped pockets for everything from toiletries to straighteners.
  • Top opening easy access storage for extra storage, a handbag or toiletries, featuring a fold down shelf so this space can also be utilised as main packing space. Rear padded compartment for a Macbook...
  • Stylish 600D PU outer shell with faux leather inserts and rose gold detailing.

Cabin Max Anode

If you prefer a hard shell 10kg suitcase then I highly recommend the Cabin Max Anode. I have this in black and rose gold and I love it. With 4 wheels it’s easy to push, pull and glide. It weighs just 2.5kg and has a 40 litre capacity.

Cabin Max Anode Cabin Suitcase 55x40x20cm Cabin Luggage, Built in Lock, Lightweight, Hard Shell,...
  • CABIN SUITCASE : 55x40x20 cm designed to fit allowed cabin luggage size for the most popular European airlines including: Ryanair (Paid), Vueling, EasyJet (Paid), BA, Jet2, Lufthansa, Norwegian, Wizz...
  • DURABLE ABS HARD SHELL: This carry on suitcase is made from ABS thermoplastic polymer which is lightweight, waterproof and scratch proof, protecting your contents during flights and travel.
  • 4 WHEEL SPINNER: Multi-directional spinner wheels for 360 degrees movement and providing this suitcase with stability and reliability. A height-adjustable retractable trolley handle gives this...
travelling with a vanity case

I also love that Cabin Max do a matching vanity case to go with the Anode (both come in loads of different colours!) so you can slip the vanity case on top and it looks really cute.

The vanity case travels as your ‘free personal item’ while the suitcase is your 10kg luggage.

The Travel Hack Backpack also sits on top nicely too and matches well with the black and rose gold Anode.

Read more: Vanity cases for travel

Cabin Max Metz

The Cabin Max Metz backpack is within the dimensions for most airline carry-on luggage and weighs just 0.7kg!

If you’re looking for ultra light but spacious luggage then this is the one.

Cabin Max Metz 55x40x20cm Cabin Luggage Carry On Backpack Travel Cabin Bag 55 x 40 x 20 (Classic...
  • CARRY ON BAG 55x40x20 cm soft shell design to fit 94% of worldwide hand luggage gauges including: EasyJet and Ryanair, Eurowings, Vueling, Norwegian, Virgin, BA, Lufthansa, Jet2, Wizz Air, Iberia,...
  • MAXIMUM CAPACITY - Large 44-litre capacity cabin bag makes it possible to fly without checking in baggage to the hold. Lightweight yet durable cabin bag 55x40x20 0.7kg (1.5lbs).
  • CABIN BACKPACK - Featuring 3 main lockable zipped compartments, including document pocket, organisational accessories and tech pocket, including 2 zipped compartments. High strength durable,...

Tripp Ultra Light 4 wheel cabin case

If you’re looking for a lightweight suitcase then you can’t go wrong with the Tripp Ultra Light 4 wheel cabin case. It weighs 2.1kg, so you’re going to be left with 7.9kg for your belongings.

TRIPP Ultra Lite Black Cabin Suitcase 55x35x20cm
  • 4 Wheel Carry On Suitcase
  • Colour: BLACK
  • 5 year guarantee

Antler Clifton Suitcase

The Antler Clifton Suitcases are great quality and so reliable. The cabin case is a little heavier at 3.5kg but if you’re looking for a really good quality case and you’re not as worried about weight then it’s a good option.

ANTLER - Cabin Suitcase - Clifton Luggage - Carry On Suitcase, Black - 20x40x55, Lightweight...
  • CLIFTON LUGGAGE: Our Clifton cabin suitcase is everything you could want from a lightweight suitcase. Designed to last with its polycarbonate material, this carry on suitcase is strong, eye catching,...
  • SIZE & MEASUREMENTS: Our carry on suitcase features flexible carry handles, 4 interior pockets, a zip closure & interior compartments. The cabin suitcase measures 20 x 40 x 55 (cm) with a packing...
  • DOUBLE ANTI-THEFT TSA LOCKS: The Clifton cabin suitcase has anti-theft technology with its double TSA-approved locks for added security that separately secures the front pocket & the case itself. This...

Cabin Max Greenwich Backpack Trolley

If you aren’t sure if you want a backpack or a trolley then check out the Cabin Max Greenwich Backpack Trolley. It comes in a 44L version which is ideal for the 10kg luggage option but also comes in a smaller option if you’re opting for just the free easyJet bags. It weighs just 1.7kg and has a 44 litre capacity so it’s ideal!

Cabin Max Greenwich 44L 55x40x20 Hybrid Trolley Backpack with Wheels Carry on Luggage Cabin Bag 55 x...
  • ★ HYBRID TROLLEY BACKPACK with wheels- Lightweight carry on luggage that can be used as either a trolley bag or a cabin backpack. Switch easily and quickly with zip out backpack straps between...
  • ★ CABIN SIZED - 55x40x20cm dimensions and lightweight at 1.7kg, with side compression straps. Suitable for most major airlines - Ideally sized for airlines that allow cabin bags 55 x 40 x 20 cm.
  • ★ DURABLE - Top and side side carry handles. Like the best suitcases with wheels, the Greenwich features a lightweight telescopic handle, pull out wheel cover, robust wheels and is made from...

How much can you fit in a 10kg suitcase?

I think most people will be really surprised by how much they can fit in a 10kg suitcase!

Here’s a 10kg luggage example and everything I managed to get into my 10kg suitcase. I used The Travel Hack Cabin Case which weighs 2.7kg when it’s empty. This is a big cabin case so it would be very easy to overpack it and I did have to keep weighing it to make sure I wasn’t over!

Travel Hack Tip: The trick is to pack lightweight fabrics and wear your heavy items on the plane.

10kg suitcase example + 19 outfit ideas!

10kg luggage example
10kg luggage example

I packed:

  • 10 x dresses (lightweight summer dresses from H&M are my go-to)
  • 2 x playsuits
  • 2 x shorts
  • 1 x skirt
  • 4 x tops
  • 2 x swimsuits
  • 1 x chunky cardigan
  • 1 x sandals
  • 1 x hair straighteners
  • 1 x pouch with underwear and PJs
  • A large microfibre beach towel
  • 1 x toiletries bag with toiletries and makeup
  • 1 x plug adaptor

Here are the outfits I managed to squeeze into my suitcase and keep it under 10kg!

How do you weigh your 10kg suitcase?

The easiest way to weigh your suitcase is with travel scales. 

Luggage scales are small, portable and easy to use.

MYCARBON Luggage Scale Portable Suitcase Scales Digital Hand Scale Travel Scales with 110 lb/ 50KG...
  • 【Separate Unit Key】 Switch units arbitrarily even you are weighing. Unlike the one key digital luggage scales, you have to reopen it to change units. ★MYCARBON luggage scales are easy to switch...
  • 【Upgrade Battery Cover】It was locked by a screw(screwdriver included), avoid inaccurate measurements caused by the loose battery. ★Suitcase weighing scale capacity up to 110lb/ 50 kg, deviation...
  • 【White Backlight】More clear display than other colors backlight, This luggage scale is easy to read in darkness or under the strong sunlight. ★Suitcase scales with TARE / LOCK WEIGHT, AUTO OFF...

Alternatively, you can use your regular bathroom scales. If you’re struggling to fit your suitcase on your bathroom scales then weigh yourself and then pick up your suitcase and weigh yourself again. However much your weight increases by is how much your case weighs. 

This works while you’re at home but it’s unlikely you’ll have bathroom scales at your holiday accommodation so you won’t be able to weigh your 10kg suitcase on the way home – which is fine if you won’t be adding anything to your case but can be a problem if you buy anything while you’re away.

I tested my luggage scales using a 10kg dumbbell and they were pretty accurate!

Here are the Amazon bestsellers for 10kg suitcases

Bestseller No. 1
LUGG 20 Inch Skywander Lightweight Travel Cabin Bag - Carry On Approved Suitcase, ABS Shell...
  • SIZE: Measuring 55X21X35cm the suitcase is suitable for any type of travel, short and long trips, whether it is a family holiday or a quick weekend getaway. The LUGG 20-inch suitcase has got you...
  • ULTIMATE PROTECTION: The case offers the ultimate protection with its featured TSA locks. With this top security lock, you can travel knowing all your valuables are safe as well as making security and...
  • FEATURES: With the push button telescopic handle and its swivel wheels, the movement of the LUGG suitcase is made effortless for all conditions and surfaces, no matter where you are going. The...
Bestseller No. 2
CUQOO 2023 Ryanair Cabin Bags 40x25x20cm with Adjustable Shoulder Straps – Perfect Under Seat Hand...
  • 𝐀𝐋𝐋 𝐀𝐈𝐑𝐋𝐈𝐍𝐄 𝐂𝐎𝐌𝐏𝐀𝐓𝐈𝐁𝐋𝐄 𝐁𝐀𝐆 – Our well-designed bags are designed mainly to fit perfectly as a under seat or cabin bag. The Bag...
  • 𝐏𝐑𝐄𝐌𝐈𝐔𝐌 𝐐𝐔𝐀𝐋𝐈𝐓𝐘 – Crafted from high quality materials to ensure a sturdy, long lasting and strong flight bag. Unlike others are bag is designed to take as...
  • 𝐔𝐍𝐃𝐄𝐑𝐒𝐄𝐀𝐓 𝐅𝐋𝐈𝐆𝐇𝐓 𝐁𝐀𝐆 – The perfect bag for taking on flights. The bag is very spacious, can carry all your essentials whilst still being within...
SaleBestseller No. 3
Econo® Ryanair Cabin Bag Suitcase Lightweight Hand Luggage Hard Shell 55x35x20cm fits Flybe Easyjet...
  • AIRLINE COMPATIBILITY: At Econo, we understand that travellers may fly with many different airlines throughout their lifetime. That's why we designed this cabin case, so it is accepted on the majority...
  • TAKE THE STRAIN OUT OF TRAVEL: Just getting to and from your destination can be frustrating enough - your luggage shouldn't add to that stress. This stylish cabin case features 4 spinner wheels,...
  • BECAUSE YOUR LUGGAGE IS WORTH PROTECTING: Whether you're a on a business trip or going away on holiday, we know your luggage is precious to you. The shell of this suitcase is made from strong and...
Bestseller No. 4
COOLIFE Suitcase Trolley Carry On Hand Cabin Luggage Hard Shell Travel Bag Lightweight with TSA Lock...
  • 3 Piece Set: The 3 Piece Set include 1pcs 20 inch suitcase(56x39x22cm),1pcs 24 inch suitcase(67x45x25cm),1pcs 28 inch suitcase(77x53x30cm). Please choose the size you need to purchase.
  • TSA LOCK:With build in combination lock, it’s easy and convenient to lock and unlock your suitcase during travel. The suitcase locks are Travel Sentry Approved, which means transport security...
  • BEST QUALITY ALSO BEST PRICE: Our suitcases are well made with quality materials and every suitcase goes through strict quality control test, like Drop loading test, Lifting test of handle, Wheel...
Bestseller No. 5
Kono Travel Carry on Hand Luggage Trolley 2 Wheeled Rolling Holdall Duffel Bag Foldable Weekender...
  • 【MATERIAL & DIMENSIONS】: The duffels bag is made of high quality polyester fabric, with character of durability and scratch resistant. Travel bag with wheels size: Length: 56cm, Width: 30cm,...
  • 【SMOOTH ROLLING WHEELS & HEIGHT-BOOSTING PADS】: The wheels of this travel bag are partially inset into the duffel case and surrounded by a heavy-duty plastic casing , making it robust, resistant...
  • 【MULTIPLE COMPARTMENTS & TWO WAY ZIPPER】: The travel hag with wheels has two zippered main compartment, two concealed zipped pockets on the front, these allows you to organize your travel items...
Bestseller No. 6
AVIO 52x35x20cm Lightweight Hard Cabin Suitcase Approved by Over 100+ Airlines – Carry on Suitcase...
  • 𝐇𝐀𝐑𝐃 𝐒𝐇𝐄𝐋𝐋 𝐒𝐔𝐈𝐓𝐂𝐀𝐒𝐄 – The hard-shell exterior of this cabin suitcase is constructed from a high-quality ABS material. This cabin bag has been...
  • 𝐏𝐑𝐄𝐌𝐈𝐔𝐌 𝐐𝐔𝐀𝐋𝐈𝐓𝐘 𝐈𝐍𝐓𝐄𝐑𝐈𝐎𝐑 – The interior of the large suitcase is spacious, perfect for organisation and easy packing. The interior...
  • 𝐀𝐏𝐏𝐑𝐎𝐕𝐄𝐃 𝐁𝐘 𝟏𝟎𝟎+ 𝐀𝐈𝐑𝐋𝐈𝐍𝐄𝐒 – The cabin luggage on this page is compatible with over 100+ airlines operating in the UK and around the...

How to not overpack your clothes

I think most of us are guilty for taking too many clothes on holiday with us! How many times have you been away and come home with a suitcase full of clothes you didn’t even wear!?

The trick is to plan out a rough itinerary while you’re away and plan specific outfits for each activity. Not only will you have a better holiday but it’s much easier to pack light.

Here’s an example of how I plan my outfits:

FridayTravel dayComfy plane clothes
SaturdayBeach day + fancy dinnerBeachwear + nice dress and heels
SundayHiking dayActivewear and trainers
MondaySightseeing in the cityCity outfit and trainers
TuesdaySUP tour + night outSporty swimsuit + night out outfit
WednesdayTravel dayComfy plane clothes

Looking at this list makes it so much easier and I know I’ll be wearing my comfy plane outfit with my trainers so all I need to pack is:

  • Underwear
  • PJs
  • Bikini
  • Beach dress
  • Beach sandals
  • Dress + heels
  • Activewear outfit
  • City Outfit
  • Sporty swimsuit + casual coverup
  • Toiletries
  • Accessories

Other tips to not overpack:

  • I’ll usually wear the same comfy clothes for both the departure and return flights. I wear black in case it gets grubby!
  • I’ll wear shoes that can be worn for walking, hiking and for a comfy/casual flight outfit. I’m currently loving the On Cloud Supernova trainers. I have them in white so they do get grubby but you can sponge them clean while travelling.
  • Whenever possible, wear thin lightweight fabrics. Cotton beach dresses are a dream because they weigh next to nothing!
  • If I’m packing heels I’ll take something like a thin, lightweight stiletto over a chunky wedge.
  • I’ll wear my bulkiest items on the plane, such as a warm coat or jumper, even if it means I’ll be sweltering as I board the plane.
  • I don’t pack jewellery, I just tend to wear all of my jewellery all of the time. I like Hey Harper Jewellery for items you don’t need to take off.

Items like satin skirts weigh next to nothing and fold up so small so they’re great for travelling!

Women Leopard Print Skirt High Waist Hidden Elasticized Waistband Midi Skirts Leopard S
  • Material: The womens leopard print skirt is made of polyester and cotton, soft fabric with strong elasticity, it is soft to the touch, it offers a comfortable experience.
  • Design: #XS--Fit Waist(26--27 inch); #S--Fit Waist(28--29 inch); #M--Fit Waist(30--31 inch); #L--Fit Waist(32--33 inch); #XL-----Fit Waist(34--35 inch); sexy casual, leopard print high waist,...
  • Matching: The sexy casual leopard midi skirt is must-have in any woman’s wardrobe. It's good to match with earring and short tops, heels.

Should you use packing cubes for your 10kg luggage?

Packing cubes will help you to organise your belongings neatly into your suitcase. Packing cubes don’t save much space but they also won’t really affect the weight of your suitcase (unless you use compression cubes).

So if you like your suitcase to be organised then yes, 100% use packing cubes. If you’re finding you don’t have quite enough space in your suitcase then try ditching the packing cubes because they’re not always particularly efficient when it comes to space in a small case because they don’t allow you to squeeze items into the nooks and crannies!

10 dresses in a packing cube

Should I use compression packing cubes or vacuum bags?

If you’re packing very bulky items, such as chunky jumpers or ski gear, then compression packing cubes or vacuum bags can be really handy. They squish all the air out of your clothes to make more space – which is ideal if you’ve got a small suitcase.

The only problem with compression packing cubes and vacuum bags for travelling is that your suitcase is more likely to be overweight. If you squish all of your clothing down so it’s half the size and you can pack twice as much, well, it’s going to be double the weight!

So be very careful if you’re using vacuum bags in particular because those bags will massively reduce the size but they can’t magically reduce the weight (unfortunately!) 

My toiletries are too heavy

Toiletries are often one of the heaviest things in your suitcase, so save weight by decanting them into miniature bottles. Even if you’re checking your luggage, it’s best to stick to liquids bottles no bigger than 100ml, just like you would if you were travelling with hand luggage liquids. You rarely need more than 100ml and if you would be using a lot of one product, it’s easier to pick it up when you arrive.

Other tips to get your travel toiletries into your 10kg luggage:

  • Use silicone bottles for shampoo, conditioner, shower gel and other lotions. 
  • I use tiny refillable pots for smaller things like liquid makeup and moisturiser.
  • Use a small, refillable perfume bottle
  • Buy anything you can when you arrive (great if you’re travelling in a group and you can all share shampoo or sunscreen)
  • Use the hotel toiletries
  • Swap to solid toiletries like solid shampoo and soap as they’re often lighter
  • You can definitely go without some products for a few days
  • Get sample sizes and miniatures wherever possible (fancy makeup stalls hand out tiny tubs of foundation that can last 5-6 days!)

Other heavy item swaps

Laptop for a tablet

Not only are laptops heavy but they come with heavy chargers and bulkier cases. Swap it for a tablet and you can also use it for:

  • Your work
  • To digitally store all your documents
  • Edit your photos and videos
  • Watch films
  • Read books and magazines

As much as I love my MacBook Pro, it’s just so heavy to travel with so I swap it for an iPad.

Swap beach towels for microfiber towels

I recently made the swap to Dock and Bay microfibre towels. Admittedly, they aren’t as cosy and absorbent as a traditional beach towel but they look gorgeous and barely take up any space or weight!

Dock & Bay Beach Towel - Quick Dry, Sand Free - Compact, Lightweight - 100% Recycled - Includes Bag...
  • PERFECT FOR THE BEACH - With a towel that is great for drying off after a dip in the sea or to kick back and sunbathe with, choose from two striped designs both ideal for the beach - the two-toned...
  • SAND FREE BEACH TOWEL - The ultimate beach companion that leaves the sand at the beach for castles. The high-quality material means all you need to do is give it a shake and all sand will simply fall...
  • 100% RECYCLED MATERIAL - Our towels are made from 100% recycled materials comprised of a mix of 83% polyester and 17% polyamide. Not only are they extremely soft with a pleasant feel, but they are...

Don’t use bulky bags and organisers

Don’t get me wrong, I love having all my things organised neatly into bags and organisers but some of these can add unnecessary weight. If you do use organisers in your luggage, make sure they’re lightweight.

If you have heavy bags to protect delicate items, just wrap the item up in a jumper instead.

I have a protective case for my hair straighteners and my Airwrap but the case alone is heavy so it’s better just to wrap my hair styling tools in my clothes.

What happens if your 10kg suitcase is overweight?

When your 10kg suitcase is overweight you’ll have a three options:

  1. Pay for extra weight (which is VERY expensive)
  2. Remove things from your suitcase
  3. Put all of your heavy items in your ‘personal bag’

This has happened to me a few times and, yes, it’s really embarrassing.

I usually opt to remove things from my suitcase so I’ll take out any toiletries I can throw away and try to wear as many items of clothing as possible.

If you have two bags (a 10kg suitcase and a small personal item) then you can put all of your heavy items into your small personal item. Your small personal bag rarely has a weight limit when you’re flying with UK airlines but it may do in other countries so check the rules with the airline you’re flying with.

This is when it can be really important to maximise the size of your small ‘personal bag’. Many people (especially women) will just take their regular handbag but you can actually have a much bigger bag.

I usually take The Travel Hack Backpack (perfect for Ryanair) or The Travel Hack Tote (bigger and suitable for easyJet). A good option for men is the smaller Cabin Max Metz.

Cabin Max Travel Hack Tote Bag for Women Underseat Size 45x36x20cm Suitable for Easyjet (Underseat...
  • The Travel Hack Tote Bag - An under seat travel bag designed for women. Perfect for avoiding extra hand luggage fees on airlines like EasyJet 45x36x20 cm. Wear as a shoulder bag, carry by the top...
  • 30L internal capacity with laptop, iPad and Kindle storage. Pocket for travel straighteners. Netted internal pockets for travel accessories and chargers.
  • 3 external pockets for phones, tickets and travel documents. ID card holder.
Cabin Max Travel Hack Travel Bags for Women | Ryanair Cabin Bags 40x20x25 | Laptop Backpack - Black
  • A fashionable and space-saving womens Travel Backpack cabin size which fits under the seat. It can hold laptops up to 13", serving as a convenient option for weekend trips too.
  • Features an easy access top pocket for purses, sun glasses, phones and travel documents.
  • Fits the Ryanair 40x20x25cm' free' underseat hand luggage rules. Flies for free on all other known airlines. Lightweight design weighs just 0.6kg.
Cabin Max Ryanair Cabin Bags 40x20x25 Underseat Backpack for Travelling (Metz 20L Hand Luggage...
  • ✈️ RYANAIR CABIN BAGS 40x20x25 - Underseat Maximum capacity hand luggage, perfectly designed travel backpack to maximise your Ryanair travel bag allowance.
  • TRUSTED REPUTATION - UK designed products with full UK based customer support. With decades of experience, we specialize in creating durable hand luggage, tried and tested in the actual airline...
  • ORGANISED: Your Metz 20L cabin bag features a front pocket designed for seamless organization, complete with holders for travel accessories and documents. Enjoy added convenience with a side bottle...

Do they actually weigh your 10kg suitcase?

If you’re taking your 10kg suitcase on the plane as carry-on luggage then it’s very rare they’ll weigh this case. So if it’s hand luggage then you have less to worry about.

If your suitcase is being checked in and will be going into the hold of the plane then yes, they always weigh them. Always. So if you’re checking your 10kg suitcase in then you definitely need to be within the weight allowance.

Jem

Saturday 13th of January 2024

First time abroad. No idea what I'm doing. This was super helpful, thank ?

Sarah HW

Monday 6th of November 2023

Super helpful... Thanks, Monica! :-)

M

Thursday 20th of July 2023

This was very helpful thanks!