If you’ve booked a trip recently, whether its a trip to the sandy beaches of Southern Europe, a weekend city Break in Paris or visiting family in Edinburgh, you’ll be wanting to take the free allowance that all airlines will give you for hand luggage. Below we’ve outlined some of the key questions to ask when you’re choosing your ideal travel companion.
What is Hand Luggage?
Every airline allows their passengers a certain amount of luggage to take with them for free. Each airline has different limits for the maximum size of the luggage items, and the weight. This type of luggage is called Hand luggage, cabin luggage or carry on luggage. So, if it’s free – you may as well make full use of it!
Should I take just Hand Luggage?
Those thinking of just taking hand luggage, and not paying extra to check in a larger bag, smart move. By avoiding checking a bag in, you avoid the waiting game at your destination – playing spot the bag on the conveyor belt, and you’re heading to your hotel or in the cab home in double quick time. When taking just hand luggage however, you will need to adhere to the 100ml liquid limit, which means that you’ll need to ensure your toiletries are within those limits.
What hand luggage size can I take on board my flight?
The first thing to understand is that different airlines have different allowances. These can vary greatly, so you should always check with your airline before booking to see which airline will allow you the biggest allowance. When comparing flight costs, sometimes the difference in price between airlines is so minimal, that knowing the airlines that will allow you to carry on the most, will be very handy.
Don’t forget to check the weight limit too!
There are some airlines that offer an impressive cabin size limit but a very small weight limit. For example, Ryanair allow just 10kg in their main bag. For Ryanair you’ll need to pack your heavy items in one of our second carry on bags to beat the system and avoid paying excess baggage charges. One of our Aerolite Weighing scales will be ideal for checking you’re under your weight limit.
How can I maximise my cabin allowance for my airline?
You should look for a bag which best suits your airline that you’re flying with. We have a wide range of maximum sized cabin luggage for the major airlines, including the 55x40x20cm maximum cabin size for Ryanair, the 55x35x20cm IATA standard luggage size, 56x45x25cm for Easyjet, British Airways & Jet 2 and 42x32x25cm for Whizz Air. We are looking to build on the coverage of airlines over the next 12 months to become the place to come for the maximum sized hand luggage for all worldwide airlines!