Maximum airport carry on travel luggage bag size weight limit truths
Wheeled luggage is the most popular
It’s like opening up a can or worms when you start talking about carry on luggage. Many questions come to mind, such as: what’s the best type – wheeled or carry? and what are the legal weight and dimensions?
The most common – and the most preferred – type of carry on is a small wheeled carry on luggage. This invention of this wondrous product back in 1985 can be attributed to airline veteran Bob Plath (also founder of Travelpro luggage company), who single handedly transformed the traveling experience for people the world over.
The most important thing to consider when choosing the best carry on luggage for airline travel, is the size. While some airlines are blasé about enforcing their luggage limits, some do enforce their policies on carry on luggage restriction rather strictly. There’s nothing worse than turning up to the airport to find your hand luggage (containing all your essential on-board items) doesn’t fit within the template supplied by the airline, and will then need to be checked. If your luggage is oversized, and then you get on the plane to find it doesn’t fit in the overhead compartments or under the seat in front of you, then you will need to go through the hassle of checking it.
Generally, the most common maximum carry on luggage dimension limits outlined by most major airlines is 22” x 14”x 9” – referred to as a 22” bag by luggage makers (see here for each airline). The weight restriction varies greatly between airlines and can go from 5kg/1lbs through to 15kg/33lbs.
Another thing to consider when buying a bag is the weight of it empty – because it is only going to get heavier once packed with your belongings. This is an important thing to keep in mind, especially if you are asked to weigh it prior to boarding the plane. The average weight you should be looking for when choosing a bag is around 4.5kg/10lbs. Much heavier than this, and you will be tipping the maximum end of the scales even before you put anything in the bag.
Price is another important thing to factor into the equation. When pricing carry on luggage, it can be like asking ‘how long is a piece of string’, due to the fact that you can spend anywhere from $40 - $400 on a single piece. Before you start thinking dollar signs, it is important to think about what you need the bag for. Will you be using it once in a while for occasional vacation travel, or will you be using it every week for frequent business travel?
If it is occasional travel it will be used for, then spending a small amount on the bag can be justified, but if you are traveling regularly, a budget bag will fall apart very quickly. For constant use, investing in a decent set of luggage will pay off in the long run, causing you less stress and hassle when traveling.