Cabin luggage buying guide

Whether your travelling for business or a holiday, cabin luggage is perfect for short trips. It’s especially useful for when you want to save time by avoiding delays at baggage check-in or the luggage carousel on arrival.

Carry-on luggage can also save you money on baggage charges or just give you extra packing space on top of your checked-in luggage.

Airline hand luggage allowances

The first thing to check is whether your carry-on luggage falls within the airline’s hand baggage allowance. This will specify the maximum weight, dimensions and the number of luggage items you are allowed to take on board. Whatever the weight limit, you must be able to lift your bag into the overhead locker by yourself. A lightweight suitcase will free up more of your weight allowance for your belongings.

Dimensions currently allowed on popular airlines (March 2018)

TUI, Thomas Cook, Ryanair (Priority boarding customers only): H55 x W40 x D20cm.
British Airways, EasyJet, Jet2: H56 x W45 x D25cm.
Dimensions include handles (not extended) and wheels.
These guidelines can change and vary greatly, so always check the latest restrictions with each airline.

Other cabin suitcase features to look out for

Hardshell suitcases tend to offer greater protection for your belongings, while a soft cabin case or cabin bag is more flexible and may even be expandable for more packing space. If your case is expandable, double-check that it still meets the airline’s limit on case dimensions. Soft cases often come with handy external pockets that are great for putting away laptops and papers at the last minute.

Wheels and a retractable handle make getting around the airport a lot easier, while internal compartments and packing straps help to organise and secure everything inside. After all these practical considerations, all that’s left is the fun part – choosing your favourite colour and style

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