Measuring Carry On Luggage

Carry On LuggageKnowing the size of your luggage is crucial when traveling these days. You need to understand if your luggage meets your airline’s carry-on requirements not only so you know if it will fit in the overhead bin, but also so you know if you’ll have to check it and pay the checked baggage fee.

Here are some tips to help you measure your carry on luggage correctly.

Measure and Compare: Measure all 3 dimensions of your luggage (height, width, and depth). Then compare those measurements to what your airline’s website lists as their size limits. Many airlines require luggage to be no larger than 45″ in total measurement (usually 22″ x 14″ x 9″).

Measure ALL Extrusions: When you measure your luggage, make sure to measure including all extrusions including the handle, wheels, etc. Some luggage companies do not include these in their measurements, but airlines do. You don’t want to end up having to check what you thought was a carry-on but is over the limits due to the wheels.

Measure Expansion: If you have an expanding suitcase and you plan to use it expanded, make sure you include this in your measurement of the entire piece. Sometimes what did meet carry-on requirements doesn’t anymore when expanded.

Do you have additional advice on how to measure carry on luggage? Share them with us by commenting on this post.

Written by Shari Mathias


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