Size Matters When It Comes To Hand Luggage

Size matters when it comes to cabin baggage

Travelling Light with only Cabin Baggage

If you want to fly with the minimum hassle and expense, travelling with only cabin baggage is the way to go. Understanding the airlines cabin baggage allowances and airport restrictions will help to ensure your travelling light experience is stress free.

Cabin Baggage
Here’s a guide to some of the main airlines baggage allowances, check with your airline for their specific hand luggage policies and the number of items of baggage you can take on the plane with you.

British Airways 1 x cabin bag 56 x 45 x 25 cm (22 x 18 x 10 in)  1 x laptop-sized bag OR handbag OR briefcase. Maximum weight 23 kg (51 lb) applies to all hand baggage.

Easyjet 1 x cabin bag 50 x 40 x 20 cm you can still bring one slightly larger bag up to the maximum size of 56 x 45 x 25 cm including handles and wheels, but on some busy flights your bag may have to go into the hold.

Virgin Atlantic 1 x cabin bag 56 x 36 x 23 cm (23 x 14 x 9 in) maximum weight 10 kg (22 lb)  If you want to take your laptop onboard, you’ll need to place it in your original hand baggage or check your hand baggage in.

Flybe 1 x cabin bag 55 x 40 x 23 cm maximum weight 10 kg (22 lb).

Jet2 1 x cabin bag 56 x 45 x 25 cm maximum weight 10 kg (22 lb)..

Aer Lingus 1 x cabin bag 55 x 40 x 24 cm (22 x 15.5 x 21.5 in) maximum weight 10 kg (22 lb) plus one small personal item small handbag, laptop, duty-free or baby changing bag which must be placed under the seat in front size 25 x 33 x 20 cm  (10 x 13 x 8 in)

Monarch  1 x cabin bag no bigger than 56 x 40 x 25 cm (23 x 15.5 x 22 in) maximum weight 10 kg (22 lb), plus a small duty-free bag from the departure airport. Two separate pieces of hand baggage, as long as the combined size is no larger than 56 x 40 x 25 cm and the combined weight does not 10 kg (22 lb), plus a small duty-free bag from the departure airport.

Ryanair 1 x cabin bag 55 x 40 x 20 cm (22 x 16 x 9 in), maximum weight 10 kg (22 lb) plus 1 small bag up to 35 x 20 x 20 cm. Due to cabin space limitations only 90 cabin bags (55 x 40 x 20 cm) can be carried in the cabin, any remainder will be carried free of charge in the aircraft hold.

Thomson 1 x cabin bag 55 x 40 x 20 cm (22 x 16 x 9 in) 5 kg

Thomas Cook 1 x cabin bag 55 x 40 x 20 cm (22 x 16 x 9 in) 5 kg child’s Trunki are accepted.

Wizz Air Two cabin baggage options, but a strict “one cabin bag per passenger” policy. Small cabin bag 42 x 32 x 25 cm or smaller free of charge it must fit under the seat in front of you. Large cabin bag if your cabin baggage is larger than the dimensions of a small cabin bag but not exceeding 56 x 45 x 25 cm, you can take it onboard for a fee.

Regional and Connecting Flights

If your trip involves more than one airline don’t assume the baggage allowance will be the same on all flights, one cabin baggage allowance may be more generous than another and you may find yourself over your cabin baggage allowance. This may mean that your cabin baggage will be checked and you could be charged.if it fits

On some regional flights using smaller aircraft the cabin baggage allowance can be as small as 40 x 35 x 18 cm 6 kg (13 lb) including the bag’s handles and wheels.

In all cases the maximum size includes handles, pockets and wheels and must fit into the baggage gauge in the check-in area. Weight restrictions also apply be prepared to have your bag weighed.

Taking liquids through Airport Security

There are restrictions on the amount of liquids you can take in your hand luggage.

The definition of liquids includes: All drinks, including water, liquid or semi-liquid foods, eg soup, jam, honey and syrups, cosmetics and toiletries, including contact lens solution, creams, lotions, oils, perfumes, mascara and lipsticks, sprays, including shaving foam, hairspray and spray deodorants, pastes, including toothpaste, gels, including hair and shower gel.

Liquid in containers larger than 100ml (except those for medical purposes, special dietary requirements or baby food) can’t go through security even if the container is only part full.

  • The maximum volume of individual containers must not exceed 100ml20x20
  • All containers must fit comfortably inside a single one litre transparent, resealable plastic bag, measuring 20cm x 20cm. The bag must not be knotted or tied at the top.
  • One bag per person the bag must be removed from your hand baggage at the airport security point.

Liquid baby food, milk or sterilised water are exempt from the 100ml rule, but you’re only allowed to board with sufficient for the flight. It will be security screened and an accompanying adult will be required to take the liquid.

You’re allowed to carry essential medicines of more than 100ml in your hand luggage, but you’ll need:

  • approval from the airline and departure airport before your journey
  • supporting documentation from a relevant medical professional (eg a letter from your doctor or a copy of your prescription)


Travelling with only cabin baggage is the way to go. What are your tips and tricks for travelling light? Leave a comment share your thoughts.


Rohan Heritage

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