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Luggage Sizes

Which to take when travelling

  • Cabin-sized (19 to 22 inches)

    Due to their compact size and easy handling, these bags can be brought on board a train, plan or automobile. They are ideal for use as an overnight bag, with enough room for one or two outfits, toiletries, medications and other personal necessities.

  • Mid-size (23 to 26 inches)

    Perfect for trips that are a week long or less, these bags have to be checked when travelling.

  • Large (27 to 30 inches)

    Ideal for long trips or carrying the belongings of more than one traveller, these also have to be checked. New airline regulations limit individual luggage size to 30" in length and 62" total (height + width + depth). The fines for not abiding to the size rule are hefty.

  • Capacity measurements

    These are based on the main compartment inside the suitcase, and are measured in litres. This is best used to simply compare different suitcases as it is difficult to visualise. As a guide, cabin cases have an average capacity of 20 litres, whilst most large cases have an average capacity of 100 litres. If you would like advice on the correct size case for your trip, we would be delighted to help.

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Average suitcase sizes

The height measurements are taken from the bottom of the wheels to the top of the case when the trolley handle is down.

Size Height Width Depth
Large 76cm / 30 inches 48cm / 19 inches 29cm / 11 inches
Medium 67cm / 26 inches 45cm / 18 inches 25cm / 10 inches
Compact 63cm / 25 inches 36cm / 14 inches 21cm / 8 inches
Cabin 48cm / 19 inches 32cm / 13 inches 18cm / 7 inches

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Cabin Allowance

Joy of Clothes uses the BAA standard cabin allowance guideline for hand luggage, which is 56cm x 45cm x 25cm. This is used by leading airlines such as American Airlines, Iberia and BMI. Budget airlines such as easyJet, First Choice and Ryanair often use a smaller cabin allowance of 55cm x 40cm x 20cm. So, it is best to check with your airline for hand luggage cabin allowances.

The information below is to be used as a guide only!

HAND LUGGAGE
H cm
W cm D cm W kg CHECKED IN
W kg
EXTRA CABIN PIECES*
BAA Standard 56 45 25 N/A N/A N/A
Aer Arann 43 28 20 7 15 No
Aer Lingus 56 45 25 6 20/18* No
Air Berlin 55 40 20 6 20/18* No
Air France 55 35 25 12 20/23* Yes
Air New Zealand 55 35 25 7 20/23* Yes
Air Southwest 53 34 22 7 20 No
Air Transat 51 40 23 5 20 Yes
Alitalia 55 35 25 5 20 No
American Airlines 56 45 25 18 23* Yes
BMI 55 40 23 UNLTD 20/23* Yes
BMIBaby 55 40 20 10 20 No
British Airways 56 45 25 23 23/23* Yes
Cathy Pacific 56 36 23 7 20 Yes
Central wings 55 40 20 5 20 Yes
Cityjet 55 40 20 7 20 Yes
Continental Airlines 56 45 25 18 23 Yes
CSA 56 45 25 12 23 Yes
Delta Airlines 56 23 36 18 22.5* Yes
Eastern Airways 55 40 20 10 15 Yes
Easyjet 55 40 20 WTH 20 No
Emirates 55 38 20 7 20 Yes
Finnair 56 45 25 8 20 Yes
First Choice Airways 45 35 20 5 20 No
Flybe 50 35 23 10 20 No
Flyglobespan 55 45 20 20 20/25* No
German Wings 55 40 20 8 23 Yes
Iberia 55 40 20 10 23 Yes
Jet2 46 30 23 10 17 No
KLM 55 35 25 12 20 Yes
Lufthansa 55 40 20 8 20 Yes
Luxair 55 35 16 7 20 Yes
Manx 55 35 20 10 10 No
Monarch 56 45 25 10 20 No
Northwest 56 36 23 WTH 23 Yes
Qantas 56 36 23 7 20 Yes
Ryanair 55 40 20 10 15 No
SAS 55 40 23 8 20 No
Scot Airways/Blue Islands 40 30 20 6 14 No
Sky Europe 55 40 20 WTH 20 Yes
Spanair 50 40 25 6 20 No
Swiss Airlines 55 40 20 8 20 Yes
TAP Air Portugal 55 40 20 10 20 Yes
Thai Airlines 50 40 25 7 20 Yes
ThomasCook Airlines 43 28 23 5 15 No
Thomson Fly 55 40 20 10 20 No
United Airlines 55 35 22 WTH 23 Yes
Virgin Atlantic 56 36 23 6 23/23* Yes
VLM 47.5 35 20 5 20 No
Whoosh 40 30 20 6 15 No
Wizzair 55 40 20 10 20 Yes
XL 56 45 25 5 20 No
Zoom 51 41 23 5 20 No

* indicate US weight allowance. You can take 2 pieces

WTH = Size restriction, no weight limit within reason

UNLTD = As heavy as you want, size still applies

Extra pieces in cabin consist of overcoat, umbrella, handbag, laptop bag etc

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