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Whether you’re taking at trip for a few days of nights or a few months it’s possible to travel with carry-on luggage only. It just takes a little packing discipline and knowledge of the airline baggage rules.

Baggage Type

Cabin bags are any luggage that can be taken on board the plane with you. They can range from suitcases, laptop bags, tote bags, or backpacks. Some people prefer cabin bags specifically designed around airlines sizes limits which allow the maximum use of space. Whereas others prefer smaller hiking or days bag, which may hold less but are usually more comfortable to carry for longer periods.

Size Limit

For international and domestic flights, the cabin bag maximum dimensions between airlines tends to vary between 48cm x 34cm x 23cm and 56cm x 45cm x 25cm. However, airline requirements can vary, so it’s best to check with your airline before you travel.

Weight limit

Generally, most airlines have a weight limit of 7kg for carry-on luggage in economy class. Some like British Airways allow more than the industry standard, whereas budget airlines like Jetstar allow the option to pay extra to increase the allowance if needed.

Additional Item

In addition to the carry-on baggage allowance, usually one of the following items may be carried in the cabin as personal item:

  • A laptop computer*, handbag, pocketbook or purse (of reasonable size)
  • A wrap, a blanket, or an overcoat
  • An umbrella or a walking stick
  • A small camera or pair of binoculars
  • A reasonable amount of reading matter
  • A pair of crutches or prosthetic devices – for use, provided that the guest is dependent on them for mobility

*A laptop in thin satchel-style laptop bag is considered to be a personal item. A laptop in a larger laptop bag will be counted as part of a guest’s carry-on allowance.

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