It is easy to become overwhelmed with all the things you need to pack when flying. But, if you are not confident in your packing abilities, then you might want to bring a carry-on bag with you, rather than a full-size suitcase. When it comes to international travel, the first thing we do when booking a trip is check our suitcase’s size. The average carry-on size is between 18″ and 20″ x 12″ x 8″. But, when it comes to flying, we often forget that our carry-on’s size is one of the first things that we have to check before checking in. With federal regulations calling for all carry-ons to be weighed and measured, it’s important to know what can fit—and what can’t—in the overhead storage compartments.
What is a Carry-on?
A carry-on is a small bag that fits under one’s seat on an airplane, and it can be either a traditional suitcase or a backpack. It is not a hard and fast rule, but nearly all airlines have a policy that allows one bag in the cabin, and sometimes a second bag. There are a few other exceptions, but generally, you can only bring one bag on board.
In this day and age of mass traveling, it’s nearly impossible not to have to lug all your belongings with you, whether you’re jetting off for a vacation, business trip, or some other adventure. These days, you have to pack light, but with the requirement that you still have something to put your stuff in when you arrive.
What’s inside of a carry-on?
It seems like everyone is talking about carry-ons these days, but little is known about the contents people are packing into those little bags. According to the TSA, people can’t bring liquids on board a plane, but they can bring their toothpaste and hair spray. Some of these items are banned items, but others are perfectly acceptable. We need to check before we go to find out what’s allowed and what’s not.
Loads of people will plan to travel this summer—or at least want to look like they did. As a result, a lot of travelers are trying to get as much packed into their bags as possible. The more you are able to fit in your luggage, the less you have to carry around—and the sooner you get to your destination, the more time you have to relax and enjoy your vacation.
The humble carry-on. It’s one of those items that you can’t live without, yet when you look at it, you don’t think about its complexity. It’s just a bag. A bag that can hold all the stuff you need for a long trip, so you can grab and go without thinking twice. It’s not something that has to be carried, or that you have to check-in, or that costs a fortune. It’s just a bag. But a bag that can have a world of difference on your trip. If you’re planning a trip and need to pick a carry-on size, your options are limited. You can usually fit two large suitcases in the overhead bins if you’re flying economy. But if you’re flying business, the carry-on restrictions are even more strict. The FAA requires that only two carry-on bags can be stowed in the plane’s belly. And even then, there are weight limits on each bag.
Whether you’re traveling for a few days, a few weeks, or a few months, a carry-on is always a good idea. It’s so important that you should always bring your carry-on with you if you’re traveling by plane, no matter how much you paid for your ticket. Most of us are perfectly happy to take our carry-on bags through plenty of lines, especially if we are flying within the EU. However, once we reach the USA, they need to go through a special process and be checked inside. However, even with checked luggage, we will be required to go through a couple of extra checks at security, including patting down our bags and removing them from the x-ray machine.