Hand luggage: travel without bulk
The ideal small size Hand luggage is a must-have when you want to go on holiday. Well-known for its small size compared to checked luggage, it is known for its ease of transport no matter what flights you take. Indeed, these bags have optimized sizes that allow you to keep them with you in the cabin.
If you're looking for a larger and more spacious baggage, we advise you to consult our suitcase page, which includes all the suitcases and luggage on the site.
Many factors to take into account
Choosing your cabin baggage is essential. Beyond your personal preferences in terms of aesthetics, colours, or even price, the dimensions of your hand luggage are even more important. Indeed, both main hand luggage and additional personal items are subject to size constraints that each company is free to set. If you exceed the limits of your flight, you will be charged an excess baggage fee.
A good way to avoid this inconvenience is to measure and weigh your suitcase yourself, which will avoid unpleasant surprises when boarding at the airport! To buy the right luggage, it is strongly advised to consult the website of your airline(s) if you have a flight with stopovers.
Knowing for which airline a 45x36x20 cm, 55x35x25 cm or 55x40x20 cm cabin bag may fit allows us to help you in buying the most suitable bag for your situation.
What is the difference between hand luggage and cabin luggage?
Cabin luggage is a small suitcase (S or XS) suitable for short trips of 2 to 3 days that you can take with you in the cabin for the duration of the flight, this luggage is automatically included in your flight allowance. If cabin baggage is indeed hand baggage, there are other pieces of baggage considered as hand baggage, these are the "personal items". These are usually smaller pieces of luggage than your cabin baggage, which you can also carry in the cabin with your small suitcase.
In this case, what is considered hand luggage?cabin luggage (the main hand luggage) travel bags: backpacks, handbags, computer bags, shoulder bags, sports bags, wheeled travel bags, computer bags vanity cases
All our tips for your hand luggage
What do you put in a hand luggage? All the essentials, so that you are well prepared before your departure.
- Medication items
- Travel pillow
- Driving license/other ID that may be useful once you arrive at your destination
- Cash, credit cards, bank card, ATM card (if international)
- Air ticket receipt/confirmation number and travel itineraries
Prohibited items in your hand luggage
Buying a compliant hand luggage to arrive safely at your destination also means respecting the expectations of the contents of the bag itself.
Certain products are therefore prohibited for security reasons. For liquids, a maximum capacity is applied, which varies from flight to flight. Food is allowed in most cases. So, before you leave, please study the following conditions carefully:Check the liquids allowed, especially for products such as shower gels
Anything that is likely to spill, such as water bottles, sauces or jams, can easily become a projectile in the event of turbulence or an emergency evacuation situation.
Knives, corkscrews and also scissors where the length of their blade would be greater than 6 cm: this is already the case for most domestic knives.
Anything that can be used as a weapon in a long format is referred to as a bludgeoning tool: bats, sticks, etc.
In this case, we are referring to daggers, swords and also compasses.
Explosives, gas bottles for cooking, petrol, lighter fuel, solvents, paint thinners, camping gas bottles, aerosols: the airport staff will assess whether your baggage is compliant and that no products are in violation of the rules.
What is the average weight of hand luggage?
In general, the maximum weight of hand luggage that can be carried in the cabin is around 8 kg. However, depending on the case, the kilograms allowed may vary.
Following our advice means finding out about the cabin baggage for your planned getaway, as some airlines have stricter weight limits than others.
Justified hand luggage weight
This is fairly minimal, allowing you to concentrate on the bare essentials that will go into your cabin baggage before you arrive at your destination. Think of your little pleasures and suitcase essentials such as snacks, books, magazines or headphones. In addition, when you buy holiday souvenirs or gifts to take home, you'll have room to store them all in your hand luggage.
Having all the important information about your hand luggage
As you can see, it's more than important to have all the information about the luggage you choose, before you go to the airport.
Whether you are travelling for business, pleasure or personal reasons, you should allow yourself the pleasure of taking your favourite things with you while respecting the maximum weight allowed on your hand luggage as well as all the restrictions and regulations. Please gather as much information as possible before your flight and boarding.
This is the main advice we give you in order to have your luggage in order, whether in France or in another country, alone, in family with or without baby, don't forget to have as much information as possible: it's even almost compulsory as it allows you to be legal and avoid problems.
Air France gives you more information on its services for travelling with a child or a baby right here.
Hand luggage size by airline
Studying the policy of the biggest players in the market before making a reservation is therefore a good criterion to study before making your choice.
Easyjet hand luggage dimensions small hand luggage: 45x36x20cm (including handles or wheels) must be able to be placed underneath your seat so as not to disturb the other passengers large hand luggage: 56x45x25cm (including handles or wheels)
Please note: you will need to choose an UpFront, extra Legroom seat or check in your own luggage at the time of booking in order to keep your suitcase on board if you book with Easyjet.
Transavia hand luggage size large luggage: 55x35x25cm accessory/small luggage: 40x30x20cm
Volote hand luggage size small hand luggage to be placed underneath the seat in front of you: 40x30x20cm large luggage included in "priority boarding" package: 55x40x20cm
Total baggage must not exceed 10kg if you wish to take one copy of each baggage item on board
Air France hand luggage size cabin suitcase: 55x35x25cm (the number of carry-on bags depends on the class of your ticket, either 1 or 2)1 handbag or laptop bag: 40x30x15cm
Ryanair hand luggage size small free handbag to place under your seat: 40x20x25cmcabin bag: 55x40x20cm for 10kg.
However, this is an option and prices start at 8 euros if you want to check in a cabin bag when you book.
Vueling hand luggage size under the seat: 40x20x30cmcabin bag: 55x40x20cm for 10kg maximum
How to choose your hand luggage?
Whatever the model, hold or cabin luggage, knowing the maximum dimensions and maximum weight allows you to go on holiday with peace of mind. "Airline hand luggage", "small hand luggage", "hand luggage backpack", "vanity case"... It would be a pity not to reach your seat, nor your coveted destination because you did not respect the expectations set by the companies. Easyjet, Ryanair or any other airline, find out if you don't want to get stuck at the airport!
Which brands of hand luggage to choose?
No matter what brand of luggage you choose, you'll find products that are practical and versatile in terms of their interior space: we're talking about pockets dedicated to a small accessory such as a USB cable or for larger objects such as a computer... In short, hand luggage is ideal if you want to carry all your favourite things with you.
Where to find cheap hand luggage?
The best value for money offers can be found on our website Baage.
All year round, we offer discounts and promotions on cheap travel bags and suitcases from the biggest brands.
The vanity case, the chic luggage to bring on board
And why not opt for a vanity case? This is an accessory that goes hand in hand with your cabin bag. At the airport, you can hang your small vanity case on the trolley of your suitcase, which is very practical. In addition, the vanity case is a very practical and well-organised accessory for storing small items such as medication.