Luggage size guide

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onfused by what you’re looking at? Our luggage size guide will demystify the whole Luggage sizing process! Choosing the right luggage size is no joke.

Unfortunately, it’s not exactly easy to tell what you’re looking at in the store or online for that matter.

On top of that luggage manufacturers aren’t always accurate in their sizing.

So let us break it down for you in our foolproof luggage size guide. In this guide, you’ll find our best tips and tricks to figuring out luggage sizing. 

We’ve got some cool tricks to eyeballing luggage size and figureing out what you need.

The five basic sizes that you need to know about and we cover in our luggage size guide are: 

  • The Personal Item
  • Small ( Domestic Carry-on)
  • Medium ( International Carry-on)
  • Large ( Small Checked Bag)
  • Extra large ( Large Checked)
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Pretty simple right? Well, let’s get started.

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The personal item is one of the two bags that you get to bring onto an airplane.

Personal items can be just about any bag as long as it’s approximately:

9 x 10 x 17″

Or basically, fit into a medium-sized desk drawer and under an airplane seat.

THE LUGGAGE SIZE GUIDE: PERSONAL ITEMS LIST:

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The next bag you get to bring into the cabin in our luggage size guide is the domestic carry on.

Domestic carry-ons fit into the overhead compartment of most airplanes flying within the USA.

 

For most Domestic flights, your carry on should be approximately:

17″- 20″

 

To estimate, a domestic carry-on luggae size: the item it should fit into your average kitchen sink with extra room. 

You should consider the small carry-on luggage size range the safe zone for carry-ons. By sticking to this size range you will be able to get on most flights without conscern. 

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The average domestic carry on size, can fit several days worth of clothing.

THE LUGGAGE SIZE GUIDE DOMESTIC CARRY-ON LIST:

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With your personal item and carry-on, it’s a good idea to factor in what type of airline you’re flying on.

If you’re flying on an economy flight you not likely to have much room. By contrast, if you’re flying on an international flight, you’ll have a bit more space.

Carry-on luggage sizes that go into the overhead compartment are considered small luggage.

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Everything from garment bags to rolling duffles can fall into this category.

The medium carry-on size falls between:

 

21″- 22″

Everything from garment bags to rolling duffles can fall into this category.

With these types of travel accessories, you need to be careful not over pack. Most larger carry-ons are made of soft material so it can be easy to bring too much.

International carry luggage is ideal for short trips or weekend stays abroad. The majority of luggage that falls into this category can fit 2-4 days worth of clothing. Perhaps you can fit more clothing if you are efficient. As with all of the bags in this luggage size guide how much you can fit into it all depends on your packing strategy!

The average International carry on size, can fit 2-4 days worth of clothing and personal items.

This is the maximum carry-on size, so be careful not to bring too much.

To estimate, an international carry-on luggage size: the item it should fit into a medium packing box. 

THE LUGGAGE SIZE GUIDE INTERNATIONAL CARRY-ON ITEMS:

 

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Large luggage or small checked bags are ideal for traveling for a week or less.

 

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Checked luggage within 23′ to 25″ offers enough space for clothing, shoes and a few extra items

Small checked luggage works well if you want a bit more room than a carry-on allows for. These bags fall in the 23-24″ range and are ideal for 3-5 day trips. Typically you can fit, 3-4 outfits, shoes, and toiletries.

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Small Checked luggage is ideal for 3 to 5 day trips

Standard checked bags are approx: 25″-27″ long. These items can fit about a week’s worth of clothing, shoes, and toiletries.

With checked luggage, however, take care not surpass the 50 lb weight limit! 

To estimate, the average size checked bag is just taller than a full-grown-male, Golden Retriever. 

THE LUGGAGE SIZE GUIDE SMALL- MEDIUM SIZE CHECKED BAGS: 

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Last up in our luggage size gude is the extra large case.

Extra-large suitcases sizes are meant for extended trips or for travelers how need to bring extra items.

27″- 32″

It’s important to realize that with the extra large luggage it can be easy to go over the weight restrictions. Be sure to check the bag allowances for your flight and to weigh your before hand! Checked bag charges are no fun.

For extended trips, longer than 7 days extra large luggage is the way to go!

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THE LUGGAGE SIZE GUIDE EXTRA LARGE CHECKED BAGS:

 

Extra Large Hardside Checked

Extra Large Softside Checked

Extra Large Lightweight Checked

Extra Large Duffle Checked

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After walking you through how to eye ball and measure most of the common luggage sizes, that’s about it!

Pretty simple Right?

 

Once you know what you are looking at and what to look for, figuring out luggage sizes is an sinch!

The only things that you need to be careful about from here are:

  • That manufacturer sizes are accurate ( look at buyer reviews and at comparable models )
  • You remember to measure your bag’s wheels and handle to check it will fit on to your flight
  • And… that each bag fits that you need!

 

Take at a look at our guide to picking the perfect luggage for you here!

 

Once you know what you are looking at and what to look for, figuring out luggage sizes is an sinch!

 

It’s the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.

– John Wooden

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