How to Choose the Best Carry On Luggage

Whether you're taking a short break or an extended long distance journey, the bag you choose to take with you aboard your flight needs some consideration. Let's take a look at aspects you should take into account when choosing the perfect carry on bag and then explore some options that meet those criteria.
  • Size meets airline specifications
  • Weight meets airline specifications
  • Easy to carry and transport through all conditions and stages of your journey.
  • Easy to lift into the overhead storage compartment
  • Large enough to be the only bag you need on a short trip
  • Customs approved lock
  • Hard wearing
  • Multiple storage compartments for ease of access
how to choose the best carry on luggage
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Of course this may not be an exhaustive list of all the aspects to consider when choosing the best carry on bag for your needs but it's a good starting point. Let's take a look at each point in more detail.

Size meets airline specifications
Most airlines have a consistent size limit so it's unlikely you're going to get caught out and I have seen some passengers carry on bags which appeared to me to be well in excess of the maximum allowed size, but it is always a very good idea to check with your airline before you travel to double check that your carry on bag is not going to be a problem. Often airline personnel will pull aside a bag as the passenger is boarding the plane and stow it in the hold. If you don't want this to happen to your bag, it is wise to aim for a smaller rather than larger carry on bag.

Weight meets airline specifications
The check in staff for every airline will usually weigh your carry on bag at the same time as your checked in luggage. They can require you reduce the weight of your carry on bag. If the total weight of all your luggage exceeds the airline allowance you can also be charged an excess baggage fee.

Easy to carry and transport through all conditions and stages of your journey.
Whether this is your only bag or you are traveling with a lot of luggage, you need to be able to handle it on your own. There will be times when you will have help but there may be times when you don't. It is always a good idea to check beforehand that you can manage all your bags by yourself. Luggage sets usually have some method of connecting all the pieces together so they can be manouevred as a single unit. Try to think ahead to the conditions to which you are traveling, for example cobbled streets, unpaved roads, heavy rain or snow, lots of stairs, getting on and off public transport.

Large enough to be the only bag you need on a short trip
For short overnight stays it just makes sense to keep your luggage to a minimum. If the bag you purchase for the purpose of a carry on bag is chosen well, it can double as a holdall or overnight bag.

Customs approved lock
There may be times when yours is the bag that customs chooses to open and inspect. If it was a checked bag on this particular journey you are going to lose your lock. Fact of life. What you don't want to do is make it more difficult for them to get in to your bag. Establishing that the lock on the bag you choose is customs approved before you purchase will just save a lot of hassle.

Hard wearing
For all the reasons already mentioned your carry on bag needs to able to withstand some tough treatment. The last thing you need when you are on your own, in a country where you don't speak the language, in tropical downpour and a long way from a department store, is for your bag to split or the lock to break.

Multiple storage compartments for ease of access
A well packed bag with items in logical and easy to access places will take a lot of the hassle out of travelling. The may be times when you need to reach for a pen, your reading glasses or some saitary products during your flight. Knowing exactly where each item is and having it easy to get your hands on will be a strategy you'll be thankful for later.

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