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Everything you need to know about carry-on luggage

Sabina KlisovaUpdated October 9, 2023
Everything you need to know about carry-on luggage

Often referred to as a carry-on bag or hand luggage, is a type of baggage that passengers are allowed to bring with them into the cabin of an airplane during a flight.

Carry-on luggage is intended to be stored in the overhead compartments or under the seat in front of you during the flight. Passengers are allowed to keep their carry-on bags with them throughout the journey, providing easy access to essential items during the flight.

Size

The size restrictions for carry-on luggage in Europe can vary by airline, so it's essential to check with your specific airline before you travel. However, the most common maximum size is 55 x 40 x 20 cm.

Keep in mind that weight restrictions for carry-on luggage can also vary, so it's a good idea to check the weight limit imposed by your airline and ensure that your bag falls within both the size and weight limits to avoid any additional fees.

People inside of passenger plane

Liquids

When it comes to carrying liquids in your carry-on luggage when traveling by plane, there are specific rules and restrictions you should be aware of.

In most cases, liquids, gels, and aerosols must be in containers of 100 milliliters or less.

All the containers must be placed in a single, quart-sized, resealable plastic bag. Each passenger is typically allowed one such bag. Generally, you are allowed one quart-sized bag of liquids, and it should be presented separately during the security screening process.

There are exceptions for certain essential liquids and medications. These may include baby formula, breast milk, and baby food, as well as prescription medications. These items are typically allowed in reasonable quantities and may not need to be in the quart-sized bag. However, you may be required to declare them at the security checkpoint.

Be prepared to remove the quart-sized bag containing your liquids from your carry-on luggage during the security screening process. Security personnel will typically visually inspect it and run it through an X-ray scanner separately.

We recommend you to buy a traveling liquid kit, which is a collection of small-sized personal care and hygiene products that are suitable for use while traveling. These kits are designed to help travelers conveniently carry essential liquids, gels, and toiletries in compliance with airline security regulations.

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