When it comes to jetting off on holiday, there is a lot to remember. Whether it is a month-long trek through the Andes, or a weekend break in Paris, most of us have a specific list of things to remember.
But when we get to the airport, another packing challenge presents itself: what to pack in the hand luggage? Not only that, but how much are you allowed?
It is fair to say that when it comes to hand luggage allowances, there is a lot of guesswork involved for most of us. So what do you need to remember about hand luggage when you take a flight?
The size of hand luggage
Since April 2010, the Department for Transport has not set a maximum size restriction for hand luggage. However, airlines and airports do set their own restrictions.
These can vary, but in general you are allowed hand luggage that is 22 inches tall, 17.7 inches wide, and ten inches deep. These dimensions apply to both domestic and international flights.
Amount of hand luggage
You may not realise this, but the majority of airlines now allow more than one item of hand luggage to be taken on board.
Many airlines will allow for a piece of hand luggage, plus a handbag or laptop bag. But this does not apply to all airlines, so double check before you leave for the airport.
You are more likely to be able to take numerous pieces of hand luggage on domestic flights than international ones, but some international airlines will allow more than one.
Hand luggage items
We all know that you’re not allowed any liquids over 100ml, but there are concessions for this rule. If you have a baby, for example, you can take things like formula or sterilised water.
Also, if you have a condition that requires medicine, you’ll be able to bring this on board as long as you have a doctor’s note. In both cases, confirm this with your airline before leaving for the airport.
If you are going on holiday, remember to think about taking out travel insurance to ensure you are covered should something happen.Back to top