Carry-on Luggage Size Guide: Everything You Need to Know

Traveling light is the new trend, and carry-on luggage is the ultimate companion for the savvy traveler.

Standard Dimensions

Most domestic airlines follow a standard size of 22 x 14 x 9 inches (including handles and wheels). This ensures your bag fits comfortably in overhead bins.


Some airlines, like Southwest, have slightly larger allowances (24 x 16 x 10 inches). Always double-check with your airline before packing.

Personal Items

In addition to a carry-on, you're usually allowed a personal item like a purse, backpack, or laptop bag. These should fit under the seat in front of you (typically 17 x 10 x 9 inches).

Weight Restrictions

While size is the main concern, some airlines have weight limits for carry-on luggage. Check your airline's website for specific details.

Soft vs. Hard Shell

Consider your needs when choosing between soft and hard-shell suitcases. Soft-shell bags are lighter and often have expandable pockets, while hard-shell ones offer better protection for fragile items.

Packing Tips

Pack efficiently to maximize space. Roll clothes instead of folding, use packing cubes, and consider leaving bulky items like boots or coats at home.

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