How To Measure Carry On Luggage The Right Way

Measuring your carry-on luggage to ensure it meets your airline’s specifications is easy – just follow these simple steps to figuring out your luggage’s height and width.

Step by Step Guide to Measuring Your Luggage

Step 1:

To determine your luggage’s height, measure the luggage standing upright. If your luggage has wheels or a handle these should be included in your measurement. Measure from the bottom of the luggage to the top. Do not measure diagonally. Write this measurement down.

Step 2:

Measure the length of your luggage. Write this measurement down.

Step 3:

To determine your luggage’s width, make sure it is fully packed and lay your luggage on it’s side. Measure the width of the luggage and write this measurement down.

Step 4:

Determine your airline’s luggage measurement allowance by visiting their website.

Step 5:

If your airline uses a total measurement allowance (you will know this if they only give one number for your allowance), add the length, width and height together to find your total measurement.

If your airline uses a total measurement allowance (you will know this if they only give one number for your allowance), add the length, width, and height together to find your total measurement.

If your airline gives you specific dimensions for length, width and height, check the measurements you wrote down to compare them with your airline’s allowance.

FAQ

Do I need to include the wheels and handle in my measurement?
Most airline’s do require that you include the wheels and handle in your measurement.

Why do I have to measure the width fully packed?
Luggage dimensions can change dramatically depending on how many items are in them. The airline will be using the fully packed luggage when determining the measurements so to be safe, you should do the same.

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