If you're flying somewhere just getting to your destination can be frustrating enough and your luggage shouldn't add to the stress. What's more, low cost airlines charge extra to check in hold luggage. Ryanair charge £50 and Heathrow £55 if you get caught at the boarding gate with an over-sized suitcase and you're compelled to check it into the hold.
When you pack for a trip you need to pack everything you can into a small size bag if want to avoid paying extra for checked-in baggage, as you're usually only allowed one (1) carry-on hand luggage for free. It's therefore important you pack the biggest, maximum size hand luggage possible.
Dimensions: 55x40x20cm (Retracted, Including Wheels and Grip), 50x40x20cm (Excluding Wheels & Grip), Height (Handle Extended) 1.0 m, Weight: 2.75 kg, Capacity: 40 L.
The MAXIMUM allowed cabin size luggage is generally 55x40x20 cm for most airlines in Europe including Ryanair (10 kg) (by booking Priority Boarding), TUI, Thomas Cook and Vueling.
Easyjet, Jet2 (10kg) and British Airways allow a fraction more at 56x45x25cm and Norwegian, Eurowings (8 kg) a little more again with 55x40x23cm
The most restrictive sized hand luggage we found was Wizz Air at 40x30x20 cm and since the 1 Nov 2018 Ryanair have introduced an even more restricted 40x20x25 cm (Non-Priority boarding) which is the smallest allowable cabin hand luggage we found in Europe. For the best choice for cabin luggage on Ryanair check here
However, you can't choose a cabin luggage just to suit one particular airline so lets work on the most restrictive size which is generally accepted to be 55x40x20cm.
With these constraints in mind we've now narrowed your search requirements and selected the most popular carry-on hand luggage choices on Amazon ensuring the size is the maximum allowable.
Recommended choice for Best MAXIMUM SIZE Small Cabin Bag
Carry-On Hand Luggage
Airlines that will accept
Most restricted size hand luggage
|Ryanair (10 kg) (Non-Priority boarding)|
|Best Max Size under-seat Cabin Bag 45x36x20 cm for Easyjet||Easyjet (No weight limit)|
Recommended choice for Best MAXIMUM SIZE Larger Cabin Bag
|Suitable for most airlines in Europe including Ryanair (10kg) (Priority boarding), TUI, Thomas Cook and Vueling.|
|Victorinox Vx Touring 2 Wheels Cabin Trolley 55x36x23 cm|
Best Carry-On Luggage as recommend by flight attendant's & pilots
|Most airlines in Europe|
Most generous size
|Easyjet, Jet2 (Max 10kg) and British Airways|
Have you wondered which Carry-On Luggage pilots and flight attendants use? Well here's our top pick. They're more expensive because the brands used by professional flight crew come with a lifetime warranty. One Air France flight attendant who commutes to Paris CDG commented to us that he's used the same carry on luggage for 15 years and he has flown with it every single week and it's still as good as it was when he bought it new. Even after a decade of use, if ever any part needs replacing, the manufacturer's lifetime warranty ensures that it will get fixed, or replaced as new. He further commented that his colleagues who don't buy the slightly more expensive bags that comes with the lifetime warranty need to buy a new bag every year. So if you're a frequent flyer do consider the quality brands as they will prove cheaper in the long run.
Dimensions: 55x36x23 cm (40L)
Dimensions: 55x36x23 cm; Volume (40L); Weight: 2.7kg.
This Aerolite with 4 wheels is 'Amazon's choice' and is cabin luggage that has been very carefully designed to be allowed onto pretty much every airline in Europe. Measuring 55x35x20 cm, the only airline that we found that won't accept it in the cabin is Wizz Air (40x30x20cm).
Dimensions: 55x40x20 cm (All Parts), 48.5x35x20cm (Body). Weight: 2.6kg. Capacity: 40L
If you plan to fly British Airways, Easyjet, Iberia or Jet2 and you need to pack the maximum allowable approved for carry on luggage then our recommendation is the Aerolite 56x45x25 cm (All parts - including wheels). It's lightweight, weighing only 3.2kg, comes on multi-directional 360-degree spinner wheels with a retractable handle and has a 46Litre capacity. The hard shell case is anti-scratch ABS resistant. This bag is too big for Ryanair or Wizz Air but is the perfect maximum size most most European airlines
Dimensions: 56x45x25 cm (46L) Price: £54.99
Dimensions: (S) 56x39x23 cm (All Parts). Capacity: 38L
The Aerolite ABS321 55x40x20 cm (40L) has been specifically designed exactly for the purpose of allowing plane passengers to pack the maximum for carry-on cabin luggage and the 55x40x20 cm will be accepted by Ryanair, TUI, Thomas Cook and Vueling. This stylish hard-shell cabin case has 2 roller blade wheels and a retractable handle with a push-button release; simplifying the tow behind you. The light weight suitcase shell is made from a durable, strong ABS plastic to withstand the knocks. For added security, it also has a 3-digit combination barrel padlock to lock the zips. The Aerolite ABS321 also comes with a 5 year warranty replacement service.
If you're flying with British Airways, Easyjet or Jet2 you can get away with the slightly bigger Aerolite 56x45x25 cm (46L) but is a fraction too big for Ryanair, TUI, Thomas Cook and Vueling.
Dimensions: 55x40x20 cm (40L) Price: £34.99
Dimensions: 56x45x20 cm (46L) Price: £42.99
This Aerolite with 4 wheels is another cabin luggage that has been very carefully designed to be allowed onto pretty much every airline in Europe. Measuring 55x35x20 cm the only airline we found that won't accept it in the cabin is Wizz Air's 40x30x20cm.
Dimensions: 55x35x20 cm (All Parts), 48.5x35x20cm (Body). Weight: 2.6kg. Capacity: 34L
This cabin size luggage has been specifically designed to fit the Maximum size allowance for 67 airlines so if you're a frequent flyer you should be fine with this Flight Knight brand. It's lightweight has 4-wheels that spin 360° and a telescopic handle. It comes with a 5 year warranty.
Cabin 22" Dimensions: 55x35x23cm (All Parts), 48x35x23cm (Body), Weight: 2.5Kg, Capacity: 39L
Dimensions: 55x38x23 cm (40L) Price: £189.00
If you're looking for the best selection of backpacks suitable for carry on luggage on budget airlines then check out our listings of affordable carry on luggage with no wheels
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