Wheeled Luggage Size Guide
Often thought of as overnight bags, rolling totes are typically small enough to fit both under the seat and in the overhead bin of airplanes. Sometimes these rolling totes can be considered personal items depending on the airline and the size of the tote. Generally, these rolling totes can hold one or two outfits and other small personal items you keep with you on the plane.
17” to 20” Carry-On Bags
The “safer” carry-on option, the smaller “international” carry-on size generally affords people peace of mind when boarding a plane. These bags are made to be smaller than the max carry-on size; thus, they typically board the plane without issue. While designed for weekend or one to two day trips, “international” carry-ons can be packed for much longer depending on your use of space.
Max Carry-On Size (21”-22”)
The largest possible domestic carry-on luggage is a 21” or 22” bags. Tighter airline restrictions have called into question some of the 22” and 21” bags ability to be carried on the plane; however, they are still the staple for business and leisure travelers looking to maximize space. Originally intended for 2 to 4 day trips, the 21” and 22” carry-on can provide for a week or longer if you maximize space.
23” to 26” Checked Luggage:
For those traveling for a week or less, the smaller (23” to 26”) checked bag option affords you plenty of space for clothes and shoes. These bags are perfect if you need more space than a carry-on, but don’t need a large bag for weeks of travel. Passengers who struggle to keep under the 50 pound bag weight limit often opt for the smaller check-in size.
27” to 32” Checked Luggage:
Designed for long trips of a week to much longer, the largest checked bag options afford the most space possible while still able to fly. These bags border and sometimes exceed the typical 62” linear inch limit for checked luggage and are difficult to keep under the 50 pound weight limit because of their sheer size and capacity. While important to keep in mind, these bags can avoid “over-size” and “over-weight” fees if they are well-packed.
30” to 42” Duffel Bags:
While some are small enough to be checked to the airline, the larger 36” and 42” duffel bags are too big for most commercial airlines. These bags are perfect for weeks of travel, or if space is the preeminent factor. They are often taken on road trips, taken away to college, or used as a transport for bulky sports equipment.