Popular Carry-on Sizes and Tips for Air Travel

When it comes to air travel, one has to consider a lot of things before taking off. One of the biggest nuisances is to pack your stuff before your flight is due. It becomes even more annoying as you are limited on the carry-on size due to carry-on baggage restrictions at the airlines.

Furthermore, there are no standard regulations regarding this issue. Not only the carry-on baggage regulations differ among local airlines but they also vary according to international airlines. In conclusion, it can all get very frustrating and difficult to manage.

In order to create a bit of ease for the next time you travel, here are 2 popular carry-on luggage sizes:

18″ – 20″ Carry-On Luggage

Carry-on sizeThese are known to be international carry-on sizes. The reason is that they are allowed for most international flights. If you are traveling for about a couple of days, these are perfect. They can easily pack a few outfits, a pair of shoes and toiletries.

21″ – 22″ Carry-on Luggage

For US domestic flights, these sizes are quite popular. One the other hand, some US airlines may have restrictions over 22″ x 14″ x 9″, or 45 linear inches.

For business excursions or weekend trips, these carry-on baggage sizes are recommended. You can pack your formal dress or suit in the removable garment sleeve. Moreover, you can also pack a few outfits along with two pair of shoes and certain necessary accessories.

Some of these carry-on bags can be expanded for more packing space but you may hit the carry-on size limit if you do so.

Below you can find all the major US airlines with their carry on size limitations. If you can’t find your airline please contact us.

Airline Allowance Max carry on dimensions More info
Delta 1 carry on + 1 personal item 9″ H x 14″ W x 22″ L
United 1 carry on + 1 personal item 9″ H x 14″ W x 22″ L
Southwest Airlines 1 carry on + 1 personal item 10″ H x 16″ W x 24″ L
American Airlines (AA) 1 carry on + 1 personal item 9″ H x 14″ W x 22″ L
US Airways 1 carry on + 1 personal item 9″ H x 14″ W x 22″ L
jetBlue 1 carry on + 1 personal item 12″ H x 18″ W x 26″ L (Airbus A320)
10″ H x 16″ W x 24″ L (EMBRAER 190)
Alaska Airlines 1 carry on + 1 personal item 10″ H x 17″ W x 24″ L
WestJet 1 carry on + 1 personal item 9″ H x 15″ W x 21″ L
Spirit Airlines 1 carry on + 1 personal item 10″ H x 18″ W x 22″ L
Frontier 1 carry on + 1 personal item 9.5″ H x 15.5″ W x 24″ L
Hawaiian Airlines 1 carry on + 1 personal item 9″ H x 14″ W x 22″ L
AirTran 1 carry on + 1 personal item 10″ H x 16″ W x 24″ L
Sun Country Airlines 1 carry on + 1 personal item 11″ H x 16″ W x 24″ L
Virgin America 1 carry on + 1 personal item 10″ H x 16″ W x 24″ L


Few Tips on Types of Suitcases to Use for Carry-on size

Nowadays, we have several popular brands selling a wide range of carry-on baggage sizes. Here are a few tips if you are buying a new one for your next trip:

  • Spend money for quality but not for fancy stuff. The bag is going to treated rough as you make your way across the airport. Make sure it can resist the wear and tear but no shiny stuff is needed.
  • Buy a bag that is adjustable to your needs. You will know the standard period of trips. Buy according to that information.
  • Always look for convenience. Buy a carry-on baggage that you can easily maneuver around. It is supposed to be a carry-on so you don’t have to push your efforts.
  • You may also want to consider a bag that suits your type of travel. If you are both a pleasure and business traveler, buy a carry-on that can accommodate formal and informal luggage. If you stick to one type, don’t spend the extra bucks on what you don’t need.

As mentioned earlier, carry-on size restrictions can vary according to international and domestic airlines. It is always good to be prepared beforehand. In order to find out the different rules for various airlines, consult the chart we have outlined for you. If you are not sure what items you can bring on board of the airplane you can find more information on the website of the TSA

Hopefully, you will have to face less frustration during your next air travel.