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Size Guide

Luggage comes in a variety of sizing’s and weights. Major brands like Samsonite and Antler have all sizes and capacity specifications on the product pages so you can easily compare the different models. For items without specifications the following guidelines can be followed.

 

Suitcase size: all suitcase manufactures measure the size of the suitcase from the ground to the top of the carry handle, not the internal measurements of the bag. This can also be measured in inches. From this you can gauge if the bag is small, medium or large.

Small cabin suitcase – 48cm or 18inch, capacity up to 40 litres

Large cabin suitcase – 55cm or 20inch, capacity up to 45 litres

Extra large cabin suitcase – 56cm or 22inches, capacity up to 50 litres

Medium suitcase – 68cm or 24inch, capacity up to 75 litres

Large suitcase – 74cm or 27inch, capacity up to 117 litres

Extra large suitcase – 85cm or 32inch, capacity up to 130 litres

Please note that a hard case will generally be smaller in capacity to a soft sided case of the same size due to it not being able to expand or bulge out with packing. Also note that a four wheel spinner will also generally be smaller in capacity to a two wheel bag of the same size do to the main part of the bag being slightly higher off the ground.

Most airlines will allow one main check in piece up to 23kg (50lb) and not exceeding 32kg (70lb) but can vary depending on airline and travel class.

Regular packing with normal items in a large suitcase will generate a weight between 20kg (44lb) to 26kg (57lb). Medium suitcases will generate a weight between 15kg (33lb) to 20kg (44lb) with regular packing.

Cabin Baggage sizing’s

Maximum dimensions of carry-on baggage are calculated by adding the height, length and depth of the bag (linear dimensions).

Here are the general airline requirements for airline travel in Australia and overseas for cabin baggage. Please note that this is a general guideline and you should always check with your airline on the cabin bag restrictions before you travel.

Domestic guidelines:

Qantas, Jetstar and Tiger airways – 1x 7kg (15lb) cabin bag plus a 3kg (7lb) laptop bag, tote or handbag etc. with total linear dimensions of 115cm. (laptop is generally not included in weight).

Virgin airways – 2x cabin bags with a combined total weight of 7kg (15lb) with a total linear dimension of 105cm for each piece.

International guidelines:

Qantas, Jetstar and Tiger airways – 1x 7kg (15lb) cabin bag plus a 3kg (7lb) laptop bag, tote or handbag etc. with total linear dimensions of 115cm. (laptop is generally not included in weight).

Virgin airways short haul – 2x cabin bags with a combined total weight of 7kg (15lb) with a total linear dimension of 105cm for each piece.

Virgin airways long haul – 1x cabin bag with a total weight of 7kg (15lb) with a total linear dimension of 115cm for each piece. International business is allowed 2 pieces of 7kg (15lb) each.

 

Please note that some airlines for international travel such as Qantas will allow 2x 115cm cabin bags at 7kg (15lb) per piece. Also some other airlines such as British Airways will allow a 56cm (22inch) suitcase on board with a maximum weight of 23kg (51lb) and you must be able to lift it unaided, plus a second small item. Some airlines such as American Airlines allow a 56cm (22inch) bag with no weight restriction.

 

All the sizing’s mentioned above include handles, pockets and wheels.