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What You Need To Know About Carry On Luggage In Australia

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What You Need To Know About Carry On Luggage In Australia

Australian airlines are not the only airlines that are becoming stricter when it comes to their regulations regarding handheld cabin luggage (often called carry on, or hand luggage). Whilst the restrictions sometimes change, we can give you general advice as to what you’re allowed to take on board with you to ensure that you don’t end up facing fines and in some cases, being asked to leave your luggage behind. So, what can you do to ensure that your cabin luggage is large enough to store your items, while still complying with all airline authority rules?

Here are some of the most important features you need to look at:

  • General height, width and depth

Most airlines have a generally acceptable range of on-board luggage, but not all airlines follow exactly the same regulations. Some allow for more space, but in general, when you go buy your hand luggage, try to keep the height under 50cm. For width, keep it at around 30 and 35cm, while for depth, most airlines specify that you should keep it to around 23cm.

  • General Weight

The weight of your cabin luggage depends on the type of material you buy. Hard-case luggage will be heavier, and may cause you some hassles, while softer materials will be lighter. Whatever you choose, you should have an estimate of how much luggage you’re going to take with you and how much your suitcase weighs on its own.

Before you leave for the airport, take out a scale and weigh your packed carry on luggage, and check with the airline you’re flying with to ensure that it does not exceed their specific regulations.

Most airlines will have provided you with thorough weight guidelines with your ticket, but if you are unsure, be sure to visit their website, or phone their customer service before you leave.


Some FAQs, answered:

Q1: Do you have to pay to bring hand luggage aboard the plane?

Australian airlines do not charge for hand luggage, as long as the weight and height restrictions meet their requirements.

Qu. 2: Can hand luggage have wheels?

Yes. As long as your bag is still within the permitted guidelines and it fits in the cabin space above your seat.

Qu. 3: Can I pack liquids in my hand luggage?

Yes, you can. However, you must ensure that all liquid containers are no bigger than 100ml and must be placed in a clear, zip-locked bag.  

As always, check with your airline to be sure that you are in the clear.

Now that you have the information you need to know, take some time to view our wide range of cabin luggage that will perfectly fit your travel needs.

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