Hand Luggage Guide | Ryanair, British Airways and Easyjet

You have your summer holiday booked, you’re stocked up on essentials and can’t wait to board the aeroplane! But, then you see the hand luggage restrictions… It might be time to re-think your holiday wardrobe but don’t worry, our handy guide will help you to find the best bag for hand luggage without having to compromise on style.

Hand Luggage Guide

There are so many choices out there for hand luggage but finding one that suits you as well as fitting in with the hand luggage restrictions can be tricky, whether you’re looking for a lightweight rucksack for a short trip or for First thing first, do you know the cabin baggage dimensions for the airline you’re flying with?

Double check below for a guide to the top five airlines hand luggage restrictions…

Hand luggage restrictions for Ryanair

One bag per passenger can be carried in the cabin weighing up to 10kg measuring a maximum of 55cm x 40cm x 20cm. As well as a small bag like a handbag measuring up to 35cm x 20cm x 20cm.

Hand luggage restrictions for British Airways

One cabin bag per passenger measuring 56cm x 45cm x 25cm and weighing up to 23kg as well as a small, personal bag measuring 45cm x 36cm x 20cm. These sizes include all pockets, wheels and handles so be careful when measuring!

Hand luggage restrictions for Easyjet

One cabin bag per passenger measuring up to 50cm x 40cm x 20cm, there is no weight restrictions on Easyjet cabin baggage. Just make sure you’re able to carry it and place it in the overhead locker without help! There are plenty of options for styles but make sure you choose the right one for you, you’re on holiday so comfort and ease is key! Here’s our run-down of the best cabin luggage out there…

The Backpack

Practical, lightweight and sturdy the backpack is made for travelling. Herschel backpacks blend style and practicality to give you a range of sizes, colours and styles to choose from for your travels. The Little America backpack is perfect for hand luggage as it’s within the size restrictions but roomy, plus it’s incredibly easy to carry and store in the overhead locker. Not to mention, that you can get it in a range of colours from classic black to floral.

Take a look at the Herschel collection here >> 

For a budget hand luggage option, we love Mi-Pac backpacks. They’re lightweight, compact, comfortable to wear, available in a huge range of colours and the prices start at just £14.99.


Take a look at the Mi-Pac collection here >> 

The Suitcase

Even when your suitcase comes complete with a label stating that it will fit in the overhead locker, you still worry all the way up until the gate! We’ve chosen pieces that are guaranteed to fit within he cabin baggage dimensions of the majority of airlines so there’s nothing to worry about. Tommy Hilifger have a great range of luggage including this mini suitcase below that fits perfectly. The hard case will ensure all of your things will remain safe, so that’s one less thing to worry about! It has handles and wheels to make it easy for you to carry (or roll) them with you to your destination.

Shop the Tommy Hilfiger Cruise Mini Trolley in Turkish Sea to find out more.

The Holdall

A classic bag for travelling, the holdall will see you through long weekends away, city breaks and beach holidays with ease. With a little more flexibility than a suitcase and more room than a backpack, a holdall is a great hand luggage option for those of you who prefer not to pack too light!

Sturdy and stylish, the Aspinal of London Weekender Travel Bag is great for a regular traveller; the quality of the leather will mean you won’t have to invest in another hand luggage bag for some time! The flexibility will give you breathing room within the cabin baggage restrictions too.

Don’t forget to double check the hand luggage restrictions for your airline before heading to the airport, we can’t be held accountable if your bag doesn’t fit. Happy holidays!

Clare Potts

Clare Potts

Lifestyle Editor

My personal style is simple, classic, practical and almost always monochrome. My favourite thing to do is to travel; discovering new restaurants and gathering inspiration. I’m rarely found without a classic, black leather tote bag on my arm.

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