All you need to know about hand luggage

All you need to know about hand luggage

Plan a weekend trip abroad and there’s no reason why you shouldn’t pack the bare essentials inside one item of hand luggage. Travel light and don’t bother packing a suitcase at all, excess luggage will only get in your way!

There’s always the temptation to pack too much into your case for a weekend break, a decent sized cabin bag should swallow up all those essentials though and it means you’ll have less bags to carry.

There’s quite a lot you can cram inside cabin luggage if you follow a few guidelines…

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Check hand luggage sizes

Double-check with your flight provider for exact sizes of hand luggage. This can vary from one operator to the next so it’s worth verifying the size allowances before you fly. Some budget airlines keep their prices low by allowing a relatively small amount of hand luggage on board, whilst long-haul flights generally allow you to take more luggage in the cabin with you.

Be mindful of prohibited items

A whole range of items are prohibited from cabin bags, check properly before you fly away to be sure of the rules. The main items not allowed inside hand luggage include:

  • Replica or toy guns
  • Scissors
  • Knives
  • Razor blades
  • Syringes
  • Darts
  • Knitting needles
  • Sports bats
  • Catapults
  • Items which could be used to restrain a person

Consider the liquid rules

You have an empty suitcase that needs filling, it conforms to the size restrictions, it’s got a nifty foldaway handle and smooth-running wheels so trundling it to the airport shouldn’t be a problem.

Is there anything else you need to think about?


Special consideration needs to be given to liquids. The rules are strict but easy to understand,

Basically, any liquids you take onboard the plane with you should be placed within 100ml containers. These containers should then be placed inside a clear, re-sealable bag no larger than 20cm x 20cm.

When prompted, present the special ‘liquids’ bag at security for verification. Try to go over the set limit and you could have the items confiscated.