Leaving On A Jet Plane

Packing tips for those Summer holidays.

Perhaps if you’re lucky- you’ve already jetted off somewhere, been camping, or been adventuring away from home. But maybe you’ve wanted to hold out for the cheapest deals- or to take a holiday before the kids go back to school. Perhaps, like plenty of others,  you’re now the proud owner of a last minute holiday!

If you’re in a rush to pack and leave, you need to get your luggage right! Depending on where you are flying to and what airline you’re using, your luggage allowance can vary. Many airlines charge more for you to take more than the bare minimum, so you need to pack smart to avoid getting stung! So what are the rules when it comes to baggage limits?

Each bag must fit in the overhead cabin of the plane. Generally, airlines have the policy that if you are travelling in a group of two or more you can spread the weight of your luggage across the bags as long as you don’t exceed the 40kg total weight allowance. If you go over the weight limit, you will get charged, although some airlines allow you to ‘buy’ more luggage space at check in. However remember that for any one person, there is a legal limit that a bag over 32kg cannot be accepted.

These are the baggage limits based on information at the time of writing based on the limits applied to adults travelling economy; more space may be issued to those in business class (lucky things!)
British Airways Luggage Allowance

  • 1 main piece of hand baggage 56cm x 45cm x 25cm including the handle, pockets and wheels.
  • Handbag up to the dimensions 45cm x 36cm x 20cm including the handle and pockets-must fit under the seat in front of you.
  • 1 checked bag of 90cm x 75cm x 43cm including the handle, pockets and wheels.

Virgin Atlantic Luggage Allowance

  • 1 piece of hand baggage 23 x 36 x 56cm, (approx 9 x 14 x 22 inches) and 13lb/6kg in weight.
  • 1 main piece if checked baggage, up to 90 x 75 x 43cm . Up to 23kg (50lbs) each.
  • Easyjet Luggage Allowance
  • 1 piece includes handbags and 1 piece of hand luggage to carry on – 56 x 45 x 25cm
  • 20kg of hold luggage. No stated dimensions.

Ryan Air Luggage Allowance

  • 1 piece (includes handbags and 1 piece) of hand luggage to carry on – weighing up to 10kg 55cm x 40cm x 20cm
  • Up to 32 kilos or no more combined dimensions of more than 81cms (height), 119cms (width) and 119cms (depth)

BMI Luggage Allowance

  • 1 piece max size 55x40x23cm, plus one personal item. Handbags can be taken separately, except at Leeds Bradford.
  • Short UK hold – 1 piece, max weight 20kg. *You must be able to lift your cabin bag unaided into an overhead locker!*
  • Saudi Arabia, Middle East, Africa and Eastern and Western European – 20kg in unlimited pieces.

(Please remember to check direct with your airline before you fly! GO Outdoors cannot accept any responsibility for information taken from this guide as rules do change from time to time! Read our full guide to travelling here)

And if you need to you can view all our holiday luggage!

Happy last minute holidays!