Carry-on Baggage Advice for Air Travelers

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Only the rare passenger flies without carrying at least one piece of carry-on baggage, and many have to check one or more pieces of luggage as well. While there is always the risk of having items lost, misplaced, stolen, or damaged, many of the common risks can be reduced, avoided, or eliminated with a little bit of planning. The following pieces of advice provide some basic information on how to deal with many of the more common baggage related issues.

A reasonable approach to carry-on baggage is keep in mind three things: think small, think smart, and think safe. Keep in mind the following points when you pack and you will likely avoid any problems with your carry-on baggage while you are on the aircraft

Think Small

The maximum size carry-on bag for most airlines is 45 linear inches (the total of the height, width, and depth of the bag). Anything larger should be checked.

No oversize packages or luggage can be stowed on-board. Stow only your essentials (such as prescriptions, personal hygiene items, passports and other documentation) and valuable items, such as jewelry or cameras, in your carry-on bag.

Think Smart

Plan to check more of your baggage and carry less with you in the cabin.
Check with your airline before packing to determine its carry-on guidelines regarding the number of items you may carry and the maximum size of those items.
Keep valuable or hard to replace items like money, jewelry, computers, computer data, and important papers with you in carry-on baggage and not in checked baggage.
In certain situations the airline may require most or even all of your bags to be checked, so be prepared to do so.

Think Safe

Carry-on items which may fall from overhead bins can injure you or other passengers during flight or in the event of an emergency evacuation. Stow heavy items under the seat in front of you, not overhead. Don’t stack items in the overhead storage bin. If an emergency evacuation is necessary, leave your carry-on items on the plane. Retrieving personal items may impede the safe evacuation of passengers. Remember, be safety conscious be when stowing your carry-on items.

Think Healthy

Make sure that you keep items critical to your health and well being with you in the cabin and not in checked baggage.
If travel with eyeglasses or sunglasses, make sure your have a sturdy eyeglass case for each pair to protect them while they are in your carry-on or in another bag in the overhead bin.


Arrange for some special medical needs. Remember that if you need something for medical reasons, in most cases you will be allowed to take it with you in your carry on baggage, even if it is one of the items normally prohibited in the cabin.
If you are a diabetic, make sure you pack with you medical supplies, emergency snacks, and other items that diabetics should carry when traveling.

Enjoy the trouble free Journey by remembering these special measures and practices! Bon Voyage

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