Tips when preparing our hand luggage

Hand luggage has become in recent years the only suitcase where we can carry personal belongings with us during our trips. Dimensions and weight have suffered restrictions mainly due to the less and less lax regulations imposed by low-cost airlines such as Ryanair or Easyjet.

Take out paper and a pen because in this article we explain some practical tips about:

  • What we recommend to carry in hand luggage
  • What are the prohibited items?
  • Measurements and weight allowed by airlines

Recommended Items | What do we recommend to bring in your carry-on bag?

Documentation (Passport, DNI, Visas) and Money

Advice on what we should carry in hand luggage.  Documentation such as passport, ID or visa.

Take it in your carry-on suitcase, in your bag, backpack, pockets or wherever you want but!do not make the mistake of putting your documentation in the checked suitcase! If you do that, you will get a very unpleasant surprise when you land in the destination country and discover that the immigration control is prior to the collection of luggage and that your passport is inside it.

ADVICE When the flight is full and the airline staff consider that our carry-on bag does not fit in the cabin, they will offer (or require) to check it in at no additional cost so that it travels in the hold instead of traveling with us. If this offer (or requirement) is made to us during the plane boarding, it is very likely that we forget that we have the passport in the suitcase and then we have a real problem when we arrive in the destination country and not be able to teach immigration officials the document that will allow us to access the checked baggage collection area.

Depending on the country where you are going to travel, you will only need to present your ID, passport or even have applied for and obtained a visa. Always carry this documentation with you, either in your handbag or cabin suitcase.

Makeup bag

What we recommend to put in your carry-on bag

A toiletry bag with all the cleaning supplies that we will need is essential. It’s very importantdo not carry any container with liquid (gels, shampoo, creams …) that exceeds the 100 ml allowed in the cabin!. Some of the things that we recommend to put in our toiletry bag for survival are:

  • Shampoo
  • Gel
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Moisturizer
  • Shaving tools
  • Feminine hygiene items
  • Solar protection


recommended medicines to carry in hand luggage

If we need them, let’s not forget to take our medicines with us in the cabin. We recommend taking them in their original container and, if they are in liquid format and exceed 100 milliliters, always carry the corresponding medical prescription.

Change clothes

What to carry on the hand luggage.  Change clothes

It is important to bring both daily clothes and extra underwear for 1-2 nights in case the airline loses our checked luggage.

  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • 2 t-shirts
  • 1 pants
  • 1 sweater or sweatshirt
  • Replacement shoes or sneakers

Warm clothes during the flight

Bring warm clothes in hand luggage for the cold during the flight

On many flights the temperature in the cabin resembles a freezer and we should be prepared for it. We recommend some clothes that we consider essential to wear during the flight because it is more than likely that we will have to use them:

  • Fat Socks
  • Stockings or long pants
  • Sweater or sweatshirt

Cocoa or Vaseline for the lips

We recommend bringing cocoa or Vaseline for the lips to combat the dryness of the environment during the flight

The Acabin environment It may be more or less cold but what we can assure you is that it will bedry, very dry. This dryness will probably cause our lips to chap. Take away cocoa, petroleum jelly, or lip moisturizer.

Disinfectant wet towels

We recommend carrying disinfectant wipes

According to experts, airplanes are an excellent breeding ground for the proliferation of different types of germs and more specifically toilets. As we do not want to risk getting sick during our trip, we recommend carrying some disinfectant wet wipes that we can use from time to time to keep our hands spotless.


Recommendations on what to carry in hand luggage.  Ebook, and Tablet

Do not forget to bring a good book either in physical or electronic format, tablet, smartphone, headphones for music … Although it is true that on most long-haul flights the planes have entertainment screens where we can watch movies, series or play video games; We can only control the entertainment content if we bring it ourselves.

Anticipate or get bored!

Powerbank (external battery)

We recommend carrying a power bank in your hand luggage to make sure that we do not run out of battery in the mobile or tablet

You don’t want your entertainment to run out because your electronic device runs out of battery. A great option is to carry a power bank or external battery that can charge our mobile or similar several times. Do not forget the cable necessary for charging. By the way, the power bank they are fully allowed in hand luggage but not in checked luggage . In this Web They make a very interesting comparison of the best power banks that we can find today in the market as well as offering us useful tips and recommendations.

Pack your carry-on like a pro

In this video you can see some very useful tips when packing our hand luggage to maximize the available space:

Prohibited items | What can NOT be carried in hand luggage?

Beyond the famous firearms, swords, rocket launchers and several other things that are difficult for us to carry with us, there are a series of daily elements prohibited in the cabin that we should take into account as liquids and gels in a container greater than 100 milliliters (beware of deodorants, perfumes, toothpaste, etc.), work tools, sports accessories such as ski poles, golf clubs, flammable substances, sharp objects …

We leave you this wonderful article from skyscanner that perfectly breaks down all the prohibited items in the carry-on bag during a flight

Measurements and weight allowed of the cabin suitcase

The measurements Allowance of our carry-on suitcase will depend on the airline in question with which we are going to fly.

The minimum measures, accepted in all airlines and with which we will never have problems are 55cm x 35cm x 20cm.

The most frequent measures accepted by most low cost airlines such as vueling or ryanair are 55cm x 40cm x 20cm.

He maximum weight allowed for our cabin bag depends again on the airline. The most restrictive airline in this sense it would be Emirates that establishes a maximum weight of 7kg while in some airlines like Iberia there is no limit weight in hand luggage as long as it does not exceed the allowed dimensions. Low cost airlines like Vueling or Ryanair allow a maximum weight of 10kg so we can take this figure as a reference.

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