According to the TSA (Transport Security Administration), there are two major factors that always bring ease to your travel. First is proper, ahead of time packing and the second is planning in advance. These also can simplify and speed up the screening process at the airport which makes the whole experience even better.
Therefore, do pack ahead of time and plan in advance which starts with measuring and picking the right size duffle bag for carry-on. So, how will you know the measurement? Simple. Just keep reading!
What’s a Carry-On Duffle?
Let’s rewind the definition of carry-on before we proceed further. Between the two types of baggage, we carry at the airport other than the checked one, the one that we carry with ourselves onboard is the carry-on. And if you carry a duffle (usually a smaller one) on board, it becomes your carry-on duffle bag.
What’s the Right Size?
The FAR (Federal Aviation Regulations) section 121.589(a) states the order to control the size of the carry-on baggage and the amount in it to be taken on board. These have to be checked by the particular airline’s approved carry-on baggage guidelines. Hence, every airline has its own guidelines for size and amount that one can carry.
But in general, by the FAA’s (Federal Aviation Administration) carry-on baggage tips your bag or duffle should not be more than 45 linear inches or 114.3 linear centimeters for most airlines. And linear means the sum of all three dimensions of the bag; the height, width, and depth.
How To Measure A Duffle Bag For Carry On
It’s time to measure your carry-on duffle. In that case, you may already have some measurements that you got or told by the retailer when you bought it or you may measure it by yourself.
It’s Best To Double-check the Retail Measurements
When it comes to retail shops, most often they promote their items highlighting the best features only. They will be merchandising their line of products almost all suitable for most of the airline’s conditions. Therefore, it is very easy to be tricked or misguided for your particular need. Hence, it’s ideal not to rely just on the retailers measurements but to double-check yourself.
Measure it at Home By yourself
To do so first, you want to put the bag on the floor or a table, as you will be putting it at the airport. Then stand directly above it and measure all three dimensions at their highest. Make sure you include zippers, handles, or anything that sort as those will be taken into consideration during the measurement at the airport.
Sum up all and make sure that it does not exceed the limit, 45 linear inches, or the measurement particular to your airline. Also, be mindful of the weight too while you pack.
And for the cylindrical-shaped duffle take the radius (which is half of the diameter) and from that calculate the square root of the circular area (pi x radius x radius). Now, two times the square root plus the height of the bag is your linear inches. And you should be okay if it is equal or less than the limit.
Tips for Your Carry-On Duffle
While planning to travel, here are some hacks for your carry-on duffle,
- Always measure your bag while it is packed.
- It’s always better to cross-check the measures with your particular airline’s guideline.
- Try not to pack oversized and try to carry-on less.
- Place your duffle bag with a heavy item in it beneath the seat in front of you, don’t put it overhead.
Regarding your carry-on duffle bag if it is larger or heavier it must be checked in. So, keep things simple, small, and light. Anything heavy, try to avoid it altogether or make it checked in if you can’t.
Most importantly do take your time to measure both the size and the weight of your duffle bag. It may feel like a cliché by now but it will very well be worth it at the end for your whole journey for it to be a very beautiful one.
And, remember, traveling with a lighter carry-on is always the smarter way. Happy journey!