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You’ve got your trip all figured out. Flight plans? Scheduled. Hotel reservations? Booked. An itinerary that meticulously tracks everything you’re going to do every waking hour? Primed and ready. 

You know this thing like the back of your hand. So why is it still so tough to pick which suitcase to bring with you? We get it. With so many suitcase sizes to choose from, it can be challenging to figure out which one will best suit your journey. But have no fear — we’ve got some tips to help make that choice a little easier. Ahead, our handy dandy luggage size guide. 

Personal Item

A personal item is typically a purse,briefcasebackpackcrossbody bag, or tote that you can take on your flight without paying an additional fee. However, some rules apply in terms of what is considered a “personal item.” It has to fit under your seat for starters, yet there are still individual size requirements depending on which carrier you are flying with. As a ballpark figure, the dimensions are roughly 6-9 inches in width, 10-14 inches in height, and 17-18.5 in length, but always double-check with your airline first. 

Not sure how to measure a suitcase? Whether you need to know small travel luggage size or large, simply use a tape measure to record height (up and down), width (left to right), and depth (front to back). 

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Cabin Bag (Up to 16”)

Ideal for long weekends and short business trips, cabin bags are more comfortable to maneuver than bulky satchels, or handbags. They can easily fit in the overhead bin, so you don’t have to worry about the hassle of checking your bag. You don’t need to worry about not having enough space as some of our cabin bags, such as the Medium Two-Wheel Expandable Brief, provide a little extra room so you can mix business with pleasure if need be.  

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Carry-On Bag (19-22”)

Don’t assume that the same carry-on you brought on your flight to L.A. will fit in the overhead on your trip to Hong Kong. 

Every airline has its own size and weight restrictions for carry-on bags, so make sure you check your airline’s guidelines before you pack to save a lot of hassle (and moolah) by checking. 

Of course, you want to get the most out of your bag, and our Carry-On Expandable Spinner can fit up to four more days’ worth of clothes than standard carry-on luggage without breaking those pesky height restrictions. Briggs & Riley’s patented CX TM Technology allows you to expand, pack more, compress, and go —  because yes, those “just in case” outfits are sometimes necessary. 

Flying may be measured in miles, but packing is a game of inches. While typical domestic flights will allow you to take a carry-on that’s up to 22” in height, if you’re flying beyond borders, make sure you bring both your passport and a smaller suitcase, as most international flights only allow a max height of 21”


Medium Size Checked Luggage (25-27”)

A medium-sized suitcase is essential for those in-between trips that are more than a weekend getaway but don’t quite take you into multi-country tour territory. Even so, that doesn’t mean you can’t pack more and worry less about what you’re leaving behind. Our Medium Expandable Spinner is a heavy hitter, letting you carry enough clothes to last 6-10 days compared to the 4-6 days you’ll get from other medium spinners!

Large Size Checked Luggage (29-31”)

For truly epic adventures, look no further than our Extra Large Expandable Spinner. It can carry up to a whopping 10-12 days’ worth of clothes, a world away from what other large spinners can hold. Gone are the days of worrying about what gets left hanging in the closet. Now you’ve got room for everything. 

Regardless of where you travel, always be aware of your airline’s luggage limitations. With features like CX™, our bags will allow you to pack more —  but it's up to you to make sure you've doubled and maybe even tripled (we’re not judging) checked that the bag you're bringing fits within the airline's size restrictions. With packing power comes tremendous packing responsibility, too. 

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