View Full Version : Carry-on size (average)

16-01-2010, 10:50 PM
I was wondering what the average size of a carry-on is? Specifically, what size will allow the most travel with several different airlines?

Also, are disposable razors allowed on carry-ons?

17-01-2010, 03:08 AM
I have a 22" and it's sometimes too big for the overhead. I'd go with a bit smaller one if at all possible. 20" or so. I've been looking at luggage recently again. I have a Tumi for the 22" and let me tell you, pricey yes, but worth every cent.

I bought an off brand last weekend. Used it Monday for the first time. US Air baggage handlers broke a wheel off at the first go. :hopmad: They have the case now and are planning on repairing it, but I'll always be nervous about using it, if it's that easily broken.

So! I'm going to get another Tumi. Not sure if I'll go with a 26" or the rolling garmet bag, but either way, it's a Tumi for sure.

The off brand I bought was a 28" and it ended up being overweight when packed, so it's too large.

Tough stuff buying a decent bag that will suit your needs and fit on the airplanes.

I did find a beautiful leather bag today though. 25". It came with a protective plastic sheild for checking... it's not quite big enough though. :sigh: I need one around 26" I think. The 22" is great for nearly everything, but when I have to carry training materials, etc.

The leather bag was a Mandarina Duck (Italian Leather) and is still calling my name...

Not sure which one I'll go with, but I'm pretty sure it will be another Tumi (in the same color as the first) as that was my intention when I bought the 22 incher.

More than you needed to know eh?

I don't believe I've had problems with disposable razors, but I honestly don't know.

17-01-2010, 04:06 AM
I now want to check out the leather one and will also look into the Tumi brand.

So, 20" should be okay with most airlines for carry-on.

17-01-2010, 05:00 AM
Yes. I believe 20" would cover you for internation too (which has smaller allowances).

Just browsed the Mandarina Duck website. Take a look! They have some nice things.

Tumi has a new series, a hardside, four wheeled case. Looks pretty interesting. I may take a look at that myself. They also have a four wheeled extended stay case, not what you are looking for (but what I am! :D ) so I'll try to find one of those to actually touch... Nordstroms carries them here, and then there is the Tumi outlet.

17-01-2010, 02:33 PM
I was thinking about a hard case. I've never had one of those.

17-01-2010, 05:18 PM
I like the Tumi four wheeler... hard side. :yes:

The only thing is, not much space for overstuffing then, eh? :D :D

Plus, if you don't get a "good one" you'll have problems with cracking, I've been told.

17-01-2010, 05:41 PM
Cracking? Hmm, I had not thought of that!

How is samsonite?

17-01-2010, 06:29 PM
Samsonite has a good reputation... haven't used one in years. American Tourister is another one with a good rep...

Double check the pricing though. Sometimes you can pay more for one of those than a Tumi (which gets the highest rating for quality from Consumer Reports).

17-01-2010, 09:23 PM
Thanks Tink!

I do love Consumer Reports. Will have to keep an eye out!

17-01-2010, 11:47 PM
Keep in mind, that although I'm not a "purse/handbag/pocketbook" sort of person I'm a "bag" FREAK!!! I LOVE luggage, backpacks, computer cases, rolling bags, all that sort of stuff, so I'm willing to pay a little more for things. Plus, I use them VERY hard so I do need something to hold up for at least a year at a time. :yes:

My Da used (well still does) to have this wicked suitcase. It was the old style hard, stiched leather. It opened and had dividers that covered each side, one with pockets, one without. I LOVED that suitcase as a kid and have been trying to find something since then that I liked as well! :lol: Mostly it's memories, eh?

But do check out that leather Mandrina Duck... :D :D Not a carry on though. :sigh:

18-01-2010, 12:11 AM
I can only imagine how that leather suitcase smelled, in a good way of course. :D

I need something when I go to a conference in October and when I start traveling for internship interviews this coming winter.

18-01-2010, 02:31 AM
Speaking of smell...

I checked out a couple of cases in Marshall's. Man did they stink! I can't imagine getting the odor out of the case. Your clothes would stink too.

If you do look in off market places be sure the thing doesn't smell like the bottom of an oil pit!

18-01-2010, 03:11 AM
All I can say is Ewwww!

18-01-2010, 09:05 AM
How is samsonite?
I can`t speak highly enough about the after sales service of Samsonite.
Last year one of the wheels on one of our cases was damaged en-route back from Florida and Samsonite sent me replacements free of charge even though the case was years old.

18-01-2010, 10:00 AM
See? That's a great recommendation! I know my Da used Samsonite for his secondary suitcase (a much larger one than the leather one that I mentioned earlier in the thread). I think he still has that one too! It was a hard side case.

18-01-2010, 03:22 PM
Slowhand, that's a fabulous recommendation! I will definitely look into them!