I know, yet again another travel organizing post. I promise this is the last one for the year.
Recently, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) decided to set the maximum for carry on bag to be 21.5 X 13.5 X 7.5 inches. To give you a visual on how small this size is, I use my smallest rolling bag as a comparison. Here is some background on this bag. It was my mother’s carry on. She traveled a great deal and wanted a bag that would be easy to carry and roll down the aisle while on the airplane and this carry on did just that. She purchased it from Brookstone. I don’t even think they have it any longer, but I included the carry on bag page from their website above. It is over 10 years old.
My carry on’s length is about 1.5 inches shorter than the suggested length as you can see here.
The width of my bag is actually the suggested measurement – 13.5 inches. Wahoo!
But the depth is 1.5 inches too high when the pockets are full. If I never use the pockets in the front of the bag, it would just fit and that’s not going to happen.
After they announced these new requirements, there were several protests from airlines so IATA backed down. But, I don’t think this change is gone for good.
To help you deal with the shrinking carry on luggage probability, here are organizing carry on bag tips:
As always, roll any extra clothes you plan on carrying with you. First, flatten the clothes, even the socks, on top of one another and then roll them starting from one side to the other. This will help minimize the space needed for items that must likely will not be used on the plane. Then, place them in a Space Compressible Bag BRS-9212ZG Vacuum-Seal Travel Roll Bags, Set of 4 as I mentioned in a earlier post.
Reduce your electronics to one or two devices. Have your phone and another device, like a tablet or laptop in your carry on bag.
If you have kids traveling with you and they have their own seat, have them carry a carry on backpack. At age 5, we started having our kids carry their own bag. The bag was smaller, lighter and didn’t hold much but it helped them be more independent and allowed us to have more space in our bag. Note: Have them put the back pack on and walk around with it before your trip to help them get use to the weight. Here is a cute one I found on Amazon.com. If you want to buy it, click on the image below.
Fill the front pockets of your carry on with items you plan on pulling out during flight. Items that you can place in these outside pockets are pens, paper, notepads, gum, water bottle, cellphone, etc… Note: Only place items in the outside packet if the pocket has a zipper.
Carry a smaller handbag that fits your essentials (like your wallet and cellphone) inside your larger carry on bag. This way, you can take out that handbag when you get to your destination and not have to shuffle through your larger luggage.
Have all your important items in one place in your bag for access when needed. Be sure to have it in a zipper pocket close to yourself for safety.
I really hope they do not make these required changes for a while because I don’t want to spend the money and buy new carry on bags. How do you feel about these new proposed requirements?
I hope these tips help you make your next trip more organized. What is your favorite tip or item to carry with you in your carry on bag? Please leave a comment below.