Luggage Restrictions

louis-vuitton-luggageSize, Number and Weight Restrictions

It may seem early to discuss luggage and packing, but if you know current industry standards for international flights you can start to plan what type of luggage you’ll use, how much clothing to bring, etc.  The following information can help you in your trip preparations. Please confirm your U.S./international luggage limits directly with your airline.  You should also check with the airlines on luggage fees—many airlines charge to check luggage, even on international flights. Others may charge a fee if you bring a second carry-on item, like a purse or a laptop. These fees are not included in your trip price; they are payable directly to the airlines. If you are making a connecting flight, you should also confirm if your luggage can be checked through to your final destination.

Airline Limits

  • Pieces per person: One checked bag and one carry-on bag per person.
  • Weight restrictions: Varies by airline. The current standard is 50lbs for checked bags and 15 lbs for carry-on bags.
  • Size restrictions: Varies by airline. Measured in linear inches (length+width+depth). Generally, 62 linear inches is the checked bag limit; carry-on limit is 45 linear inches.

Trip Limits

One suitcase and one carry-on bag per person: Due to the space limitations on bus transfers, you’ll be restricted to one suitcase and one carry-on bag per person. This is to ensure that we have room for everyone’s luggage. We ask that you abide by this limit to avoid inconveniencing your fellow travelers and prevent additional airlines luggage fees (which are your responsibility). Most airlines now charge to check more than one suitcase per person for flights to Europe and other international flights.

Luggage Suggestions

Consider using a daypack or small backpack as your carry-on bag for flights. It can do double duty during excursions and walking trips. A daypack leaves your hands free and distributes the weight of whatever you carry onto your back or hips. Packed with your daily travel needs (sweater, camera, rain/wind jacket, water bottle, etc.), it can compress to fit the snug storage space of foreign motorcoaches, and yet still have space for that impulse buy at a local street market.  Consider a duffel bag or soft-sided suitcase for your main luggage.  All bags should have luggage tags. Packing is easier if you use inner bags to help organize your gear. Plastic shopping bags, nylon stuff sacks, small zipper duffels, or special mesh bags can separate clothing, gear and dirty laundry inside your suitcase. Isolate liquid toiletries in heavy-duty Ziploc style bags – which are generally quite handy to have when traveling.  Optional: a second, empty lockable bag folded into your main suitcase, with a luggage tag and small lock. Use this to carry souvenirs home (but remember that you may incur added luggage fees.)

TSA Locks

To reduce the risk of damage to your luggage, please do not lock your bags when checking in for flights within the U.S.! The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has the responsibility for screening every piece of checked luggage at commercial airports throughout the U.S.  According to the TSA, baggage-handling agents may require access to the contents of your luggage and will break locks as required. There are locks available from retailers that are “accepted and recognized” by TSA. TSA screeners have tools for opening and re-locking bags using those locks, thus avoiding damage to the lock or bag if a physical inspection is required. Visit their web site at www.tsa.gov/public for a list of TSA-accepted locks and other travel suggestions.  On all flights outside of the U.S., we strongly recommend you lock your luggage.