Travel Tips

Carry On Luggage Rules & Tips

By on November 1, 2014

Bric's LifeWith the changing face of travel, it is often hard to find the right carry on luggage. It seems like the airlines are always changing their minds, making it difficult for us travelers. With so many options from various luggage companies, it’s really up to the consumer to figure out which piece of carry on truly fits. There are so many things to consider when choosing a carry on so here’s a quick list.

Carry On Size & Weight Are Key
Check the website of the airline you are flying for the most up to date rules, dimensions, weights and info. Don’t rely on an outdated sheet from a store or travel agent. If flying on a foreign carrier, there will be some differences in both weight and size compared to US based airlines. Checking the website will ensure you are within the limits. If you are flying internationally, especially with a connecting flight, always double check both the weight and dimension restrictions. Even if you are flying direct on an international flight, your wheeled carry on is subject to weight limitations and can be weighed by the gate agent. This happens frequently, especially on foreign carriers, so be sure not to be overweight. Always start with the most light weight carry on you can find. Don’t forget to use your portable luggage scale at home to double check. Remember, in addition to your wheeled carry on, in most cases, you are allowed a soft sided “personal item”. It should fit under your seat and sizes do vary. A smart personal item should have a sleeve that allows you to slide it over the handle of your carry-on.


  • The wheeled carry-ons below all have measurements that are true sizing and include all parts of the bag and wheels
  • Both the Roncato Venice, Roncato UNO ZSL and Bric’s Bellagio are among the most lightweight carry-ons on the market.
  • The bags below fit in every sizing bin at the airport and are endorsed by several international carriers for their smaller aircrafts. Roncato & Brics are European brands, with over 60 yrs in bag business and their luggage is designed and made in Italy. Their bags are made to fit small European planes. In addition, I have personally taken the Eagle Creek Tarmac AWD 22 on several flights (and trains) within Europe with no problem.
  • Each bag below is extremely well designed, attractive and with loads of modern features to make life easier on the road.

Roncato_united Roncato_Delta

Super light weight 4.1 lbs. Made in Italy.

Super light weight 4.1 lbs. Made in Italy.

Roncato Venice Deluxe 22” Carry-On
MATERIAL : 400x450d Nylon / Polyester

PRODUCT SIZE : 13¾” x 21¾” x 9¼” | 40 x 55 x 23.5 cm

CAPACITY : 3050 cu. in. | 50 L

WEIGHT : 4.8 lbs | 
2.2 kg
Bellagio 21″ Carry-On Spiner Trunk

DIMENSIONS (INCHES): 14 x 21 x 8

WEIGHT: 5.8000 LBS

MATERIAL: lightweight polycarbonate material

Int’l Carry On Approved by various international airlines

This is why I chose the Eagle Creek Tarmac 22 AWD. It fits in just about any aircraft. Even on small planes in Europe.

This is why I chose the Eagle Creek Tarmac 22 AWD. It fits in just about any aircraft. Even on small planes in Europe.

Eagle Creek Tarmac AWD 22

CAPACITY: 2325 cu in | 38 L

EXPANDED: 2550 cu in | 42 L

WEIGHT: 8 lbs 2 oz | 3.69 kg

MATERIAL: Polycarbonate | Bi-Tech™ | Bi-Tech™ Armor

DIMENSIONS: 14 x 22 x 9 in | 36 x 56 x 24 cm

EXPANDED: 14 x 22 x 11 in | 36 x 56 x 28 cm

*DISCLOSURE: I was not financially compensated for these endorsements. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience, research and travels.

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    October 14, 2014

    Thanks for the tips. I am just getting started with traveling and struggle with packing.

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Angel Castellanos
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