How to Measure a Suitcase for Airline Travel
Measuring a Suitcase:
Use a Tape Measure
Use a tape measure to determine the dimensions of each piece of luggage. Measure the length, width, and height of your suitcase and write down the numbers. You will want to use inches, not feet, for your measurements. Airlines use total inches to determine maximum allowable luggage size.
Include protruding handles and wheels in your measurements. If your suitcase has an expandable outer pocket, try measuring it when the pocket is empty and filled. While the suitcase may fall within the size limits when the expandable pocket is not in use, it might be too large when the pocket is filled.
Compare Your Measurements
Compare the total size of your luggage to the maximum size allowed by your airline. If your number is higher than the airline’s number, you will be charged an extra fee. You can find your airline’s baggage policy by calling the airline or checking the airline’s Website.
Weigh Your Luggage
Weigh your bag after you pack it to determine if it is too heavy. If you have a small bathroom scale, you can get a general idea of the weight of your suitcase by stepping on the scale without the suitcase and noting your weight. Step back on the scale while you are holding the suitcase and note this number. Subtract the difference between the numbers for an approximate weight of your bag.
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