eisen mit Handgepäck: Da fragt man sich doch: was kommt in den Handgepäckkoffer? R ironing with hand luggage: One wonders: what comes in the hand luggage case? What may I take in hand luggage and how do I pack my suitcase so that everything fits in as well as possible? Anyway what do I take with me, with limited space? Here you will find a compact carry-on packing list , which you can practically take to hand and only have to pack your things in the suitcase.

Traveling with hand luggage is becoming increasingly popular. Especially if you travel to and from your destination, eg island hopping trips, city trips or longer trips with different destinations, traveling is only possible with carry-on luggage, because you are more flexible with small luggage, not so much haul, no extra seat for luggage have to pay (such as some airlines or minivan taxi in Thailand) and of course not so much to tow. In addition, some airlines attract with cheaper rates.

Traveling with hand luggage: advantages

  • cheap hand luggage fares on air travel
  • get on and off faster when traveling by air (without baggage)
  • less lugging of excessively heavy luggage
  • more flexibility when traveling
  • easy pull of luggage trolley
  • easy to stow away in the storage compartment

Traveling with hand luggage: What should I consider?

Since I'm not a backpacker, was never one and also no one, because such a backpack on my back would be just too heavy, I would always take a trolley, which can be pulled comfortably or can easily be stowed when traveling up in the drawers , Even with a travel bag I was already on the way (eg on safari trips). But that's my priority. Even if you travel with Backpack, the hand luggage regulations of the airlines apply, which you have to observe. These renew again and again from time to time. So worth the side of the respective airline to check before departure. So you avoid nasty surprises at the counter.

Traveling with hand luggage: Take the right carry-on luggage

If you travel only with hand luggage, you should first get a good, robust and above all lightweight hand luggage trolley. Because especially on air travel, you are tied to certain specifications of the airlines in terms of weight and size. Some airlines accept 8 kg, some only 5 kg, some even 10 kg per carry-on luggage as cabin luggage. In most cases, you can also take a piece of luggage on board. This includes, for example, one

Of course, you can also hand in your carry-on luggage at the check-in counter, as I said, there are different rates from airline to airline, depending on what you have booked.

The following requirements apply to most airlines - please check it again with the respective airlines.

Guidelines for carry-on luggage in the aircraft (cabin luggage):

  • 5 to 10 kg (depending on airline)
  • Dimensions: max. 55 x 40 x 23 cm

Here is a small overview of the regulations of the respective airlines:

  • Lufthansa: 55 cm x 40 cm x 23 cm, maximum 8 kg
  • Condor: 55 cm x 40 cm x 20 cm, maximum 6 kg
  • German wings: 55 cm x 40 cm x 23 cm, maximum 8 kg
  • EasyJet: 56 cm x 45 cm x 25 cm
  • KLM: 55 cm × 35 cm × 25 cm, maximum 12 kg
  • Ryanair: 55 cm x 40 cm x 20 cm
  • Singapore Airlines: l + b + h = max. 115 cm7 kg
  • American Airlines 56 cm × 36 cm × 23 cm
  • Delta Air Lines 56 cm × 35 cm × 23 cm
  • United Airlines 56 cm × 35 cm × 22 cm
  • Austrian Airlines 55 cm × 40 cm × 23 cm 8 kg
  • Air France 55 cm × 35 cm × 25 cm, 12 kg
  • British Airways 56 cm × 45 cm × 25 cm 23 kg
  • Aeroflot 55 cm × 40 cm × 25 cm, 10 kg
  • Aeroméxico 56 cm × 36 cm × 23 cm, 10 kg
  • Aer Lingus 55 cm × 40 cm × 24 cm, 10 kg
  • Air China 55 cm × 40 cm × 20 cm, 5 kg
  • Air Malta 55 cm × 40 cm × 20 cm, 10 kg
  • Alitalia 55 cm × 35 cm × 25 cm, 8 kg
  • Copa Airlines 56 cm × 36 cm × 23 cm, 10 kg
  • Air Europa 55 cm × 35 cm × 25 cm, 10 kg
  • Emirates 55 cm × 38 cm × 20 cm 7 kg
  • Qatar Airways: 50 cm × 37 cm × 25 cm, maximum 7 kg
  • Oman Air: l + b + h = max. 115 cm, 7 kg
  • Royal Air Maroc: l + b + h = max. 115 cm, 10 kg
  • Finnair 56 cm × 45 cm × 25 cm, 8 kg
  • Germania 55 cm × 40 cm × 20 cm, 6 kg
  • Iberia 56 cm × 45 cm × 25 cm no details
  • Japan Airlines 55 cm × 40 cm × 25 cm, 10 kg
  • SAS Scandinavian Airlines 55 cm × 40 cm × 23 cm, 8 kg
  • Sunexpress 55 cm × 40 cm × 23 cm, 8 kg
  • Sundair 55 cm × 40 cm × 20 cm, 6 kg
  • Swiss 55 cm × 40 cm × 23 cm, 8 kg
  • TAP Air Portugal 55 cm × 40 cm × 20 cm, 8 kg
  • Thai Airways 56 cm × 45 cm × 25 cm, 7 kg
  • TUIfly 55 cm × 40 cm × 20 cm, 6 kg
  • Turkish Airlines 55 cm × 40 cm × 23 cm, 8 kg
  • Wizz Air 55 cm × 40 cm × 23 cm

Traveling with hand luggage: what you should pay attention to in a carry-on luggage

You should not save on the quality of your carry-on luggage here, it really pays off and after all, you have a suitcase for a few years. It should be able to withstand a lot, be lightweight and still have plenty of storage space and sturdy wheels and handles, as they are often very strained. Grade rolls and grips give up the fastest and break, so do not save here. I have two carry-on luggage. A hardcover and a softshell cover. I usually take the hardcover on all weekend trips, train trips, etc. It is sturdy and easy to pull. With eight wheels and a flexible handle, it is very handy and can be pushed and rolled well. But on air travel, I usually take the soft-shell suitcase, because it is a little lighter and also fits more.

Criteria for a good hand luggage case:

  • light
  • robust
  • good roles and handles

My carry-on luggage recommendations:

I use these hand luggage suitcases:

You can also find suitable luggage for hand luggage travel on Amazon. I have had good experiences here:

Stylish Travel: the most beautiful hand luggage suitcases in style


Traveling with hand luggage: pack cosmetics, drugstore items liquids properly

Many readers ask me: Can I take hair foam in my hand luggage? or is hair spray prohibited in your hand luggage? Until today, liquids in hand luggage are subject to great uncertainties. Since 2006, the EU Hand Luggage Directive applies to the carry-on of liquids in hand luggage. This means that liquids, creams, gels etc. may only be carried in small quantities. This EU directive is now also being followed outside the EU by most countries worldwide. In principle, the following apply

Provisions for liquids in hand luggage:

  • Liquids, creams, gels, etc. must be individually packaged in small containers of a maximum of 100 ml each
  • all liquids together should not exceed 1 liter (ie a maximum of 10 small vials of 100 ml)
  • Liquids must be packed in a bag which can be easily closed
  • per person only one bag of 1 liter may be carried
  • The transparent liquid bag must be presented on the safety check and placed on the conveyor belt

Liquids are: creams, gels, deodorants, shower gel, shampoo, toothpaste, perfume, mascara, make-up, hair foam, hair spray etc.


  • Medicines needed for the flight
  • Baby food for children under 3 years
  • Liquids purchased at the duty-free shop, which are sealed extra *

* Duty-free liquids must be sealed with proof of purchase in a security bag with a red border and must not be opened before reaching the destination airport.

Those who travel more frequently with hand luggage have a bit of routine when packing. I always use a very simple freezer bag, which can be closed by zip-lock. Unfortunately, it is not so environmentally friendly. There are also extra for this purpose cosmetics bag sets with small plastic bottles and jars to fill yourself.

The liquids have to be taken out of the bag at the security check and put on the tape, because they are screened separately. Experience has shown that the fluids are already being examined, and many a security supervisor looks at the bag closely. But I'm always felt through from top to bottom. I think the security people at the airport always make fun of me from top to bottom. It annoys me, but that's the way it is.

Prohibited items in carry-on baggage

Everything you can do to harm someone else is usually not allowed in your hand luggage on board. I do not list every caustic acid and weapon here, common sense should suffice. If necessary, it is always helpful to have a look at the homepage of the respective airline, because here too the rules differ from airline to airline and sometimes also from destination to destination. So always check again. Watch out for pointed and sharp objects that could theoretically hurt another person. These items are taboo at the security check at the airport. They are taken off you very quickly and not infrequently I have experienced that the good old Swiss army knife lands in the garbage. Meanwhile, it may well, if the blade is under 6 inches tall. With nail scissors and nail file that is pretty stupid, because that's just what you could use on vacation. Disposable razors are ok (I always hide them under my clothes). But you can usually buy everything in the supermarkets on site. E-cigarettes and a lighter in your pocket is also allowed.

Not allowed:

  • Weapons, explosive material, corrosive acids etc, pepper spray
  • Hiking poles, golf clubs, basketball racquets, skateboards, etc.
  • Nail scissors and nail files
  • several lighters
  • Lithiumbaterien

Electronic equipment in hand luggage

In principle, I always pack electronic devices such as camera, mobile phone, batteries and charging cable into hand luggage. Sometimes it can come to problems. In China, for example, it is a problem to have batteries and power banks in your luggage. USA can also be difficult. Since I always carry a lot of technical equipment, I have been pulled out here several times and examined separately. This happened, for example, during a flight to the US, when I ran to the gate (was already through the security check through) and suddenly I was approached by someone behind me and was allowed in a little room, where I felt like a criminal and every technical Device and lens had to explain. Camera tripods can also be problematic (could be considered a weapon). Ultimately, it always depends on the discretion and confidence in common sense. But cameras, drones and chargers (power banks) are usually allowed.

Traveling with hand luggage: Pack your clothes and shoes to save space

To stow as much space as possible in such a small space, you have to pack well.

My tip: use the packing cubes, which I think is great, you always have order in your luggage, packs quickly and everything stays together. If you want to avoid crumpling your blouses, roll it all together and you will not have wrinkles later!

Hand luggage packing list:

  • Hand luggage case (trolley, travel bag or backpack)
  • Packing cube *
  • if necessary wash bag or cosmetic bag *
  • 2 to 4 pants
  • 2 to 4 skirts or dresses
  • 3 to 4 T-shirts,
  • 1 blouse or shirt
  • 1 jacket
  • 1 to 2 pairs of shoes
  • Underwear and sleeping clothes
  • 3 to 4 pairs of socks
  • possibly bikini or swimming trunks / swimsuit

Hand luggage packing list: Liquids

Hand luggage packing list: Technology

Hand luggage packing list: Documents

  • Travel documents: boarding card, booking confirmations, etc .: travel document bag *
  • Passport / ID card (and copies thereof)
  • Driver's license (if necessary)
  • if necessary vaccination certificate
  • Travel credit card

Other useful travel tips for you:

What experiences have you had with hand luggage travel? do you miss anything on the luggage list? Do you often travel with hand luggage or do you leave your luggage at the counter if possible? Would I really care how you do it, write it in the comments!

I usually only travel on hand luggage on rail travel and usually give up everything when traveling by air, as it is simply more comfortable. But there are always exceptions, for example, if you can save considerably.

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