We are asked quite a lot about whether our suitcases fit Ryanair Cabin Baggage allowance. Ryanair are pretty strict with their guidelines – they even specify smaller sizes than the standard UK hand luggage guidelines drawn up by the Department for Transport:
Ryanair Cabin Baggage size:
Strictly one item of cabin baggage per passenger (excluding infants) weighing up to 10kg with maximum dimensions of 55cm x 40cm x 20cm is permitted. (handbag, briefcase, laptop, shop purchases, camera etc.) must be carried in your 1 permitted piece of cabin baggage.
*click KidsTravel2 Ryanair cabin baggage to see the full selection.
Trunkis on Ryanair? No Problem
We recently travelled to Barcelona on Ryanair and my daughter took her Trixie Trunki on as hand luggage. We even spoke to Trunki who confirmed that although the measurements are slightly over they have never heard of a Trunki being refused as hand luggage by Ryanair. Trunki can also personally vouch for this as the team flew to Ibiza last year with Ryanair and they all had Trunkis
If in doubt get a Ryanair approved size cabin bag
There’s something to be said for taking the worry out of travelling via Ryanair by choosing a bag that fits within their size guidelines and sticking with that. We’ve shown you suitcases for children and this Cabin Zero cabin bag is a perfect one size fits all cabin bag requirements for adults. Plus the fact its extremely lightweight meaning you can pack it to the max and get the most for your money. It really is worth buying a bag like this if you’re going to be travelling Ryanair frequently.
How do Ryanair check the hand baggage size?
You’ll have to slot your suitcase, holdall or bag into one of Ryanair’s measuring cages. If it fits you’re through and on. If it doesn’t, well… here’s what one group of young travellers did and am sure they are not the only ones to do this.
What happens if my bag is bigger?
Ryanair will refuse extra/oversized cabin baggage at the boarding gate. You can place it in the hold of the aircraft for a fee of £40/€40. If you are unsure, check at the Bag Drop desk before going through security.
Avoid this hassle by checking our top tips here:
1. Battle of the bulge.
Be aware that unless your suitcase is a rigid, hard case it is liable to bulge out of the specified dimensions so take care not to over fill it. There is some lea way with the box and cage check but you don’t want to push your luck too far!
2. Keep it light
Don’t forget about the weight allowance and be sure to make sure you don’t exceed it. You can always wear heavier or bulkier items that you want to take like jeans, jackets or boots.
If you’re travelling as a group and all want to take hand baggage then don’t double up on things you can share like toiletries and hair dryers. If space is a premium you can always buy cheap items when you arrive at your destination
4. Use your child’s allowance
Children under the age of 2 are classified as infants and do not qualify for a cabin baggage allowance. Older children do so make the most of this by giving them their own trolley suitcase, holdall or rucksack to carry on.
5. Use straps
If your luggage has straps, buckles and belts be sure to use them to hold things in place and keep your luggage within the guideline dimensions set by Ryanair – don’t overfill external pockets and pouches to push your baggage over the limits.
You can see our selection of Ryanair Cabin Baggage including suitcases, rucksacks on wheels and holdalls. For details of what you are allowed to carry in your hand baggage see our article on hand luggage guidelines
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