Traveling with carry-on luggage made easy
Air Travel 101
Make the Most of Your Personal Items
A small suitcase that fits within the carry-on dimensions needs to be able to hold both clothing and footwear. To help maximize space, compress or roll your clothes tightly and tuck smaller items into your shoes. Travellers are also permitted an additional hand item such as a purse, small knapsack, briefcase or computer bag. These items are also subject to size restrictions, so be sure to check the details for hand luggage of your chosen airline. Beware that you may be asked to skycheck carry-on luggage if your flight is very full or your luggage exceeds size limits. So, it’s best to carry any valuables you may be travelling with in your hand luggage for safekeeping.
In addition to packing wisely by taking only what you truly need, be aware that carry-on liquids are the downfall of many well-intended travellers. Nothing is more discouraging than having brand new bottles of cologne or luxury shampoo and conditioner be confiscated at security because they are over the allowance. Double-check with the airline as most only allow 100ml or less for liquids. If you are bringing liquids, help make the process go more quickly and smoothly by putting no more than a few items in a clear plastic bag and having them readily accessible for inspection.
Secure your possessions
Baggage losses or delays are far less likely with carry-on luggage. Just remember where your pieces are stowed in case they aren’t directly overhead or stored as underseat luggage. It’s always a good idea to put an identifying ribbon or belt on your carry-on luggage. Small black suitcases look alike and it’s easy to mistake yours for someone else’s after a long red-eye flight. Travel insurance is a great safeguard for this type of situation that can help travellers get sorted if their luggage is lost or misplaced. Just keep in mind that there are coverage limitations around valuables that are put into checked luggage, so it’s best to keep those items close at hand.
Carry-on luggage is an excellent way to travel if you can make it work. Just be sure to follow the Canadian government and airline instructions closely and you’ll be flying high in no time.