Items to take in your cabin baggage on the plane


Smaller than checked baggage, cabin baggage can be a guarantee of not losing your belongings when traveling by plane, especially when an airport is disorganized. There are, however, a number of rules and restrictions to be able to keep its effects with you. The dimensions of cabin baggage may vary depending on the company and the seat: at Air France for example, they must not exceed 55cm in height, 35cm in width and 25cm in depth. In economy class, its weight can be up to 12kg and up to 18kg for “Premium Economy”, “Business” or first class. It is also possible to take an extra handbag or backpack. Cabin baggage may also represent an additional cost. To ensure that you are in good standing, it is advisable to inquire directly on the website of the company taking charge of the flight.

On long-haul flights, it is possible to combine business with pleasure by carrying essential items in your cabin baggage. Beware of liquids, which must not exceed 100mL and 2kg or risk being thrown away on boarding; moreover, they must be enclosed in an airtight and well-sealed bag. Sharp, blunt or sharp objects should be avoided and should be put in checked baggage instead. It’s also important to be aware of the destination’s weather and dress accordingly: even a hotspot can have chilly nights, and the air conditioning can hold a few surprises. Planet gives you a list of essential items to think about before you take off.