Carry On Luggage Size

In Canada, depending on where you are travelling and airline, you are permitted to carry one or two carry on baggage items at a maximum of twenty-two pounds per carry on baggage item as well as a personal item. Your carry on baggage allowance can include a briefcase, any kind of bag or suitcase, boxes or parcels, smaller duffle bags, camera cases containing equipment, kennel or Sherpa bag, or laptop computer. All carry on baggage items must be within the size and weight restrictions of the airline. Along with your carry on baggage, you may also bring one or more personal items. This includes a coat, an umbrella, medical supplies, purses that meet the size requirements, approved child-restraint devices, and receptacles that contain human remains.

Carry on items must fit in the sizing device at check-in and be able to be stored under the seat or in the overhead compartment of the airplane.  You must also make sure your carry on item or items are acceptable in the country to which you are travelling as acceptable items vary from country to country. It is recommended that you confirm what you are able to bring prior to your flight as most airlines are not responsible for items not permitted through security, at your point of departure or upon arrival at your destination.

Important items such as identification, jewelry, keys, prescribed medication and mobile devices is recommended that you pack in your carry on baggage in a rare event where your luggage is delayed, damaged or stolen.

Items such as reading material and personal electronics should be stored in the passenger’s carry on bag, and packed prior to the security check. In general, having fewer carry on items speeds the screening process for everyone.

As all carry on baggage must pass through security, make sure your carry on complies by the instructions of your airline. Remember, this can include things you might not consider, like shampoo, perfume, toothpaste and moisturizers.

In Canada, containers of liquids, aerosols or gels in your carry on baggage must be 100 ml/100 grams (3.4 oz) or less. All containers must fit in 1 clear, closed, re-sealable plastic bag no more than 1 litre (1 quart) in capacity. The approximate dimensions of a one liter/quart bag are 15.24 cm by 22.86 cm (6 in. by 9 in.) or 20 cm by 17.5 cm (8 in. by 7 in.). At the screening point, take your plastic bag out of your carry-on and place it in one of the provided trays. One bag is allowed per passenger. Any containers over 100 ml should be placed in checked baggage. This includes food.

Certain items are allowed in your carry on baggage without the need of a 1 litre plastic bag. For instance if traveling with an infant under two years of age (0-24 months), baby food, milk, formula, water and juice in small containers and reasonable amounts for your itinerary. Gel or ice packs are subject to the liquid restrictions. It is recommended that passengers freeze a bottle of milk or formula or carry a small bag of frozen solid vegetables (peas, for instance) to keep their baby products cool.

Passengers flying with or without their child will be permitted to bring breast milk in quantities greater than 100 ml provided it is presented to the Screening Officer for inspection prior to screening. Gel or ice packs are also permitted.

Be sure to double check the sizes of any baggage you intend to bring as carry on, being prepared ensures your traveling experience be a success!