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Luggage types and sizes

Suitcases mainly come in two types: soft-sided and hard-sided. But there are other options to consider too. Explore large or expandable suitcases for family travels and when you need that extra space, or smaller bags and holdalls for shorter, lighter trips.

Soft-sided cases.

Soft-sided cases

Lightweight, strong and versatile, soft sided cases offer the most packing convenience and they are also easier to fit into tight spaces.

Hard-sided cases.

Hard-sided cases

Durable, sturdy and surprisingly light, hard sided luggage is best for protecting your belongings when you travel.

 Featherstone 8 wheel soft cabin-size suitcase in grey.

Expandable suitcases

Highly versatile, expandable cases are great for giving you that extra bit of packing space when you need it. They also compact down your belongings so that they don't move around in transit.

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Holdalls & backpacks

Versatility is key when you're travelling. Smaller bags like holdalls and backpacks are ideal for festivals, short trips and  weekend breaks. Keep everything you need close and easy to access.

Trunki Terrance 4 Wheel Hard Ride On Suitcase.

Kids’ luggage

Travelling with children can be stressful, but you can take away some of the hassle by choosing luggage that they'll love.

Designed specifically for younger travellers, kids' luggage comes with built in fun so they can ride, scoot and play

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Suitcase features & luggage security

Make your packing and travelling experience even easier and worry-free. From deciding if you want to push or pull your case, to tracking and weighing it. Here are some key features and luggage accessories to help you.

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Features to look for in your suitcase...

  • Wheels: The more wheels a suitcase has, the more stable it is and the easier it is to move around.  With 2 wheels you have to tilt and pull; with 4 or 8 wheels you can push and pull. 360° wheels give you added spin.
  • Retractable handles: Most suitcases have a retractable handle, which means you can slot it away once you've finished pushing or pulling.
  • Suitcase straps:  Straps inside keep your belongings secure and in place for the duration of your journey.
  • Pockets and compartments: Great for keeping different items separated and easy to find, and important documents safe.
A set of Luggage Bluetooth trackers.

Luggage Bluetooth trackers

Lost baggage? Not anymore. Track and find your luggage through your phone with these Bluetooth luggage trackers.

Master Lock TSA 3 Digit Combi travel padlocks in red.

Luggage security and accessories

Enjoy a relaxed vacation knowing your luggage is secured. These luggage accessories are must-haves for a safe and seamless journey.

Featherstone Luggage digital scale in black.

Luggage scales

Weighing your luggage has never been easier. With digital luggage scales, you can stay on top of luggage allowance limits and escape any last-minute hassles.

Suitcase security

A TSA (Travel Sentry Approved) lock keeps your luggage secure, but also lets security staff inspect your case, if required, without damage.

Expandable suitcases

Expandable luggage gives you more space when you need it. Perfect if you're coming home with more than you left with.

Cabin and hold luggage

Travel light with a small suitcase and carry it with you into the cabin, or choose a larger case for storing in the hold.

Hand luggage.

Hand luggage

Hand luggage, or cabin luggage, can be taken on the flight if it meets your airline's guidelines. It stays with you in the cabin, so no waiting at the baggage carousel. Perfect for short trips, but check restrictions before packing. Need more info? Visit our hand luggage size guide for airline allowances.

Hold luggage.

Hold luggage

Hold luggage refers to larger suitcases that must be checked in. Your luggage travels in the aircraft's hold and is collected from the baggage carousel upon arrival. This reduces your load at the airport, allowing you to relax before your flight. It's ideal for longer trips or when you need more belongings. Note that some airlines charge extra for hold baggage, so check in advance.

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What is a good size for kids' luggage?

If you're unsure about what hand luggage you can take for children on your flight, take a look at the allowances for some of the top UK airlines below.

British Airways.

British Airways

  • Infants under 2 - if they're on a lap, adults can carry 1 extra piece of hand luggage. If in their own seat, they have the same hand luggage allowance as adults.
  • Children aged 2-11 - in their own seat they have the same hand luggage allowance as adults.
  • A standard 18 litre Trunki measuring 46 x 21 x 31cm will fit in the airline's hand luggage restrictions.
Virgin Atlantic.

Virgin Atlantic

  • Infants under 2 - adults are permitted to carry 1 extra piece of hand luggage up to 6kg.
  • Children aged 2-11 - in their own seat they have the same hand luggage allowance as adults.
  • A standard 18 litre Trunki measuring 46 x 21 x 31cm will fit in the airline's hand luggage restrictions.
easyJet.

easyJet

  • Infants under 2 - if they're on a lap, infants are permitted a changing bag only. If in their own seat, they have the same hand luggage allowance as adults plus a changing bag.
  • Children aged 2-11 - in their own seat they have the same hand luggage allowance as adults.
  • A standard 18 litre Trunki measuring 46 x 21 x 31cm will fit in the airline's hand luggage restrictions.
TUI.

TUI

  • Infants under 2 - 10kg hold luggage only.
  • Children aged 2-11 - in their own seat they have the same hand luggage allowance as adults.
  • A standard 18 litre Trunki measuring 46 x 21 x 31cm will not fit in the airline's hand luggage restrictions.
Jet2.

Jet2

  • Infants under 2 - no baggage allowance.
  • Children aged 2-11 - in their own seat they have the same hand luggage allowance as adults.
  • A standard 18 litre Trunki measuring 46 x 21 x 31cm will fit in the airline's hand luggage restrictions.
Ryanair.

Ryanair

  • Infants under 2 - adults are permitted to carry 1 extra piece of hand luggage up to 5kg.
  • Children aged 2-11 - in their own seat they have the same hand luggage allowance as adults.
  • A standard 18 litre Trunki measuring 46 x 21 x 31cm will not fit in the airline's hand luggage restrictions.

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