Fancy traveling? Sure, we all do. Do you have a carry on backpack? Definitely, that is a must have. Of course, we all want to have that part of our luggage that is not charged on a flight.
Stop! Did you know that you can’t just hop on a plane with just any carry on luggage?
Perhaps not. Well, airlines have really transformed over the years. For instance, nowadays you’re not allowed to smoke inside. Some years back, airlines allowed to check bags for free and factors such as weight were not so much of an issue. Nowadays, however, things have changed.
Note: Some carry on backpacks have an ‘FAA-approved luggage’ tag which might be false. While some are according to standards, others are not making it necessary to consider the factors in this post.
In this post, I will share with you some of the requirements to ponder about when selecting a carry on backpack.
Weight is of paramount importance when flying since airplanes need to be as light as possible. During check-ins in most airports, your luggage will always be weight, and if you have exceeded the required capacity, you will pay an extra fee or be told to weigh down.
You, therefore, need to as light as is required. However, when it comes to the weight of a carry on backpack, airlines vary. In the US, for instance, most airlines have a limit of 40 pounds. Outside the US, airlines might require you to carry less. Thus, always make sure that you check on a specific airline’s website or call them to find out about their limit.
Besides carrying light, always make sure that your carry on backpack is made of lightweight materials. Fiberglass, high-density polyester and ballistic nylon are some of the materials that make lightweight luggage bags. Therefore, always be sure to check the materials. Also, it is important to consider the overall weight of the backpack. For a carry on backpack to be considered light, it must weight between 3 and 10 pounds.
Size and weight go hand-in-hand, though not always.
Different aircraft have different sizes of overhead compartment bins. It is important to have a carry on backpack that can fit in almost all of them. However, if you are sure of the specific plane model you will be using, you can check with the airline about the size required.
Other General Carry on Backpack Factors to Consider
Weight and size are generally dictated by the airlines. The below points are your own to consider and don’t matter to the operators.
Hard Shell or Soft Shell
Generally, hard shell materials in a carry on backpack make it lightweight. Indeed, hard shells are more resistant to wear and tear since they are composed of composite materials that are very hard to crack. Thus, while selecting a carry on, a hard shell is definitely a good pick.
This has more to do with the straps and the pulling handle for wheeled carry on backpacks. Indeed, extra padded straps provide much comfort and don’t place so much weight on your shoulders. Especially, this is important since you will not feel the effects of weight while moving through all the gates and check-in points at the airport.
In addition, wheeled carry on backpacks should comes with ergonomically designed handles that can rotate to provide comfort while walking the long distances to your plane.
It is a general rule of the thumb to have a carry on bag that will not break apart just when get to the airport. Lets face it, it will be very embarrassing.
Some of the key things to look out for are the material and overall build. A good carry on backpack should, for instance have a good zipper that holds well without breaking. Also, its seams must be strong enough and must hold even when carrying heavy gear. In addition it good to look out for other things such as how the wheels, handles and other plastic elements hold on to the backpack. The wheels should be firm and the other attached materials should also be sturdy, guaranteeing you that you carry on will get to its destination in one piece.