Which Of Your Luggage Becomes Airline Baggage

Our Luggage For A Week To Six MonthsLuggage Becomes Airline baggage

Which of our luggage becomes airline baggage is usually the big, hard sided ones. A typical trip by air beyond three ((3) days duration will usually have us carrying big luggage. Our luggage is big to accommodate all our clothing from a few pairs of pants, shirts, t-shirt, shorts, shoes up till our underwear, toiletries, and other essentials. This, however, excludes our laptop, its accessories, smartphone chargers and its accessories. All important documents which usually becomes our carry-on luggage. In this article, our focus is the big luggage.

Our Luggage Becomes Airline Baggage

We fill up our luggage based on our length of travels and our itinerary. If we have three (3) days of business meetings and a few days for touring, our luggage would be for a week. However, if we were going our studies, our luggage would be for a six months semester. However, it does not really mean one set of pants, shirts, and shoes for the hundred and eighty days. In this case, consider the ability to wash and re-use your clothes. As such, our luggage for a week and six months may not differ much. Whatever, in both cases, we do need at least, one big luggage. At times,  it may become two pieces, especially in winter. Winter clothes like jackets, shawls, stockings, and boots which are thick and bulky, takes up more space.

Leaving Our Luggage to Baggage Handlers

Now, since we have anticipated one or two big luggage, we are ready to leave our luggage checked-in as checked baggage, separate from our carry-on. This is where our luggage becomes airline baggage. Our luggage will leave our hands, driven on conveyor belts, and picked up by baggage handlers. The baggage handlers will “throw” our luggage onto baggage trucks they will “arrange” it within the stipulated baggage area in the plane. In short, the moment we checked-in our luggage, it becomes the temporary airline’s baggage. For that particular span of time between check-in and check-out, our luggage moves a lot.

In some cases where we change airlines during transit, our luggage got extra movement due to the change of airlines. In this case, even the baggage handlers are different, from the previous airline. So, definitely, the way our luggage is handled is different. Our luggage becomes airline baggage and we should expect some minor scratches here and there.

Type And Size Of LuggageLuggage Becomes Airline Baggage

We now have to decide a durable main luggage. It has to be hard, a hard-sided luggage, at a minimum. The construction material or the outer shell must be strong and also, lightweight. A typical big luggage would be 20.6″ (L) X 11.4″(W)  X 29.9″(H). With this size, when it is filled up, the weight may be beyond 20 kg, the weight limit which airlines usually would not charge us. So, be ready to pay that charges. Charges differ according to airlines. This luggage, besides being big, must have strong handles and preferably, a rolling luggage. Also, the lock must be easily managed, not like some bags where there is additional locking strap beside the main lock. This is to ensure easy opening when required by customs officers during arrival. It should not be too heavy either because we may need to lift it and put it on top of the customs check table.

Packing our bags requires a lot of planning. In our planning, besides the length of stay and mode of transport, we must “be with our luggage” through its journey from the moment we check-in to the moment we pick it up at the baggage claim area. Our luggage will become our luggage again, no more the airline’s baggage.    `

Happy packing happy travels!


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