One in three British travellers don't check baggage allowances

baggage at airport
baggage at airport

A recent poll by has revealed that almost one in three of us runs the risk of paying a fine or having to repack at the check-in desk.

Twenty-eight per cent of customers told the UK’s market-leading holiday add-ons company that they have little or no idea of their hand luggage allowance before flying.

Added to this, more than one in 10 Brits are out of touch when it comes to what is and isn’t allowed in their carry-on bag, with 12% claiming that they aren’t sure of the current restrictions.

Anthony Clarke Cowell, head of product innovation and merchandising at, said: “Nobody wants to be the one holding up the queue with their belongings spread across check-in so it’s well worth checking with your airline before you pack. And with many airlines charging for checking in hold baggage now, taking a well-packed carry-on bag is becoming more and more important.”

To ensure that you make the most of your hand luggage before jetting off on your summer holiday, has put together these top tips:

– Check allowances on your airline’s website in good time – including number of carry-on bags allowed, size of bags and weight limit

– Buy a soft, lightweight bag within the correct dimensions

– Only take what you really need – buy some items at your destination

– Buy travel-sized items where available

– Pack liquids in hold baggage whenever possible; containers in hand luggage must hold no more than 100ml and must be carried in a single, transparent, re-sealable plastic bag, which holds no more than one litre and measures approximately 20cm x 20cm

– Download electronic versions of guidebooks and novels onto one device if possible

– Roll any clothing rather than folding


Notes to editors: polled 3,017 customers during May 2011.

72% of customers check the size and weight of their carry-on baggage.

88% of customers claim to be aware of the restrictions on hand luggage.