With baggage fees at an all-time high and lost luggage scenarios looming in various airports around the world, the time has never been better to embrace traveling with a trusty carry-on.
While many travel rules vary depending on what corner of the world you’re heading to or coming from, size and weight restrictions for carry-on luggage have remained a consistent metric for most airlines. However, there are a few significant differences based on whether you’re flying domestic or international.
So, whether you’re heading to a nearby town or flying across the globe, we’re here to share all you need to know in the domestic vs. international carry-on showdown. We’ll provide easy charts to compare the two, plus share Rollink domestic and international carry-ons you’ll love!
What Is A Domestic Carry-On Bag?
A domestic carry-on bag is any piece of luggage that can be stowed in the overhead bin of a domestic flight.
The standard domestic carry-on luggage size is 22″ x 14″ x 9″ (or smaller) for most domestic airlines in the United States.
From quick escapes to weekend getaways, a domestic carry-on bag is your ideal companion to avoid long waits at baggage claim when traveling within your country’s boundaries.
What Is An International Carry-On Bag?
An international carry-on bag is any piece of luggage that is small enough to fit in the overhead bin of an international flight.
The standard international carry-on luggage size is 21” or below for most international airlines outside of the United States.
Whether you’re traveling to Italy’s cosmopolitan cities steeped in glitz and glamour or the wild mountainous landscapes of the United Kingdom, an international carry-on bag can help you get your travel essentials from point A to point B.
What’s The Difference Between Domestic & International Carry-On Luggage?
So an international carry-on bag typically has to be a tad smaller than a domestic carry-on — but to avoid travel hiccups, it’s best to check the size and weight limits for the specific carrier you’re traveling with.
We created some handy comparison charts to ensure that packing for your next flight is a breeze!
1. International Carry-on Size vs. Domestic
So what’s the difference between a domestic and international carry-on regarding size?
Here’s a quick chart in regards to size featuring major airlines in the United States:
|U.S. Domestic Airlines||Inches|
|Allegiant Air||22” x 14” x 9”|
|American Airlines||22” x 14” x 9”|
|Alaska Airlines||22” x 14” x 9”|
|Delta Airlines||22” x 14” x 9”|
|Frontier Airlines||24” x 16” x 10”|
|Hawaiian Airlines||22” x 14” x 9”|
|JetBlue Airlines||22” x 14” x 9”|
|United Airlines||22” x 14.2” x 9”|
|Southwest Airlines||24” x 16” x 10”|
|Spirit Airlines||22” x 18” x 10”|
Here’s a quick chart in regards to size featuring international airlines, including the most popular international destinations for U.S. travelers in 2019:
|International Airlines||Inches or Centimeters|
|Air Canada||21.5” x 15.5” x 9”|
|Air France||21.6” x 13.7” x 9.8”|
|Aeromexico||21.5” x 15.7” x 10”|
|Air New Zealand||17.7” x 22” x 10”|
|All Nippon Airways (ANA)||22” x 16” x 10”|
|British Airways||22” x 18” x 10”|
|easyJet||45 x 36 x 20 cm|
|Iberia Airlines||56 x 40 x 25 cm|
|ITA Airways||21.6” x 13.3” x 9.8”|
|Japan Airlines||22” x 16” x 10”|
|KLM||21.5” x 10” x 13.5”|
|Korean Air||21.4” x 15.5” x 7.5”|
|Philippine Airlines||22” x 14” x 9”|
|Ryanair||40 x 25 x 20 cm|
|Singapore Airlines||45” max linear dimensions|
|Thai Airways||22” x 18” x 10”|
|WestJet||21” x 9” x 15”|
The size limit on both domestic and international flights ensures that your carry-on bag — and every other passenger’s bag — can be stored safely in the overhead bin for your flight.
Rollink tip: When in doubt, find some measuring tape to double check your bag before your flight!!
2. Domestic vs. International Carry-on: Weight
Most major airlines in the U.S. don’t have weight restrictions for carry-on bags. As long as they fit securely in the overhead bin, you’re good to go.
But here’s the maximum weight limit for a few American carries that list weight requirements:
|U.S. Domestic Airlines||Weight In lbs|
|Frontier Airlines||35 lbs|
|Hawaiian Airlines||25 lbs|
Here’s the maximum weight limit for carry-on bags on major international airlines:
|International Airlines||Weight In lbs/kg|
|Air Canada||No limit, as long as you can lift it in the overhead bin|
|Air France||26.4 lbs|
|Aeromexico||22 lbs for Basic Fare and 33 lbs for Classic, AM Plus and Class Premier passengers|
|Air New Zealand||15 lbs for Economy and 22 lbs for Premium Economy and Business Premier passengers|
|All Nippon Airways (ANA)||22 lbs|
|British Airways||51 lbs|
|Iberia Airlines||10 kg for Economy and Premium and 14kg for Business Class passengers|
|ITA Airways||8 kg|
|Japan Airlines||22 lbs|
|Korean Air||22 lbs for Economy and 40 lbs for First/Prestige Class passengers|
|Philippine Airlines||15 lbs|
|Singapore Airlines||7 kg|
|Thai Airways||15 lbs|
|WestJet||No limit, as long as you can lift it in the overhead bin|
You might be wondering, “Why does weight limit matter in an airplane?”
Well, proper weight distribution plays a key role in an airplane’s overall performance. It affects the plane’s speed, fuel consumption, controllability and structural integrity.
So, think twice before cheating on your baggage weight! You might need to leave a heavy pair of boots at home, but the good news is you can pack an extra chunky sweater instead — check out our blog on how to pack a suitcase to maximize space and we’ll explain how!
Rollink tip: No clear carry-on weight limit on the airline’s website? Just make sure that you can lift your carry-on bag over your head with ease!
3. Domestic vs. International Carry-on: Restrictions
When it comes to packing your carry-on, restrictions are the same across the board, regardless of whether you’re flying domestically or internationally.
From alcoholic beverages to sharp objects, it’s essential to know what you can and can’t pack in your carry-on bag to avoid run-in’s with Transportation Security Administration (TSA).
When packing your carry-on bag, leave these items out:
- Alcoholic beverages over 140 proof
- Liquids, pastes or gels in containers over 100ml
- Self-defense tools such as brass knuckles or pepper spray
- Sharp objects such as razor blades or pocket knives
Rollink tip: Follow the 3-1-1 liquids rule and pack shampoo and other liquids in travel-sized containers. Need to keep your toiletries organized during your trip? Look no further than our water-proof Rollink Hanging Toiletry Bag!
Need to brush up on TSA’s 3-1-1 liquids rule? Check out the video below!
Interested in more baggage comparisons? Check out our guides on:
Rollink International & Domestic Carry-On Bags You’ll Love
From weekend outdoor adventures in Colorado to laid-back, sunny getaways in Thailand, Rollink’s flexible carry-on suitcases are lightweight and resilient for both international and domestic travel alike.
Why Rollink? Our durable line of luggage is up to the task of storing everything you need for your trip while surviving the wear and tear of every type of journey!
1. Rollink Flex 360° Spinner
Meet the Flex 360° Spinner, the latest addition to our lineup of domestic and international carry-on bags.
Glide through airports, sandy white beaches, cobbled streets and any other surface with ease, thanks to 360° double spinner wheels.
The 360° Spinner comes in a wide range of colors, from Atlantic Blue to Rose Smoke. Choose from domestic or international carry-on bags, or medium or large checked.
Flex 360° Spinner features include:
- 360° double spinner wheels for easy gliding
- Sturdy, durable polycarbonate hard shells
- Built-in TSA-approved lock
- Interior zipper pockets
- Aluminum adjustable telescopic handle
- Collapsible design for hassle-free storage
- 10 lbs & 110 L packing volume
2. Rollink Flex Vega
Made of an ultra-durable polycarbonate hard shell, the Flex Vega can handle the wear and tear of any adventure.
Available in both domestic and international carry-on sizes, the Flex Vega fits carry-on requirements for most major airlines.
Choose from eight colors and find the one that perfectly matches your travel style!
Flex Vega features include:
- Water, scratch and impact-resistant polycarbonate hard shell
- Silent, coated wheels for smooth gliding
- Fits carry-on requirements for most major airlines
- Quick-access side pocket for travel essentials
- Height-adjustable telescopic handle
- Hassle-free storage at home and on the go
3. Rollink Flex Aura
Say hello to the Flex Aura, our take on soft shell luggage! Made of water-resistant polyester, the Flex Aura provides ample storage space to help you fit all of your travel essentials. — enough for 3-5 days’ worth of clothes!
Available in two sizes, you can take the Flex Aura on both domestic and international trips. Choose a neutral color to blend in or stand out with one of our more vibrant color options, from Dusty Blue to Purple Ocean and beyond.
Flex Aura features include:
- Durable, water- and impact-resistant fabric on each side
- Premium and luxurious design
- Front and inner pocket for extra storage
- Secure closure with a magnetic strap
- Folds flat to about 2’’ thick
- Silent, coated wheels for easy gliding
Key Takeaways In The Domestic vs. International Carry-On Showdown
Both a domestic and international carry-on bag allow you to pack light and keep your essentials safe amidst dreadful lost luggage scenarios.
The only stark differences between these two carry-ons? Restrictions regarding size and weight.
Our line of flexible luggage at Rollink includes both domestic and international carry-ons, available in a variety of sizes, materials and styles.
From innovative bags with 360° double spinner wheels to expandable polyester carry-ons, you can count on Rollink luggage to last for adventures to come!