Tips for packing carry-on luggage for Easyjet and Ryanair flights in 2020


Low-cost airlines Ryanair and Easyjet are quite strict when it comes to their baggage policies, which cause inconveniences for many passengers trying to save money by skipping check-in luggage altogether.

Baggage tips

Ryanair and Easyjet have limited luggage allowance, so to make things easier, we’ve broken down how much passengers are allowed to take into the cabins of these airlines.

What are Ryanair’s carry-on luggage rules?

As of 1 November 2018, Ryanair’s baggage policy has changed. Only priority boarding passengers are allowed to take one small bag (40cm x 20cm x 25cm), and a larger cabin bag (55 x 40 x 20cm) with a maximum 10kg weight allowance into the cabin free of charge.

Non-priority passengers are only allowed to bring one small bag (40cm x 20cm x 25cm) that must fit into the sizer. If non-priority passengers want to bring an additional bigger bag, they have to buy a lower cost 10kg check-in bag at the time of booking the flight online. It must be checked-in at the airport luggage drop desk, before reaching airport security.

What are Wizzair’s carry-on luggage rules?

Wizzair’s new rules allow passengers one carry-on bag no larger than 40cm x 30cm x 20cm into the plane cabin. Hence, Wizzair allows a broader but shallower bag when compared to Ryanair. If your carry-on baggage exceeds the size, you lose “Wizz Priority”, and will be charged a €10 oversize fee at the gate.

If you pay for “Wizz Priority”, which costs €5-30 if bought online or €20 if purchased at the airport, you can take two pieces of luggage into the cabin. One can measure up to 40cm x 30cm x 20cm to go under the seat in front, and the other up to 55cm x 40cm x 23cm to be stored in the overhead compartment.

What is the best carry-on bag for flights with Ryanair and Easyjet?

How many items you will be able to bring on the plane depends on the bag you choose. The best choice would be a soft-sided bag rather than a hard-sided suitcase. Taking a hard, wheeled, suitcase as a carry-on is the word kind of luggage you can take as they usually weigh more and generally take up more space so you might find it difficult storing it in the overhead storage compartment. Soft bags, on the other hand, are more malleable they can more easily be squeezed in. So take a soft-sided bag with you into the cabin, but don’t forget to take weight and size restrictions outlined by the airlines.

How to put your carry-on bag into a Ryanair or Easyjet size cage so that it fits?

A neat trick you can do is to put your bag into the size cage upside down as the bottom side of the bag is often wider than the top. The same applies to suitcases as well as putting them upside down will create a funnel effect to make it look like it fits.

What if your belongings don’t fit into your carry-on bag?

If you have more items than can fit into your cabin bag, wear clothes with as many pockets as possible where you could carry small items. It’s also a good idea to wear clothes that take up the most room in your bag.