What size suitcase do I need?

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I’m going on vacation and I’ve got… a suitcase! Maybe a suitcase is the most important thing when you go on vacation. After all, without a suitcase, it becomes very difficult to transport all your things to their destination. But what size suitcase is the best to buy? Which format to choose Suitcase fits your journey at least as hard as what you take with you on vacation. And that’s why we’re happy to help you with this handy guide so you can choose the right size suitcase!

Which size suitcase should I choose?

You can imagine that you need less stuff for a short city trip than you would for a 3 week vacation in the sun. Which size suitcase you choose mainly depends on how long and where you are going on vacation.

Hand luggage

The hanging suitcase is the smallest suitcase. It is perfect for short trips up to one week. Since carry-on bags are usually carried on board planes, luggage of this size can also be used for additional storage space during your trip

  • Up to 10 kg
  • Between 25 and 45 liters
  • Maximum height is 56 cm
  • Perfect for city trips or short business trips
  • Come (free) on board
  • The exact size of hand luggage can vary for each airline

Small/medium suitcase

Small to medium sized suitcases are only one size larger than a carry-on suitcase and are perfect for 1 to 2 week vacations. Please note that this suitcase is brought with you and you will need to book it with most airlines.

  • 10 to 15 kg
  • Between 45 and 70 liters
  • Height is about 60 cm
  • Perfect for a 1 to 2 week vacation
  • Enter the hatch
  • Often paid to book with flights

Medium suitcase

Are you going on vacation for 2 to 3 weeks? Then the medium size is suitable for you to carry as luggage. We also recommend a medium sized suitcase for winter sports.

  • 15 to 20 kg
  • Between 70 and 95 liters
  • He is about 75 cm tall
  • Great for 2 to 3 week vacations or winter sports
  • Enter the hatch
  • Often paid to book with flights

Big suitcase

For long vacations, long trips or if you just want to take everything with you or on vacation, we recommend a large suitcase. When buying a large suitcase, pay attention to the maximum size that the airline adheres to.

  • More than 20 kg
  • 95 liters or more
  • He is about 81 cm tall
  • Perfect for holidays of 3 weeks or more
  • Enter the hatch
  • Often paid to book with flights

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The right size suitcase

flight company Luggage handbag dimensions in cm Maximum weight Additional information
Coredon 55 x 40 x 25 + one accessory 40 x 30 x 15 8kg One cabin bag and one accessory such as a handbag, diaper bag or laptop bag is allowed per person
easyjet 45x36x20 15kg Carry-on bags must be placed under the seat. Luggage size 56 x 45 x 25 is allowed for seats with extra legroom
KLM 55 x 35 x 25 + one accessory measuring 40 x 30 x15 12 kg including accessories With a business class ticket, 2 handbags + 1 accessory are allowed with a maximum weight of 18 kg
Ryanair 40x20x25 There is no maximum weight Carry-on bags must be placed under the seat. With priority ticket & 2 handbags for €8, an additional 55 x 40 x 20 hand luggage item with a maximum of 10 kg is allowed
Transavia 55 x 35 x 25 + one accessory measuring 40 x 30 x20 10 kg including accessories Carry-on luggage can be checked in on busy flights. Accessories are always allowed on board
flying tui 55 x 40 x 20 + one accessory measuring 30 x 30 x15 10 kg including accessories Carry-on luggage can be checked in on busy flights. Accessories are always allowed on board

Top 5 luggage brands

Are you going on vacation soon and need a new suitcase? Then you definitely can’t miss these top 5 brands. And you also shop everything on sale?!


SuitSuit luggage is not only strong, sturdy and impact-resistant, its design also makes you very happy. Suitcases are available in a variety of comfortable colors, from bright pastels to classic black and gray suitcase hues. What’s more, SuitSuit has Dutch roots, so you can show off on holidays!

Samsonite suitcase

Samsonite has been an expert in luggage for years. Thanks to their lightweight and durable design, impact-resistant exterior and convenient storage tools, Samsonite luggage is still a favorite with many travelers.

Travelite suitcase

At Travelite, they know what travelers need: a functional suitcase at an affordable price. After all, traveling is quite expensive! Travelite luggage has been carefully tested and therefore of very high quality!

American tourist suitcase

High quality, reliable, young, cool and functional, these are just some of the outstanding features of the American Tourister suitcase. Brands can no longer be ignored on the luggage carousel and for good reason!

the Delsey case

Do you like to travel fashion-consciously? Then Delsey’s suitcase must not be lost. The casing is made of good quality, has a unique and strong design and competitive prices.

How much a suitcase weighs depends on size, material and brand. When buying a suitcase, always consider the weight of the suitcase, the heavier the suitcase, the less weight you have left to carry your things.

Light luggage is usually soft luggage, but hard luggage is sometimes light too.

How many pounds of luggage you need depends on how long you’ll be traveling and what you want to take with you. Prefer to order too many kilos for too few, because at the airport the cost of being overweight is often very high.

Hand luggage generally has a capacity of 25 to 45 liters. Keep in mind that many airlines have not only set requirements for the number of liters/weight of luggage, but also the dimensions.

Each airline varies how much you will have to pay if your suitcase is too heavy. Therefore, prepare well for your trip and it is better to order too much than too few kilos.

Carry-on bag sizes are often different for each travel organization. In most cases, a carry-on bag may be up to 56 cm high, 40 cm wide and 25 cm deep. Before you travel, carefully check the size of the carry-on bag your travel organization uses.

In a suitcase that fits 25 kg, fit 95 liters or more. A 25 kg suitcase is suitable for long vacations of 3 weeks or more.

Luggage with size m is usually equivalent to a small/medium suitcase. A suitcase of m size is usually about 60 cm high, has a volume of between 45 and 70 liters and a carrying capacity of 10 to 15 kg. It should be noted: not all luggage brands have the same properties for M size luggage.

Suitcases of size L are in most cases equivalent to medium-sized suitcases. Suitcase sizes are usually around 81 cm, have a capacity of 95 liters or more and a carrying capacity of more than 20 kg. Please note: not all luggage brands have the same properties for L size luggage.

In a 20 kg suitcase fit between 70 to 95 liters. A 20 kg suitcase is suitable for 2 to 3 weeks of vacation or winter sports.

In a 10 kg suitcase fit between 25 to 45 liters. 10 kg luggage is suitable for short trips such as city trips or short business trips.

In a suitcase that holds 100 liters, fit 20 kg or more. A 100 liter suitcase is perfect for long vacations of 3 weeks or more.

Yes, in most cases a medium sized suitcase is enough for 2 weeks. Are you going to a winter destination for 2 weeks or do you just want to take everything in your suitcase? Then it is useful to consider large suitcases. This way you don’t have to order extra suitcases for the return journey.