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How big should my suitcase be?

You've booked your vacation. Now you want to find a suitcase the right size, but that turns out to be a challenge. It mostly depends on the kind of trip you've got planned. Camping for a week, a few weeks of fun in the sun, or going walkabout in Australia? Maybe you're someone who just likes to bring a lot of stuff? In that case, you'll need more room for your luggage that a city trip suitcase can offer. In this article, I'll help you find the right size suitcase.

Small to medium-sized suitcases

Weekend trip carry-on luggage

Weekend trip: carry-on luggage suitcases

A small suitcase with a height under 56cm is suitable to carry onto a plane as carry-on luggage. These suitcases are perfect for short business trips or that city trip to Rome you've been thinking about. The suitcases have capacities of about 25 to 50 liters, which equals about 10kg of luggage.

Luggage 1-2 week trip

1 to 2-week trips: small to medium-sized suitcases

Small to medium-sized suitcases have a height of around 69cm. These suitcases are perfect for a week on the Spanish coast for instance. Or wherever you want to go. These suitcases have a capacity of about 51 to 75 liters, which equals about 10 to 15kg of luggage.

Medium-sized to large suitcases

Luggage 2 to 3-week trip

2 to 3-week vacations: medium-sized to large suitcases

Medium-sized to large suitcases have a height of around 75cm. These suitcases are perfect for vacations of 2 to 3 weeks. For example to the French Riviera. The suitcases have a capacity of about 75 to 95 liters, which equals about 15 to 20kg of luggage.

Luggage trips over 3 weeks

Traveling for more than 3 weeks : large suitcases

Large suitcases have a height that varies around 81cm. These suitcases are perfect for long trips. These suitcases can also be used to hold the luggage of 2 people. The suitcases have a capacity of over 95 liters, which equals more than 20kg of luggage.


Of course, the right size of suitcase also depends on how much you take with you on vacation. Someone might travel two weeks with a 70-liter capacity, while someone else might only need a 50-liter capacity for the same two weeks. The type of trip also matters. If you're going skiing In addition, there are also differences in what type of trip you are going to make. Are you going on a skiing or snowboarding? A larger suitcase is recommended because the clothing you need to bring is much thicker. Always keep this in mind when choosing a suitcase.

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