How to Measure the 3 Dimensions of Baggage

Prepare your baggage ahead of time to avoid hassle during your trip.
Prepare your baggage ahead of time to avoid hassle during your trip. (Image: Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Every time you travel, it is ideal that you confirm the updated baggage limits from your airline company. Although all airlines generally have similar baggage rules and regulations, there is always the possibility that these may suddenly change without prior notice. Checking the dimensions of your baggage is not only important to avoid travel hassles related to over baggage fees, but also to prevent travel delays due to such baggage issues and having to leave some personal items behind to abide by certain rules, regulations and limitations.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Baggage

Place your luggage on a flat surface and keep it in an upright position for accurate measurement of its three dimensions.

Measure and list down its length from end to end using a measuring tape. It is best to take both measurements in inches and millimeters so that you have figures for both units. Although you can always measure your luggage again if needed, it is ideal to have these measurements handy at any given time, especially when the airline you use for a particular trip only provides one unit of measurement.

Measure and list down its width. Make sure that you get the measurement for a fully-packed suitcase as this may have a minimal difference with the measurement of an empty one.

Measure and list down its height. Ideally, take a measurement going past the zipper and the top corner area of the luggage.

Add the three dimensions of the baggage for each unit of measurement and check with your airline if your baggage is within their baggage requirements. Additionally, you should also weigh your fully-packed luggage on a scale to obtain its weight in pounds and kilos as this is also crucial to any airline’s baggage requirements.

Tips & Warnings

  • It would be best to have a small note placed in any pocket of your baggage so you can always check its dimensions any time you need the measurements for your future travel.

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