Can A Backpack Be Used As An Overhead Bag On A Flight?

Planning on jet-setting for your next adventure? If it’s your first time overseas or you haven’t traveled in a while, you probably have a one million and one questions about your flight, what to pack, luggage weights and what bags will fit in the overhead bag storage. Can you take a suitcase, backpack or only a small handbag?

It really depends on the airline that you are traveling with and the type of luggage you’ve paid for. In most cases, an airline will allow you to take on handheld luggage which can include a small suitcase or backpack, in addition to a handbag or laptop bag or briefcase. In most circumstances, they care about the weight, so it’s important that a total combined weight of 7kgs is not exceeded before you will be charged an additional fee. Some major international airlines will allow for unrestricted weights, so long as they fit in the overhead storage unassisted. It’s important to check with your airline to see your restriction sizes.

So what are the standard size backpacks you can take for your carry on? 
The maximum dimensions for a carry-on bag are 9 inches x 14 inches x 22 inches (22 cm x 35 cm x 56 cm), including handles and wheels for many airlines. Some airlines are a little more generous like Thai Airways which allow for bag dimensions to be 56cm x 45cm x 25cm onboard for carry on. The sizing is so important just so it can fit safely under the seat or in the overhead storage compartments so, in the case of an emergency, no one will be injured by the unsecured luggage.

So to answer the question: Can A Backpack Be Used As An Overhead Bag On A Flight? The answer is yes. Just keep in mind that it needs to be a practical size and nothing like a trekking pack. Enjoy your trip and remember to double check the baggage weighs and dimensions with the airlines, especially if you have connecting flights with multiple companies.