Backpack size and Ryanair!
Replies: 12 - Last Post: May 25, 2012 7:46 PM Last Post By: moongoddess
Apr 18, 2012 10:45 AM
Backpack size and Ryanair!I'm planning a two week trip around Italy soon, and need some help!
I plan to spend as little money as possible, and travel as light as possible. With this in mind, I want to take one single backpack for the whole two weeks.
First, I'm thinking of buying a new backpack but don't know what size to buy. Would 40L be adequate for a two week trip, packing light?
Second, I'm flying with Ryanair and their cabin baggage allowance is a strict 55cm x 40cm x 20cm. What does that equate to, in backpack sizes? And is that enough for my light two-week backpack, bearing in mind I will also have to squeeze my DSLR in there? (I'm not good at visualising dimensions...)
I read on another thread that Ryanair often check bag sizes, so it's not worth risking an over-size bag. So, I'm wondering if I can pack light enough to comfortably conform to their rules, or should I just go ahead and pay extra for a checked bag? I'm thinking the latter option is going to be easier, but if I can get away with not spending that extra money, I will ...
Any advice welcome from anyone who has flown Ryanair :)
Apr 18, 2012 11:14 AM
It's not just size with Ryanair, but also maximum weight limits - too.
The rule of thumb is....
If it fits - it goes on. If it doesn't fit - it goes in the hold. It's not megga expensive, anyway.
It's very rare to see backpacks in the cabin on Ryanair flights.
Suggesting 40Litres, doesn't really help - either, as sizes vary.
Yes - you're right. Ryanair (or more often, the gate agents) sometimes check every bag.
More often than not - the staff eye it up as they tear off your boarding pass.
If it looks close to the knuckle - they'll tell you to place it in the sizer.
Don't attempt to force it in. If you can't get it out - that's your 'Big' problem.
They'll simply get a member of staff to wrench it out (if need be), then give you the options....
Either pay (on the spot) for the hold - or leave it behind.
If you're really worried - then pay for a piece of hold baggage.
A D-SLR and lens takes up very little room. I wouldn't think that is your main worry.
It can fit round your neck, with the lens in one of your pockets.
It's the actual size of the bag that can be of some concern.
What is a "Two week backpack"?
I only take hand luggage when I go for a month. So do many people nowadays.
You'd be amazed how many travellers over the last few years, have adjusted to just cabin baggage.
It's your call.
Best of luck with everything.
Apr 18, 2012 12:46 PM
Apr 18, 2012 2:00 PM
3Ryanair - in a manner of speaking, is just what it says on the packet....
Normally very cheap (I use it a lot), basic to the core - and very pennypinching at the same time.
However, it's always got me there cheaper than any other airline on the day.
As long as you abide by the rules, you'll save a packet - and get there (normally) on time.
It's got one of the best timekeeping records of all the airlines in Europe.
Hope it all goes well.
Apr 18, 2012 2:38 PM
Apr 18, 2012 3:48 PM
5have a look at this link
Apr 19, 2012 1:11 AM
Apr 19, 2012 1:25 AM
7Appreciate - full on what *4.... lucapal, states about Ryanair's over estimation of flight times.
They can be very cheeky - more than just some of the time.
However, the bit I like - is that they say before take-off (ie....) - "It'll take 3 hours".
It always arrives in 2hr 45m, or thereabouts. It's a good buzz.
Compared to the likes of Jet2 (just as one example) - Ryanair is light years ahead with its promptness.
Good luck with everything.
Apr 19, 2012 1:36 AM
840l is the volume that the backpack will (supposedly) hold, but it is often split into several pockets so you cannot equate linear dimensions to it. You have to measure up the proposed backpack and see if it fits into the Ryanair limits.
I don't think that any backpack bigger than a daypack will fit. So less stuff, or pay in advance to check it.
Apr 19, 2012 6:43 AM
9For a two week trip; think of all the things you won't really need.
Rule of threes; Pack only three compleat changes of clothes. WQe don't change everything, every day. You can wash some things in the sink or shower.
If they take a day longer to dry...that's a bonus. You get an extra day, to the city its due gawking.
The other rule is; stay three whole days in each place you sleep.WGetting lost is a bonus too. You'll see daily life you may not have. Don't freak out. Just "have a coffee" relax, and ask questions.
Part of the joy of travel is the cool people you have long conversations with. Its partially why entire European gamilies backpack together. Noy just because hostEls are cheap.
Apr 26, 2012 5:59 AM
10Ryanair is now charging 50Euros/£ per piece of luggage if it is beyond the weight or size limit, so I don't think it's worth risking it...
I think a trolley would be a better idea and would allow you to take more things with you when flying with such companies. Their "sizer box" is actually designed for trolleys, so packpacks are not usually a good alternative in this case.
Have a good trip!
Apr 26, 2012 6:04 AM
May 25, 2012 7:46 PM
12You might want to take a look at the Cabin Max backpack , as it's specifically designed to meet Ryan Air's carryon dimensions. Of course, as other posters have pointed out, you have to watch the weight of your cabin baggage as well as its size, so if you want to go carryon only, get a good luggage scale and use it.
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