Debriefing: what is the difference between hand luggage and personal items?

Some airlines allow you to carry carry-on baggage and personal items free of charge. If everything is clear with hand luggage, then not everyone knows what is considered a personal item. It’s time to figure it out.

What is a personal item?

A personal item is something that you can take on board with your hand luggage for free and without weighing: a small bag, a backpack or something from this list:

  • Outerwear
  • Bouquet
  • Baby food that your child will need during the flight
  • A cradle, a stroller and other devices for carrying a child. Dimensions must strictly comply with the rules of the carrier’s rules.
  • Medicines in the amount necessary for the duration of the flight.
  • Crutches, walking sticks, walkers, rollators, folding wheelchair
  • Suit in garment bag
  • Small umbrella
  • Goods purchased in duty-free shops at the airport, packed in a sealed (sealed) plastic bag, the weight and dimensions of which are established by the carrier’s rules
  • Photos, camcorders and laptops are usually asked to be packed in hand luggage.

It is very important to consider that each airline has its own rules. They must be clarified before leaving for the airport.

Personal belongings and carry-on luggage: what’s the difference?

This is where size matters. A personal item is usually small (the airline’s permissible dimensions are always indicated on the website) and is placed under the front seat. Carry-on baggage can be quite bulky and most often flies in the overhead baggage compartment.

The airline sets the rules for the carriage of personal items in the cabin Usually, the current standards are laid out in the public domain on the carrier’s website. These are the conditions for carriage of things on board the most popular airlines among tripmydream users.

Wizz air

Wizz Air allows only hand luggage with dimensions of 40 x 30 x 20 cm and weighing up to 10 kg to be carried on board free of charge, it is not allowed to take additional personal items with you, for example, a small bag or laptop bag.

If you purchase the WIZZ Priority service (or get it with the WIZZ Privilege Pass, WIZZ GO or WIZZ Plus package), you can take one piece of hand luggage (40 x 30 x 20 cm) and an additional suitcase (55 x 40 x 23 cm).


Ryanair can only carry one small bag (max 40 x 20 x 25 cm).

Passengers who have paid for priority boarding (€ 6-10 per person) are entitled to carry an extra suitcase or backpack up to 55 x 40 x 20 cm and weighing up to 10 kg.

One bag will need to be placed under the seat in front, the second (up to 10 kg) – on the luggage rack.

An adult accompanying a child under 2 years old can take on board a bag weighing up to 5 kg with hygiene items, food and toys free of charge. The rest of the children are subject to “adult” norms.

SkyUp Airlines

On the Economy Basic fare, you can only carry one 55 x 40 x 20 cm hand baggage free of charge, weighing up to 9 kg.

Additional stuff. such as a laptop, outerwear, umbrella, book or magazine, a folder for papers, Duty free goods (from 01.04.2021) (one closed bag with a receipt) must be placed inside the carry-on baggage.

The second piece of carry-on baggage can be purchased for $ 12 when contacting the contact center, or for $ 25 at the airport.

As part of the Economy Standard fare, you can take two pieces of hand luggage on board free of charge. One – 55 x 40 x 20 cm up to 9 kg, and the second – 35 x 20 x 10 cm up to 5 kg.

The Economy Flex fare allows you to take on board carry-on baggage up to 9 kg (55 x 40 x 20 cm) and in addition to it, carry-on baggage up to 9 kg, dimensions – 55 x 40 x 20 cm.


As part of the economy fare, you can take only one hand baggage weighing up to 7 kg (55 x 40 x 20 cm) into the UIA cabin. Any items or accessories, such as a laptop, magazines, books, a camera, a suitcase, duty free goods, personal documents, etc., must be placed inside the carry-on baggage.

One more piece of carry-on baggage can be purchased. All UIA passengers, in addition to their hand luggage, can carry one piece of outerwear and one umbrella free of charge.

Passengers with infants (up to 2 years old) are allowed to take one additional travel bag (weight up to 5 kg / dimensions up to 55 x 40 x 20 cm) for each infant. The bag may contain clothing, toiletries, light toys, and special baby food you may need during the flight.

Turkish Airlines

Turkish Airlines Economy Class passengers can carry on board the aircraft free hand baggage 55x40x23 cm weighing up to 8 kg. Business class passengers – two pieces of hand luggage.

Traveling with an infant can take with them as much liquid or solid baby food as the child needs during the flight. Also in the Turkish Airline cabin you can carry breathing apparatus, tennis rackets or squash rackets if they are in a special bag.