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Luggage Requirements and Packing Tips for International Travel

Updated: May 26, 2023

Large and small suitcases at airport

Navigating the details of international travel can feel a bit daunting. We’ve compiled some tips below to help you pack efficiently and safely as you prepare for your next international flight.

Remember to check with your airline(s) for their specific requirements, and always keep your important documents and valuables in your carry-on bag.

Check the size and weight limitations for both carry-on and checked luggage.

  • Confirm the luggage requirements for all of the flights on your itinerary. Size and weight restrictions vary by airline and aircraft type.

  • Use a luggage scale to weigh your bags before leaving for the airport to avoid excess baggage fees.

  • If your ticket does not include free carry-on or checked baggage, paying luggage fees before check-in is often less expensive than paying at the airport.

Pack your carry-on bag wisely.

  • Include all important documents, medications, and valuables such as jewelry, electronics, and passports.

  • It’s also a good idea to pack a change of clothes in case your checked bag gets lost or delayed.

  • Packing cubes or compression bags can help maximize space, organize your belongings, and make packing and re-packing easier.

Be mindful of security considerations when packing.

  • Review the TSA guidance on what's allowed in luggage for flights departing from the U.S.

  • The European Union has similar prohibited items for flights originating within the EU. Some countries very strictly enforce rules for liquids in carry-on bags.

  • Many countries provide exemptions for certain liquids, such as medication, baby food, and duty-free liquids purchased at the airport. However, these items may be subject to additional screening or documentation requirements.

  • Passengers traveling with medical devices such as CPAP machines, oxygen, medical syringes, or mobility aids such as a wheelchair or walker should check with their airline(s) to confirm their specific policies.

Reduce your risk of lost luggage.

  • Keep your luggage tags up-to-date with your current contact information in case your bags get lost or delayed during transit.

  • Consider purchasing luggage tracking devices, such as GPS-enabled luggage tags, to help you locate your bags if they go missing.

  • Clients of Travel That Delights receive complimentary lost baggage tracking with Blue Ribbon Bags.

Complimentary Lost Luggage Tracking for Travel That Delights Clients

Travel That Delights provides complimentary lost baggage tracking for every client with Blue Ribbon Bags. Your final itinerary will include instructions on using the service if your bags don’t arrive at your destination.


  • Blue Ribbon Bags will track and expedite the return of your delayed baggage for 96 hours after your flight lands.

  • You will receive automatic email updates every time there is any change to the status of your mishandled bag.

  • One Service Agreement includes all bags checked at the airport, including last-minute gate check-ins.

  • Blue Ribbon Bags service covers every flight on every airline, everywhere in the world.

  • A claim must be filed with your airline before reporting your mishandled bag to BRB.

  • Mishandled bags must be reported to BRB within 24 hours of your flight arrival.

  • No proof of baggage contents is required to receive our Satisfaction Guarantee Payment.

  • Payment is issued if your bag is not found within 96 hours (4 days) of your flight arrival.

  • Payments are guaranteed even if your bags are returned after the 96-hour service period.

  • BRB sells a service that is in addition to any insurance you may have, and not instead of.

  • BRB does not cover delivery. All bags will be considered returned to the passenger, and Blue Ribbon Bag's service will be considered rendered when as per the airline’s baggage system, the bag arrives at the airport on record with the passenger’s lost baggage claim with the airline.

  • Blue Ribbon Bags Service does not cover THEFT (of baggage or items within the bag). Any bag the airline has reported to have been on the passenger's flight(s) will not qualify for service.


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