How to determine the size of a suitcase?

Old Apr 25th, 2005, 09:34 AM
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How to determine the size of a suitcase?

Hello, all, how do you measure a suitcase? From top to bottom, or like the size of a computer screen - diagonally? Opened or closed?

If my suitcase is 23 and 1/2 inches, does it mean it's 24" or 23" - how do you round it up?

And no, I'm not trolling, I am actually serious. I bought a suitcase, and don't know what size.
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Old Apr 25th, 2005, 10:00 AM
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You generally round up. To determine if a suitcase meets your airline guidance get out the tape measure. Measure the top to bottom, across the top and the depth. (Front to back) add those up. With a 24" you are fine on most makor carriers (not sure about the budget airlines in Europe).
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Old Apr 25th, 2005, 10:27 AM
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For airline sizing restrictions there's an even easier way: lie the suitcase down on its longest side. Take the tape measure and measure its "girth" all the way around.
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Old Apr 25th, 2005, 11:16 AM
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No, I was not asking in regards to the airline restrictions. People here say: I traveled with a 22". A 24" is too large for Europe. Muffin travels with a 33". So I am just trying to figure our the size of mine.

So, it's top to bottom. And if there is a 1/2 of an inch I round up to the next inch, right? And I measure the closed suitcase to include the thickness of the sides?
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Old Apr 25th, 2005, 04:19 PM
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Weight is much more important than size, for ease of travel around Europe.

Faina, practice pack your suitcase and put it on the bathroom scale. I like to keep mine 25 lbs. or less (20 - 24" is fine for the size).
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Old Apr 25th, 2005, 04:30 PM
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if airline size restrictions aren't a concern, you only need to worry about two sizes.... if your stuff fits into it, it's the right size. if not, well... get another suitcase.
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Old Apr 25th, 2005, 04:43 PM
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uuuhhhh, you are my type of person! for us the glass is not half-full or half-empty, just the wrong size
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Faina, one of my trips to Italy I took the exact same size suitcase I had always used but had it jammed with "stuff". Long story, will not bore you with the details.

Good grief, my SIL almost got a hernia lifting it. I can't believe KLM even excepted it for check in. And am sure my friends in Italy could have wrung my neck. I could not handle the suitcase at all.

Long story short. I have never again packed so much that I can't personally handle the suitcase. So do consider the weight, more important then the size.

Have fun planning the wonderful trip!
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Old Apr 25th, 2005, 04:54 PM
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Thank you, all... now, reading the answers, I think I've picked the wrong English words for my question. Really, I only wanted to know how many inches my suitcase is, how to measure, so I can say: I travelled for this many days with this size of a suitcase.
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how do you measure a suitcase?

Top to bottom, no diagonal, no half inches. How tall it is (assuming it is a rolling bag, from the wheels to the top of the bag) that is your suitcase size. You measure 23.5 inches, call it a 24" bag.

If you measure length and width use the larger number when desribing your bag side. For a visual go to:

http://www.londonluggage.com/luggage_size.htm
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