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Best cabin bags for Ryanair flights

By Callum Tennent

Ryanair's cabin bag allowance is famously scrooge-like. We round up the best bags we’ve tested that will be allowed on board. 

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Many of us have become used to flying with just a cabin bag, but it’s essential you pick luggage that meets the size restrictions of the carrier you mostly fly with – otherwise, you’ll have to pay a hefty fee at the gate.  

Our tests of cabin bags have found that the manufacturer’s official measurements don’t always match reality. All nine bags we measured in our most recent test were a centimetre or two bigger or smaller than the official size. This might not matter, except that in at least one instance those extra couple of centimetres could mean the bag won’t be allowed on board a Ryanair flight.

Ryanair cabin baggage allowance is strict. It allows one main cabin bag, that must be no more than 55x40x20cm in size, and a second smaller laptop bag or handbag. Ryanair has warned passengers that it will ‘rigorously enforce’ cabin baggage rules this summer.

Don’t get caught out at the airport with a bag that’s too big.  Use our table below to make sure that your luggage you buy is guaranteed to pass any at the gate Ryanair measurement test.

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Best cabin bags for Ryanair flights

Antler Atom C1 4-wheel 55cm Cabin case
Which? score 81%
Reviewed Mar 2017
Best Buy
Overall durability:
5 out of 5
Zip strength:
5 out of 5
Ease of manoeuvring:
5 out of 5
Weight (kg):
Member exclusive
Capacity not expanded (l):
Member exclusive

If you're flying with Ryanair then there's no better carry-on bag on the market right now. From our water resistance test to being loaded up with weights and dropped, this bag took everything we had to throw at it in our lab. It’s also light, despite the hard shell and generous capacity, meaning you can get full value from Ryanair’s 10kg weight allowance. Sign in to see what cabin bag we're talking about.

Antler Aire Cabin Suitcase 55cm
Which? score 69%
Reviewed Mar 2017
Overall durability:
3 out of 5
Zip strength:
5 out of 5
Ease of manoeuvring:
5 out of 5
Weight (kg):
Member exclusive
Capacity not expanded (l):
Member exclusive

If you prefer soft luggage to hard cases then this is the best choice for your next Ryanair flight. It’s easy to manoeuvre and pull along, and it survived our durability tests well so won’t break easily. Sign in to find out all the details.

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Luggage that's practical

We’re cruel to bags at our test lab. They’re sprayed with water for two minutes, to simulate the effects of a sudden storm. We load them up with weights and drop them, twice, first from 90cm and then 150cm, to make sure you don’t buy a bag that will break easily.

To be sure, we also jerk them into the air by the handle and lower them 100 times. That’s the same number of times we wrench the zip back and forth. Finally, they’re hurled diagonally at the floor, as though by a disgruntled baggage handler keen to get to the pub.

All so you can be sure you’ll get a bag that lasts, and fits on board.

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