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How Much Luggage is 23 KG 

By  Enda

As you know many airlines will give you a weight allowance that you are allowed to bring on their plane when going on holiday. They usually split this into two types of luggage:

  1. Cabin/Hand/Carry On Luggage - this is typically a small bag that you can bring onboard the aircraft with you
  2. Hold Luggage/Check In Luggage - this is a larger bag that you bring with you to the airport but it gets checked in when you check in for your flight. That bag is then placed in the hold of the plane and you have to pick it up from the luggage belt when you land at the end of your flight.

Different airlines have different allowances and it can get very confusing. Not only do they have weight restrictions but they also have size restrictions. It is confusing for so many people, and the airlines simply can not, or will not, agree a set of standards.

Which Airline has a 23 KG Allowance?

Easyjet have a 23 Kg allowance for luggage that goes into the hold. Easy jet allow a small hand luggage with no weight restriction as long as it is no bigger than 45cm x 36cm x 20cm. (17.7" x 14.2" x 7.9")

British Airways allow a carry on bag up to 23 Kg as long as it is no bigger than 56cm x 45cm x 25cm (22" x 17.7" x 9.8")

The 23 KG luggage weight allowance includes the weight of the suitcase and the weight of the contents. A 23 KG allowance is enough weight to allow you to bring clothes, shoes and accessories for one person for a 2-3 week time period.

With Easyjet, customers can buy up to 3 hold bags. If you prefer you can buy additional 3 Kg units up to a maximum of 32Kg for a single bag.

The exact volume of clothes, footwear, makeup, travel accessories etc will differ for each person depending on what you need to pack. The amount of clothes you need for a typical beach holiday will usually be lighter than say a 2-3 week cruise where you will need more clothes and footwear.

A Reality Check

Cabin luggage is small, and it is very hard, if not impossible to pack in 23 Kg of weight to a small bag of this size. So although the Easyjet and British Airways carry on weight allowance seems generous, in reality it is really hard to be able to get all your clothes, footwear etc into a small bag of restricted size.

What Size of Suitcase is 23 KG?

15 Kg Bag

Ideal for a weekend or short break of 2-3 days

Small Case 23-24"

(58 -61 cm)

23 Kg Bag

Ideal for one person for a 2-3 week break

Medium Case 25-27"

(63.5-68.5 cm)

32 Kg Bag

Ideal for a person who packs everything

Large Case 28-32"

(71 - 81 cm)

A 32 Kg bag is also a good choice for 2 people to share for a 7-10 holiday.

How Much Clothes can you get into a  23 KG Suitcase ?

Below we have given you some average weights for the most popular items that people take on holiday. The first thing to do however is to make sure that you take away the weight of your case from your luggage allowance.

So if your luggage allowance is 23 KG and you case weighs 3 KG then you have 20 KG of allowance left. (That's why people usually buy the lightest cases that they can. Soft side suitcases are much lighter that hard shell cases)

The typical things we pack into a suitcase are clothes, shoes, accessories and electronics. Below we have included a few tables with the average weights of the most popular items.

Flymax 26" Expandable Suitcase

This is a typical 26" suitcase with a 68 litre capacity and when expanded will be able to carry around 20 KG of luggage

This case weighs 2.8 KG so with a 23 KG allowance you will be able to pack 20.2 KG of actual clothes, shoes, electronics and accessories

A similar hard shell case will weigh around 4 KG so that would mean you could pack up to 19 KG of actual clothes, shoes, electronics and accessories

The good news is with a case this size it is hard to pack in more than 23 KG. We would always highly recommend weighing your luggage as you pack using a travel luggage scale.

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Average Weight of Clothes

Clothes type

Average Weight

Jeans

250 grams

T-shirts

100 grams

Dress

175 grams

Swim shorts

125 grams

Shorts

220 grams

Bikini/Swimsuit

200 grams

Underpants

50 grams

Bra

55 grams

Pyjamas

300 grams

Socks

50 grams

Blouse

120 grams

Shirt

150 grams

Skirt

180 grams

Jumpers/Cardigans

325 grams

3/4 length trousers

200 grams

Cover ups

50 grams

Jackets

550 grams

Leggings

150 grams

Average Weight of Footware

Shoe Type

Average Weight

Ladies trainers

500 grams

Men's Trainers

700 grams

Ladies Sandals

280 grams

Men's Sandals

500 grams

Men's dress shoes

750 grams

Boots

900 grams

Heels

450 grams

Flip flops

150 grams

Wedges

650 grams

Ladies Flats

400 grams

Average Weight of Travel Accessories

Accessory Type

Average Weight

Handbag

400 grams

Beach bag

60 grams

Beach towel

500 grams

Sun hat

50 grams

Sunglasses

40 grams

Jewellery (item)

70 grams

Belt

20 grams

Scarf

120 grams

Umbrella

170 grams

Ties/gloves

60 grams

Average Weight of Toiletries

Toiletries Type

Average Weight

Shampoo/Conditioner/Shower Gel (item)

350 grams

Make up (item)

450 grams

Perfume

300 grams

Toothpaste

1200 grams

Toothbrush

20 grams

Medicine (item)

75 grams

Sun cream/ Aftersun (item)

200 grams

Hairbrush

90 grams

Deoderant

120 grams

Hand sanitiser

50 grams

Average Weight of Electronics

Electronic Devices

Average Weight

Hairdryer

400 grams

Hair Curlers

400 grams

Hair Straighteners

425 grams

Phone Charger

100 grams

Travel Adapter

100 grams

Kindle

205 grams

Tablet device

800 grams

Laptop

2000 grams

Laptop Charger

350 grams

Device leads

50 grams

As you can see from the above information the heavier items include laptops, tablets and chargers. Shoes, sandals and trainers are also heavy. If you plan on taking a lot of make-up then certain items are also quite heavy.

That's why it is important to plan out what you are going to wear over the length of your holiday. 23KG is a good amount of weight to work with and ideal for a 2 week holiday, and with some careful planning is enough for up to 3 weeks.

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