Our top guided holiday luggage tips

You’ve found where in the world you want to go, you’ve booked your Trafalgar trip, and you’ve turned your cupboards inside out to piece together your holiday wardrobe. Now it’s time to decide where you’re going to store all of those shorts, tops, dresses and shoes.

Unsure where to start? We have some top baggage tips from our Travel Directors and trusty past travellers to help you lighten your load.



Carry-on baggage for the coach                                                                                            

We recommend bringing a small overnight bag, without wheels, so all of your essentials can be in an easy-to-reach place above your head. Your main suitcase is stored below in the hold. We think the Stand overnight bag by Eastpak is pretty neat – plus it comes with a 30-year guarantee.

Crossover bag 

When you’re off the coach, you’ll want somewhere to store essentials – like a bottle of water, a purse or wallet, a camera, wet wipes, sun cream and sunglasses (depending on where you go and what time of year, of course) – so you can easily carry them around with you. A small, lightweight crossover bag is a wise bring-along, especially if your itinerary involves lots of exploration on foot. We like these his-and-hers satchels by Fossil – they’re waterproof and provide extra security.




A suitcase that’s lightweight, sturdy and easy to transport will make your journey much more pleasant. Of course, you won’t need to worry about carrying your luggage during your trip – it’s taken on and off of the coach and delivered to your room, every time. We recommend a lockable case with wheels so you can glide through the airport departure lounge, and can travel safe in the knowledge that no-one can tamper with your luggage. Samsonite cases come in all shapes and sizes, and are highly recommended thanks to a lifetime guarantee. We think the Spinner Upright case is a good all-rounder.


We’ll be back soon with more travel tips. But in the meantime, why not start planning your next adventure.

18 responses to “Our top guided holiday luggage tips

  1. Margaret Adamson

    Just wondering about the luggage sizes. The overall dimensions are totaled or it can’t be over 10′ deep? I have a 26x14x17 will that not be acceptable?

  2. Just wondering if I need to replace my trusty black wolf bag for the bus tour. It’s dimensions are as follows:
    80W x 37H x 39D (cm)

  3. I have a check in suitcase that measures 26x 19x 11x and travelling in May 2015. Would this be okay as long as the total weight is okay? Please advise. Thanks

  4. I just purchased the samsonite Winfield 2 four wheel spinner with measurements of 24′ x 16.5′ x 11 which is literally one inch off. We will be taking the Contrasts of italy tour which does not use a coach as the primary transport (it uses the train between cities) is this going to be an issue?

  5. Is a ladies purse considered a carry on for the coach? Or can a lady take her purse and a carry on.


    • Hi Holly, the space on the coach is limited to a small rack above your head and the space under the seat in front so we recommend that you only one bag onto the coach, containing everything you’ll need during the day.

  6. Regarding check in luggage, we are now confused by the comment that the product of the dimension limits is referred to as an “area” when it is a “volume”. Do you mean that any of the linear dimension limits may be exceeded as long as the total volume does not exceed 30″ x 18″ x 10″ =5400 cubic inches? Our bag is 27″ x 19″ x 10″ = 5130 cubic inches. We need to know quickly whether we have to go purchase a new bag or if this one is acceptable. Thanks

  7. Regarding luggage restrictions, we have a 31″x22″x12″ luggage. Is this ok to take.

  8. So we cannot use the same size luggage as my usual carry obi bag? Mine is hard shell 8″ deep 21″ long and 13″ wide. It has wheel and an expandable handle. Will it fit under my seat. I have arthritis and this is the easiest for me.

    • Hi Debbie, the maximum size permitted on the coach is 30” x 18” x 10” or a bag of the same volume. Space is on the coach limited and unfortunately, bags with wheels are too large to fit in the overhead storage or under the seats. We recommend bringing a small bag just to carry around the things you’ll need during the day. Thanks

  9. Margaret L Harris

    My bag is 30″ (including wheels) by 19″ by 11″. I am flying Delta which indicates that it can be no larger than 62″ total which my bag does not. However the info I have from Trafalgar says 30X18X10 at one place and 30X19X11 at another. Which is correct? Delta or Trafalgar

    • Hi Margaret, that size bag should be fine for the Trafalgar coach, however we would recommend checking with the airline as their luggage restrictions are not the same as ours ~ Caroline

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