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How To Pack A Suitcase For An Overseas Trip

Living in New Zealand, we’re geographically isolated from the rest of the world. Yes, this is part of New Zealand’s appeal. But, it can make it tricky to head overseas for work trips and holidays. Unless, of course, you’re visiting our neighbours in Australia and the Pacific Islands. Given that it can take a long time to get to places like America or Europe, you’ll often plan to stay longer to make the trip worthwhile. The only problem with that is you’ll only have limited luggage.

We love a trip away as much as anyone at Briscoes. But, what we love more is supporting Kiwis to take their own holiday or business trip abroad. That’s why, we have a wide range of suitcases and other baggage to help you feel comfortable on the road. But what and how should you approach packing? In this guide, we’ll explore exactly that!

Common rules for packing luggage for an international flight

Everyone lives a different lifestyle. So, as you’d expect, how to pack suitcases and carry-on luggage will vary from person to person. In saying that, there are certainly some rules and regulations you should be aware of before packing your luggage bags. 

Baggage allowance

If you’ve ever tried to go shopping for your friends and family in another country, you’ll know how much of a drag a baggage allowance is. Of course, baggage allowance will change from airline to airline. But commonly, a travel suitcase shouldn’t be wider than 140cm in linear dimension. Whether you have a small or large suitcase, it should generally weigh less than 32kg in economy class. Carry-on luggage is another story altogether. 

Thankfully, you can easily find a set of scales in nearly every airport before boarding. As well as that, most airlines allow you to pay an extra fee for more luggage. Although, this can be expensive (often hundreds more). If you need to buy new luggage bags or suitcases, read our bags and luggage buying guide

Restricted goods

Once again, this may vary from airline to airline. However, there are restricted items that most airports and planes will not allow. Usually, it’s pretty common sense. But, it’s well worth understanding what prohibited items are so that you don’t put them in your luggage and receive a hefty fine or worse. Commonly restricted items may include: 

  • Flammable liquids
  • Lithium batteries 
  • Explosives
  • Organic peroxides

TSA locks

TSA stands for Transportation Security Security. TSA locks are a global security system that allows you to lock and protect your suitcases and luggage bags. But, airline staff can still unlock and access your baggage for any needed security checks. It’s a win-win, really. If you plan to use a padlock to lock your suitcases or even carry-on luggage, you’ll need to use a TSA lock. Otherwise, airport staff may need to get out the bolt cutters!