NEW YORK ( MainStreet) -- You just bought a spanking new carry-on luggage -- it's durable, stylish and lightweight. It's advertised as meeting most airlines' carry-on size limit. But upon arrival at the airport, you place the bag at the gate's luggage sizer and it doesn't fit.
Anyone who has ever experienced this knows it's a nightmare to be told that your bag is too big for the overhead bin. You'll have to rearrange some of your belongings and then pay the checked bag fee.
Worse than repacking or paying more money is spending the entire flight thinking of whether your carry-on-turned-checked bag will make it to your destination. This is crucial if you're going away just for a night or two and you've got a much-needed attire in your carry-on luggage.
Traveling is stressful enough, so do your homework before heading out to the airport. Although most domestic airlines allow a carry-on bag that is 22 by 14 by 9 inches -- or 45 linear (total) inches -- it's still important to check with your airline.
Know your bag's exact dimensions, and keep in mind that an airline's size restriction includes the bag's handles and wheels. A bag may be advertised as a "carry-on," but that's not a guarantee you'll be allowed to carry it with you on the plane. (See Carry-on Size Limit by Airline)
Check out some of the best new carry-on bags in the market -- from rolling luggage and garment bags, to travel totes and backpacks.