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Air travel tips – Rules on cabin baggage and suitcases


What size or maximum permissible weight of my luggage in my cabin and hold baggage when I travel by plane?


They ask all questions to each new trip. The rules frequently change and are different depending on the airline. To find one, I gathered in this article my experiences and researches on strict baggage policies.

To be clear, this is how the article is structured:

  • 01. General Rules of Usage on luggage during transport by air.
  • 02. Strictly prohibited in aircraft objects.
  • 03. Rules and advice concerning hand luggage, that we keep with you on the plane.

And as you travel involves bringing with it a travel first aid kit, visit my dedicated section: What drugs in your medical kit on a tripLet me guide you, I told you ;);)

01. General Rules of Usage by plane


There are 2 types of luggage: the luggage and the baggage.

In general, applying the stricter rules, know that each passenger is entitled to a 1 piece in 20kg Payload (extra times) and a cabin baggage of less than 10 kg with dimensions not exceeding 56 cm 25cm x 45cm x inclusive. On the practical side, have you ever weigh your empty suitcase? Suitcases sometimes weigh a ton and it forces you to limit the business you want to carry with you. This is a crucial element to consider when buying a new suitcase.

Bags-to-back are allowed by plane and suffer the same rules as suitcases. Be aware that some companies give you large plastic bags to protect your bag-to-back for travel in the hold. We had the pleasant surprise during our trip to Brazil or on my last trip to Southeast Asia. In all cases, be sure to close your bag with small padlocks and securely tighten the straps and straps bag- to-back.

Note first of all that the policy of hand luggage and suitcases in the hold still depends on the airline you chose to make your flight. We strongly advise you to check the details of their political baggage by consulting their website because changes are common.

02. Objects strictly prohibited even in the hold


The list of objects strictly forbidden on an airplane is valid for all airlines worldwide.When we confess that the same checks are not stringent regarding lighters and matches.

  • Matches, lighters and fuels. Flammable liquids like fuel, thinners, solvent, acetone.
  • D’artifices lights, firecrackers, sparklers, flares, imitation pistols, firelighters, tear gas.
  • Camp stoves, gas cylinders, oxygen scuba tanks.
  • Paint, varnish, lacquer.
  • Toxic materials, infectious substances, radioactive materials.
  • Chemicals, fertilizers, herbicides, pesticides, insecticides, cleaners, bleach, chlorine, lye.
  • Mercury thermometers, barometers.

03. Rules and advice on baggage

  • Any liquid (bottle, cosmetic or aerosol) should be in a container of less than 100 ml which must be present in a closed transparent plastic cover whose maximum dimensions are 20 x 20 cm. The plastic bags for freezing are perfect for that! Exceptions made for this measure: baby food, medicines accompanied by a prescription and products sold at airport shops after the security checks in the quantities accepted air shopping.
  • With the increase of taxes on hold baggage practiced by many airlines, remember to arrange to only travel with one bag in the cabin. It saves time and money. Another advantage, then we can not arrive for boarding 30 minutes before departure. Finally, to avoid unpleasant last-minute surprises at the airport, weigh your luggage on the scales before departure. GOOD!
  • Remember that only your luggage is likely to be weighed at the airport and you do not ;) So if you are traveling with cabin baggage and want to “save a few kilos“, put the heavier clothes (jeans, jackets) and consider filling your pockets!



What drugs in your medical kit on a trip?


Since the time I travel around the world, I always wanted to give my advice to prepare your travel first aid kit. The holiday first aid kit must be above all a first aid kit, a real travel survival kit. It must contain medicines, essential objects I will detail and important documents related to your health.

In short, I will tell you everything to help you stay comfortable and safe in your future travels. It is important even essential to properly prepare his travel first aid kit especially when you travel independent but also when we opt for a tour.


The names of the drugs listed in this article are given for information only. Before a trip, we advise you to contact your doctor for an update including vaccines.

Here are my tips to organize my travel pharmacy kit, and my list of essential drugs to counter the relatively common diseases or other ailments that can be contracted while traveling.

When organizing your travel pharmacy kit, here are the main points to remember:

  • Kit as compact as possible, wear-resistant and airtight.
  • You should know exactly what’s in your first aid kit and how to use it. Prepare a list of medications you take, they treat the symptoms, dosage, etc …
  • The content must be adapted to your needs, taking into account geographical considerations and planned activities.

See my list of useful links at the bottom of the article:

What you should absolutely take with you when traveling

Here are the essential elements to include in your first aid kit of voyage.

Zip bags are very useful!!!

  • Adhesive Bandages, bandages of several sizes
  • Scissors, tweezers (urchins, eg splinters)
  • Sterile gauze pads
  • Antibacterial Hand Sanitizer
  • Spray cream or antibacterial and antifungal
  • Antiseptic wipes
  • Thermometer

Remember that sharp objects such as scissors, should be stored in checked baggage when traveling by airplane. You will know almost everything ;) on the size of cabin baggage and hold baggage.

Drugs-away trip

Here is a list of some drugs that we always take with us during our long journeys.

The names of the medications are given for information only! Consult your doctor to determine which drugs are best suited to you (because of allergy, the other taking treatments, etc ….)

– Make sure to bring enough medicine for your entire trip.

  • Anti-diarrheal medications: Zithromax 
  • Intestinal dressings: Smecta
  • Anti-nausea drugs, anti vomiting: Vogalène
  • Fever and Pain / Anti-inflammatory Moderate:. Analgesic (reduces pain) Dafalgan(paracetamol) / Intense: Analgesic: Ibuprofen (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory). Caution: Do not combine with anti-inflammatory drugs or corticosteroids.
  • Stomach ache: Spasfon
  • Itching: Diprosone (topical corticosteroid) for reactions to nasty insect bites
  • Allergies: Aerius, anti allergy without fatigue effect (works well for allergy jellyfish)
  • Eye infection: 1 Azyter dose. Antibiotic if infection of the eye, conjunctivitis.
  • Broad antibacterial spectrum antibiotic (tonsillitis, skin infections, ENT infections): Pyostacine

– Keep the packaging (containing original labeled)

– When traveling by plane, keep the medicines you really need in your hand luggage in case your main luggage in the hold, is lost.

To also take with you on a trip

You can also include other elements in your travel first aid kit, depending on your destination and the nature of your trip:

  • Solar cream
  • Cream, after sun lotion: Biaphine
  • Mosquito spray
  • Earplugs / Earplugs
  • Mosquito
  • Tablets water purification
  • Condoms

Important documents related to your health

Finally, here are some important documents you need to include in a medical emergency.

  • Local emergency phone numbers (nearest hospitals for example).
  • Proof of health insurance coverage.
  • A copy of your immunization records, including a certificate of vaccination against yellow fever if required by the country you are visiting.
  • A contact card with information about you: of the accommodation on your holiday, a family member of the embassy of your country in your destination country and the emergency number your health insurance.

You never know when you might need medical care during your trip, then, prevention is better than cure. A little preparation can help you avoid wasting precious time in case of health problems or accidents while traveling. Having a well prepared medical kit you tranquiliser mind in order to make the most of your trip. In conclusion, we hope that you will not usually need your travel first aid kit.

If you think it lacks an essential element or you have a suggestion, feel free to leave me a comment at the bottom of this page.



CARCASSONNE – Walled city and the 5 best spots



The imposing fortifications of the city of Carcassonne occupy a rocky spur overlooking the course of the Aude. Occupied from the sixth century BC, Carcassonne was a Roman town before being a medieval city. It reflects 1000 years of military architecture and 2600 years of history. Ultimate defense, the Comtal castle was built in the twelfth century by the Trencavels, Viscounts of Carcassonne and was continually modified over the following centuries. A rich and varied tour is offered including many exclusive areas: walls, hoardings, projection room, lapidary museum. Guided tours by reservation, conferences, audio guides available. Free admission the first Sunday of each month.

Here are 5 best spots that you must visit:


In the heart of the medieval city of Carcassonne, the School of the Museum allows children, parents and teachers to discover the atmosphere of communal under the Third and Fourth Republics through a fun and original exhibition. This rich period of primary education is made within five rooms of the museum through the educational materials used in schools from 1880 to 1960. Difficult not to be charmed by the old projectors and the delicious possibility of write to the Gallic pen or Sergeant Major. A real return to childhood that perfectly befits a living in this hotbed of history.


Following the markup marked with a red arrow, you get into an enchanting stroll along the Aude.Taking as its starting point the Old Bridge under which we pass to win the Pont Neuf and the Pont de l’Avenir. After having passed, turn left and then left again towards the banks of the Aude, then right along the trail. Continuing along a straight line, we quietly along the river to the Pont Neuf. It then passes under the bridge through a small tunnel and you must turn right, then left to reach the Old Bridge before moving to the Hotel of the Three Crowns and reach the banks. It is good to follow them to the famous Païcherou and continue straight along the little path meandering near the Garigliano River to the bridge. Before the bridge, turn right, cross the bridge then turn right towards the Mayrevieille plain. It is possible to continue or to agree a gourmet break after this trip full of freshness.


Wonder of the Cathar history, the castle of Quéribus is a real eagle’s nest with its strategic location which allows it to monitor the entire Roussillon plain and admire the distance the Corbières. Placed on a rocky peak foggy, this vestige of the beautiful but short Cathar saga built in the eleventh century stands out as a great getaway for a day outside of Carcassonne. It enjoys a breathtaking tour where the atmosphere seems everywhere recall the mysterious story that surrounds the scene. Descending into the valley, a small village  Cucugnan is needed while nearby stands another treasure of the Cathars constructions, the castle of Peyrepertuse.


Jumble: beautiful furniture, chic clothing, cosmetics dedicated to well-being … You can find everything at Esprit de Sel, a reference address in Carcassonne. The shop is large and runs at its own pace, according to the inspiration of the day. One thing is certain: one always leaves with a find, whether it is an original object, a sublime shoe or a wacky pendulum. Is that we need to know to look to find yourself in this modern Aladdin’s cave with an uncluttered and relaxing decor. The big names in design alongside more creative confidential under the watchful eye of Jocelyn, always good advice for an unexpected madness or a souvenir of good taste. To explore imperative!


Madly in love with truffles, Philippe Barrier has dedicated a monument or at least a space entirely dedicated to his glory in the heart of Carcassonne. Here it is in all its forms comes the black diamond: truffled foie gras, mashed potatoes with truffle, panna cotta with truffle, egg casserole, and other delicious sandwiches. The friendly atmosphere provided by the master of the house said the simplicity with which he imagined together in this bar-shop the best of regional production. We sat near the impressive zinc – the sculptor-blacksmith Marc Carollo – to taste black, white truffles, winter or summer, accompanied by wines from the Cabardès, Minervois or Malepère. And we leave with a cookbook under the arm to reproduce these wonderful culinary assortments home!