Business travellers usually have their travel routine down to a fine art, knowing the ins and outs of travelling with laptops. But for those that don’t travel frequently there are multiple questions surrounding flying with laptops — from previous laptop flight bans causing confusion, to questions around where to place laptops. Can you put a laptop in a checked bag?
If you need to fly with a laptop, this short guide is for you. Where to pack your laptop, how to pack it, and exactly when and where you can use it!
Where should I put my laptop when flying?
In an ideal world you should travel with your laptop in your hand luggage.
This could be in your carry-on suitcase, or even in a laptop case as a personal item — small items that some airlines allow you to carry onto the plane in addition to your hand luggage.
However, we appreciate everyone smart luggage doesn’t suit everyone and people travel with a wide range of luggage styles! Here’s our flowchart for travelling with you tech showing where to place your laptop and other electronics from best to worst!
5 tips for travelling with a laptop in checked luggage
While travelling with a laptop had varying rules and provided some confusion in the past, in 2021 it is a straightforward process.
As a recap:
- There are no rules prohibiting laptops in checked or carry-on luggage
- You can bring more than one laptop, and use your laptop throughout the flight
- Similarly to delicate items and virtually all electronics, it is always recommended to travel with your laptop in the cabin, rather than in checked bags
Finally, travelling with laptops is arguably why smart luggage was invented!
If you frequently travel with your tech, you might want to look at our buyers guides for smart luggage bags. Aside from a wealth of clever features, smart suitcases come with dedicated front pockets for keeping your laptops easy to access and secure, whilst being carry-on sized.
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