Yes - you can take a tote bag on a plane as long as it meets the guidelines for hand or hold luggage. You should check with your airline how many and what size bags you can take on the plane with you, but most airlines will accept them as personal items. For example, Ryanair will accept a small personal bag, as long as it fits under the seat in front of you and doesn't exceed their maximum measurements. Likewise, British Airways will accept bags if they fit into the baggage gauge at check-in, meet the weight limit, and are able to be lifted into the overhead cabin by yourself.
As with all hand luggage, your tote bag should be able to fit all of your plane ride essentials. This might include your passport and other identification, mobile phone, earphones and other electronics, medication, glasses or contact lenses, a book, hand sanitizer, neck pillow, comfortable clothes, snacks and drinks.* Whatever it is, your tote should fit it — just make sure to leave room for those duty-free goodies!
* Note that there are restrictions on the amount of liquids you can take in your hand luggage. Liquids include water, water or semi-liquid foods, cosmetics & toiletries, sprays, pastes and gels. For full guidance, please refer to the government website.
But Is My Tote Durable Enough?
And if you're wondering if your tote is durable enough - it is! We know our biodegradable totes can hold at least six bottles of wine, 35kg of weights, and ten large bricks without breaking. This means it'll almost definitely be able to handle your carry-on bits and bobs, and those duty-free goodies we made you save space for.
Stylish, practical, customisable, reusable, cost-efficient and recyclable, there isn't much that a tote can't do! So, take your seat and fasten your seatbelts, and enjoy your flight with your trusty tote by your side.
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