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How Much Luggage Fits in a Limo?

(Last Updated On: April 19, 2019)

Business Class Sedan

Sedans seat 3-4 passengers. Vehicle luggage capacities are based on the most common maximum size checked luggage allowed by airlines. You can get this number by adding the total outside dimensions of your bag, length + width + height, including handles and wheels. A single piece of luggage should have a maximum dimension of around 62 in/158 cm and a maximum weight of 50 lbs/23 kgs. For example, a suitcase that is 27″ x 21″ x 14″ (62 linear inches) and weighing 50 lbs would be considered one piece of luggage.

Typical sedans carry 3 Large or 4 carry-on luggage. Sometimes 4 large depending on the vehicle. (Sedan trunks have gotten smaller over time unfortunately and airport service is better accommodated with an SUV)

SUV’s

SUV’s have larger seating space and luggage capacity with a 4 wheel drive that never fails in adverse weather conditions.
Different combinations of people and luggage can be accommodated when the third-row seats are folded down. With the 3rd row seats down an SUV can fit approximately 76 cubic feet of luggage.
And if you have a really large amount of luggage, all seats can be folded down to carry up to a 120 cubic feet of luggage. With all the seats down, only one passenger can ride and you would have to reserve a second SUV to carry any other passengers.

6 Passengers with 6 Large suitcases and 3 small
4 Passengers with up to 8 Large suitcases and 4 carry-ons.

I’ll Also Be Traveling With Carry-On Luggage

Please remember that the guidelines above are only intended as a reference point. If you are traveling with a combination of checked and carry-on luggage (example: 2 checked and 2 carry-on luggage), there should be no need to upgrade to a bigger vehicle as long as they take up a comparable amount of space. Simply book your reservation for its maximum number of luggage so the driver will know that his trunk must be empty. However, if you will have one or two pieces of luggage that will or might exceed your vehicle’s trunk capacity we recommend reserving the next biggest vehicle.

Can’t I Just Put The Additional Luggage In the Back or Front Seat?

All luggage must fit in the trunk otherwise the driver has the right to refuse the ride. Aside from personal bags (handbags, briefcases, laptops, small backpacks, etc.), luggage is not allowed in the interior of the vehicle. Mostly, this is for safety reason, but we also consider the fact that no matter how careful you are, there is always a possibility that your luggage may somehow damage the vehicle’s interior. These vehicles are privately owned by our affiliated drivers and are the source of their livelihood. Just as they must consider the condition in which you will receive the vehicle, they must also consider their next passenger.

Should a driver refuse a ride due to luggage exceeding capacity, the driver will still have to be paid for showing up. Please call our office to find out the availability, cost, and estimated wait time of a bigger vehicle. To avoid delaying your trip, please be sure to book an appropriately sized vehicle.

Can I Reserve a Standard Sedan and Add a Note Requesting an SUV?

Unfortunately no. We cannot just have an SUV on standby without the driver being paid for it, and we cannot overstuff the sedan’s to pack in excess luggage. The standard sedan is offered at a discount due to the greater flexibility it allows in fulfilling your reservation and such requests defeat that purpose. Also, drivers can refuse a standard reservation when it is evident a larger vehicle should have been reserved and you exceed the 4 passengers/4 luggage capacity – and if they do try to accommodate you, your reservation will be charged the SUV rate regardless.

Oversized Items

Certain oversized items will require that you upgrade to a larger vehicle. These items include, but aren’t limited to:

  • Skis
  • Snowboards
  • Surfboards
  • Strollers (if also traveling with more than two luggage)
  • Oversized musical instruments

These items generally require you to reserve an SUV if you have suitcases to go along with them.

Luggage Packing Tips

Packed Suitcase

The key to packing well is packing light – if you don’t really need it, don’t take it

The key to packing well is packing light. Reducing the amount of space your luggage takes up will ensure that luggage space is not a concern when booking your airline or ground transportation. Here are some expert tips on how to pack light from a “master packer”:

1. Choose the Right Size Bag

If you are travelling with carry-on luggage, ensure your bag fits in the plane’s overhead bin with minimal shoving. Check with your airline to get the exact measurements for carry-on luggage. If you’re travelling with checked baggage, ensure that your suitcases also fit the airline’s guidelines and size restrictions, especially their maximum weight. Be aware that you will be charged if your case is too heavy. Most airlines also charge for checked baggage for flights within your country and for international flights they usually let you take one free bag and charge you for any additional. That is why it is a good idea to reduce the number things that you carry with you.

2. Fold and Roll Your Clothes to Take Up Less Space

Folding and rolling your items of clothing makes them less dense and will take up less space than traditionally folding them. The added advantage of rolling your clothing is that it comes out less wrinkled when you unpack it. If your clothes take up more than one-third of your bag, then it’s likely that you have packed too much.

3. Plan to Wash Clothes While You Travel 

Washing your clothing while you are away is a great way to save space and ensure you have enough clothes for your entire trip. Most hotels have laundry services available or a laundromat near by. If you’re staying in an Airbnb or vacation rental those also usually have laundry facilities that you can use. Be sure to check before you travel though.

4. Ask Yourself If You Really Need That

Take a look at each item that you are packing and ask yourself if you really need that before you put it into your suitcase. Repeat this to yourself constantly as you pack. The unknown of traveling can make people want to surround themselves with familiar items. However, the truth usually is you don’t need all those items, and they’ll just take up extra space.

Before you put an item into your suitcase, ask yourself if you really need it

Important Tips for Packing for Domestic Flights

Before you travel domestically ensure you have:

  • Flight Information
  • Valid Identification (Driver’s License, Government Issued Photo ID)
  • Carry-on Baggage: ensure it meets the size restrictions and that you only have gels and liquids less than 100mL. The gels and liquids must be stored in a zip-lock bag.
  • Checked Baggage: each bag must be 50 lbs or less or it will be subjected to extra fees.

Important Tips for Packing for International Flights

Before you travel internationally ensure you:

  • Have your valid passport and extra copies of it with you
  • Register with your embassy if traveling overseas
  • Have local currency with you; especially a few smaller bills for when you first arrive for taxis, etc.
  • Make sure your credit card will work in the country you’re visiting
  • Bring proper adapters
  • Activate your phone’s global capabilities
  • Pack a change of clothes in your carry-on
  • Bring snacks, but no meat or fresh fruit and vegetables