Beach Shades That Fit in a Carry-On

Good news! There are beach shades that fit in carry-on luggage, be that a suitcase or backpack. As mentioned in my guide on how to choose a beach shade, the packed size of the shade is an important consideration. When travelling to a beach destination by air, finding a beach shade that can be packed for air travel is a must.

A bright orange suitcase placed on a sandy beach.
Packing for the beach with just a carry-on? No problem!

Photo by Claudia Altamimi on Unsplash

As many airlines are now charging additional fees for checked baggage, the most cost-effective way to travel to a destination now often means that only carry-on baggage can be used. This means adhering to carry-on baggage size and weight restrictions.

Carry-on baggage size allowances vary between airlines. In general, a carry-on bag is:

22in x 14in x 9in

Check with your airline to confirm the exact size and weight allowed for carry-on. For the purposes of this article, I will work with the above dimensions.

Carry-On Sized Beach Shades

Working with the size limitation above, these are the beach shades that I’ve found that should fit.

ProductTypeAdvertised Packed Size
Beach Tent16.9″ x 4″ x 4″
3.5 lbs
Beach Tent17″ x 6″ x 7″
4 lbs
Beach Canopy
(9 ft x 9 ft)
19.5″ x 6″ x 6″
6.5 lbs
Beach Canopy
(7ft x 7ft)
19.5″ x 4″ x 4″
4 lbs
Beach Tent14.5″ x 5″ x 5″
4 lbs
Beach Canopy
(10 ft x 10 ft)
16″ x 7″ x 7″
9 lbs
Beach shade options for a Carry-On

There are, of course, additional options, however hopefully the above gives you a good starting point.

Due to their typical length, I was not able to find any beach umbrellas that would fit inside a carry-on bag. However, as they are quite thin, inquire with your airline about bringing an umbrella on as a carry-on luggage item. Some airlines may allow this as they would easily fit in an overhead bin.

A typical beach cabana tent is also too large to be taken as a carry-on. If a very large beach shade option is needed offering the type of shade that a beach cabana tent provides, consider contacting your beach destination to see if renting one may be possible. It might be more convenient to rent a very large beach shade at your destination than bringing one with you.

Be safe in the sun!

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