Druk Air is the only carrier servicing Bhutan. It places strict and rigid restrictions on the amount of luggage and size of your baggage that its passengers can carry to the country. Here are some important luggage and baggage rules to keep in mind while traveling to Bhutan:
- It is advisable to book bulky items ahead of the time as unaccompanied baggage because Druk Air aircrafts have limited space for large bags and airline employees may refuse to load large pieces of luggage into the aircraft because of the space problem.
- Druk Air limits the weight of luggage for Bhutan visitors to 20 kg or 44 lbs. Business class travelers may carry 30 kg or 66 lbs of luggage with them.
- It is advisable to keep your luggage to the limit specified by the airlines and it is best to carry less.
- The luggage exceeding the limit will be listed as standby and will be loaded on the next flight for extra payment and charges.
- The best way to pack is to have one small suitcase and a smaller carry-on with you, as the over-head storage in the air cabin is very limited.
- A hard suitcase can do for a cultural tour but if you are constantly moving during your stay in Bhutan, a soft bag is much more versatile, lighter and easier to pack and load into the luggage space of a vehicle.
- Travelers who are looking forward to do trekking and sightseeing in Bhutan, will find a strong duffel bag useful to keep their luggage along with a small rucksack, a backpack or a waist pack to keep essential items like camera, water bottle and torch.