Ready for an overseas golf holiday, chasing waves at a peeling reef break or simply taking the family overseas for the first time? Yes? Then lucky you, but you probably have some questions about taking some of that ‘bulky luggage’, or on other words your prized golf clubs, surfboard and pram, with you. Here’s the low down on travelling with bulky or nonstandard items on Singapore Airlines.

Basically non-standard items can be checked in as part of your free baggage allowance but restrictions do apply in terms of weight and size. Items that are too large or too heavy will need to be sent separately using a cargo service.

Sporting equipment

Most sporting equipment counts towards your free baggage allowance and can be checked in. This includes golf clubs, scuba diving equipment, surfboards, skis and bicycles. Surfboards of ‘normal length’ are accepted as baggage but if your board is longer than 2.7 meters check with Singapore Airlines before you travel. If you exceed your total baggage weight limit charges will apply

Singapore Airlines can’t accept any items weighing more than 32 kgs as checked baggage. If your gear weighs more than 32 kgs, it will need to be sent as cargo. Contact Singapore Airlines Cargo (a subsidiary of Singapore Airlines) for more information.

Make sure your gear is well packed. A hard travel case for your golf clubs is highly recommended as is a proper surfboard travel bag. Bicycles will need to be disassembled and packed in bicycle bags.

If you want to take firearms as sporting equipment, you’ll need to check directly with Singapore Airlines as special conditions apply.

Musical equipment

The majority of musical instruments, such as violins, guitars and so on, can be checked in or carried on board. Just like sporting equipment, musical instruments count towards your free baggage limit. If your total baggage weight exceeds your limit then charges will apply.

Restrictions apply to large musical instruments like cellos. You can check them in but you can’t bring them as carry on. If you don’t want to check them in you can buy an extra seat for your musical instrument. Flight staff will supply extra belts to secure your item in the seat.

Musical instruments can be no larger than 127cm tall by 45 cm wide and no heavier than 40 kg. Please note that double bases exceed these limits and is not allowed on board.

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Equipment for infants and children

Infants can bring one piece of baggage that is no bigger in sum of the length, width and height of 158cm. The weight of that one piece of luggage allowed depends on the destination so check with Singapore Airlines before you fly.

Families travelling with infants can also check in a fully collapsible stroller, buggy or pushchair and a carry-cot or car seat for free.

You can bring an inflight convertible seat for your child that converts into leg rests as long as manufacturer instructions are followed. You can only use these in window seat or in the middle seat of the aisle section. Your child must also be able to fasten the seat belt under their arms when using. Children under the age of two will need to be removed from the convertible inflight bed and securely fastened with their seat belt when the seat belt light is on. These travel seats also count towards your free baggage limit.

If you want to take a bulky item, and you’re not sure that it fits in the above criteria check directly with Singapore Airlines. Happy travels.


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