Europe Forums

Post New Topic

Recent Activity

View all Europe activity »
  1. 1 Paris---baguette question???
  2. 2 Europe in the Winter for a week
  3. 3 Visiting Spain in January
  4. 4 road trip from Dover to see the English countryside and castes
  5. 5 Best European Cities for Walking Challenged
  6. 6 Bologna, Florence, Venice 5 days
  7. 7 1 way ticket
  8. 8 Chip and Sign credit cards usage in europe
  9. 9 French immersion courses in France
  10. 10 Suggestions for Drive to Milan
  11. 11 Scenic Driving Routes
  12. 12 pareja de hecho in Spain
  13. 13 How beautiful is Lisbon compared to other european ciites?
  14. 14 15 days in Europe starting and ending in Amsterdam
  15. 15 Looking for the Holy Grail... in a Tour of Italy
  16. 16 Venice - suggestions for hotels just after Easter - mid-April 2017.
  17. 17 For Swiss Alps/Zermatt fans
  18. 18 Trip Report Puglia & Matera in photos
  19. 19 Car Rentals
  20. 20 Spain and Portugal - when to Go
  21. 21 Trip Report Two Capitals of Central Europe and an Interlude in Frankfurt
  22. 22 What type of visa is right for me?
  23. 23 Need help with train service Bologna, Rimini, Rome
  24. 24 First time trip to Ireland - 6 nights
  25. 25 Trip Report The Princess Diaries: My Three Week Odyssey In Poland And Romania
View next 25 » Back to the top

I Survived 10 days in Europe with Carry-on Luggage.

Jump to last reply

I am a great follower of this forum, always reading the posts about traveling to Europe with carry-on luggage only. We are planning a 3 week trip in late September and have numerous flights and I dreaded the possibility of misplaced luggage or carting large suitcases around on public transportation.
When my DH and I found out we would be traveling to Paris and London for 10 days in August I reread posts and started making lists, packed and unpacked numerous times and finally decided this shorter trip would be a fantastic way to see if it could be done with carry-on only!!!
I am a habitual overpacker, so it was difficult for me to pack my 19" roll-on without stuffing it to the brim with clothes and shoes I may or may not wear. I left behind the blowdryer, straightening iron, multiple hair products, extra "just in case" outfits and went with the basics. I knew we would need to do some laundry along the way so I took lightweight tops and bottoms that I knew would dry overnight. My DH also had a 20" carry-on and the problem he has is that size 12 shoes always take up so much room. He packed sandals and wore his heavier shoes on the flight.
We each carried a backpack with cameras, computer, travel info, books, ipods, and rain gear. I left my purse at home and only took a small travel purse that fit in my backpack.
It was a fantastic way to get in and out of the airports quickly, no long lines and people pushing and shoving as they waited for the luggage to arrive and we were able to move through the subways and underground equally as fast.
I want to thank all the fellow forum posters who convinced me it was worth a try. Now on to the next challenge: 21 days in Turkey, Croatia and Italy with no checked luggage !!!!

198 Replies | Jump to bottom Add a Reply
198 Replies |Back to top

Sign in to comment.