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

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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 !!!!

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