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Sep 10th, 2011, 12:49 PM
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carrying military duffle bag

We will be on our way to SA in less than 2 weeks. We will need to take only carry-on due to luggage weight restrictions on a couple flights. Dh wants to take a duffle bag (because of shoulder straps) from the military surplus store. It is army green with the typical sprayed on lettering. I have read somewhere that some places, not sure which, do not allow civilians to wear camouflage/military clothing. That it is against the law? Do you think this would also apply to this type of duffle bag?
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Sep 11th, 2011, 01:52 AM
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www.onebag.com good tips alwyus wise for me to carry on

to save baggage fees and lost bags when young did a duffle

Duffles will work fine but you have to lug them everywhere

very tiring use a nice wheeled backpack these days

works better can pack it or roll it whichever is easiest...

Lots Better.. Happy Travels!
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Sep 11th, 2011, 07:53 AM
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If I recall the Micato rolling duffle bags are green. Maybe not military green (close though), and certainly not with such logo. So, military duffle is fine, just NOT TO BE WEARING camouflage clothing.

However, even with weight limits, you're both allowed a bag, so why to put all into one makes little sense, and if you'll be doing carryon the international flights, easier with two than one large bag.

Wheeled duffle bags are NOT recommended for the small internal flights as the bags are squished into under plane luggage space and can easily be damaged (handles, wheels, etc.). As most all international transfer airport have luggage carts available for free, easy enough to use these rather than worry about a wheeled bag.
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Sep 11th, 2011, 08:00 AM
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Thank you, both.
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Sep 11th, 2011, 08:18 AM
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We use two duffel bags and take one of these:

http://www.brookstone.com/compact-luggage-cart-folding

We just tie the two duffel bags and my backpack to it and off we go. Once past security, trolleys are not allowed, and some of the terminals are huge. It was very helpful when we had our heavy hippo on return!

I am more comfortable with neutrals, but luggage color doesn't matter.
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Sep 11th, 2011, 10:49 AM
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Full Military look-a-like clothing will raise questions. Casual clothing with a camouflage print (eg: camo cargo shirts etc) will not be a problem.

Your duffel will certainly not be a problem!
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Sep 11th, 2011, 10:54 AM
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Thanks. That is what I was wondering. His is a surplus military duffel.
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Sep 11th, 2011, 10:55 AM
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christabir, that's a good idea. LOL, I want to see a pic of this hippo you've mentioned. He must be amazing!
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Sep 11th, 2011, 03:07 PM
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Those luggage carts have been around for years... way before luggage came with wheels. Goodness... giving away my age What the flight crews used in the 70s & 80s. And, for sure you can find them for less than $50. Believe I have one in my closet and didn't pay more than $20 and shouldn't cost any more today. Many luggage shops carry these.
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Sep 12th, 2011, 12:41 PM
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What size is the duffle? Most carry-ons are restricted to 9" * 14" * 22" and duffles are usually thicker than 9". I think SAA also restricts carry-ons to 8kg (17.6 lbs.)
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Sep 12th, 2011, 02:45 PM
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For sure, carryon bags have to fit the "sizer" set up at check-in. If too large or heavy... goes into the belly!
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