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2 wk trip to Europe, can you do it in carry on?

2 wk trip to Europe, can you do it in carry on?

Apr 4th, 2006, 08:10 PM
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That is an incredibly strict weight allowance---thanks for posting that. I wonder if other airlines will follow suit?
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Apr 4th, 2006, 08:23 PM
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My husband and I took carry on luggage on a 2 1/2 week trip to Europe (and all trips we take). You definately can do it and purchase a lot while you are there! We did spend two hours max doing laundry at a local laundrymat part way through our trip. We also did minor sink cleaning throughout the trip. It was well worth it with the trains, planes and automobiles! Carry on luggage is still bulky and heavy to lift and drag around.

My husband's parents just went to New York and they never got their checked luggage. That seems way worse than packing light!

Good luck!
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Apr 4th, 2006, 08:28 PM
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I can get all my stuff into a small duffle, but am now converting to a rolling 22",thanks to advice here and because I carried that duffle one too many times last time! Summer is the easiest, because I wear mostly lightweight capris, and skirts with tees that mix and match. Even in fall I bring lighter weight pants and wash if I need too. I think I could even pack lighter, but I get bored with the same clothes. Color coordination is key for me, and rebottling toilettries in small containers. I also have a mini blowdryer, and mini coffee maker that I take! (My biggest plus here, is that I don't take any big souveniers home.)Oh, I also take a small backback as my personal item, and it fits quite a few things in it too. I do have to say that I cannot remember ever taking anything I didn't wear! Last trip was the biggest challenge because I took my really think fleece pullover. The zipper was a little strained on the duffle that time!
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Apr 4th, 2006, 08:40 PM
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Funny you should mention Hades...It was over 105 degrees everyday in Rome when we were there last summer--and humid. You may need more clothes than you think, unless you love to do laundry every night (keep in mind things may not dry overnight due to the humidity). Also, to reiterate what Suze said--watch out for the weight of the carry-on bags--airlines are getting very fussy. I'd go w/a carry-on plus as small a checked bag as you can--maybe you can piggyback the two (w/special strap available at any luggage store)as you are schlepping from train to train.
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Apr 4th, 2006, 08:41 PM
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I wish I could remember the names of the 2 fodorite lady posters that found out that they lived in the same town [somewhere in the midwest, I think] and ended up going to Paris together for a shopping trip in winter of 2005 as I recall it.

Anyway one lady was a carryon only gal and the other was NOT but she managed to pare her normal packing down until she got there! There was quite a long thread on all this that was really funny and it fits in perfectly with what you are talking about. Does anybody remember this? lynda
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Apr 4th, 2006, 08:51 PM
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I don't remember that aspect, but it sounds like marcy and deirdre...
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Apr 4th, 2006, 09:04 PM
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Hi lyndash!
I think you're talking about me and my friend Deirdre -- "dln"
I'm the carry-on person. Yes it CAN be done!
Here are the threads about packing and about our trip:

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Apr 4th, 2006, 09:06 PM
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Hi Rex!
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Apr 4th, 2006, 09:49 PM
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peppermintpatti I'd love to hear what kind of mini-coffeemaker you bring.

We've gone for 2-1/2 weeks with one carryone (roller bag) and one "personal item" (totebag size) each, mostly flying on Delta, Air France, and the like; we haven't tried on these tougher airlines with more weight restrictions, though years ago the hubby's too-fancy and heavy roller bag was weighed and had to be checked on Aer Lingus.

However once on the return trip we checked a lightweight bag (putting gifts in the carryon and checking the grubby old clothes in the checked one),

We wash undies, socks, and shirts every 3-4 days and we air dry the slacks daily, all day or over night, maybe washing them once mid-trip.

We take the travelsmith or other microfiber underwear that are fast drying.

I take only relevant sections of the guidebooks and carefully selected ones, and only small mass-market books for reading.

As others have said here & elsewhere, I take neutrals--black, tan slacks and skirt, 3-4 white/colored tops, one lightweight nitie, ballet flats, walking sandals (summer), and black lace up walking shoes, and minimal toiletries etc., including a foldup hair iron.

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Apr 5th, 2006, 05:54 AM
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Hi ANNW! My coffee maker is from Brylanehome.com. I think I paid around $20, but they offer it every so often for free with purchase. It only makes one cup, but that works for us. I usually get up alot earlier than the rest, so make a cup for me, and then one for the hubby when he gets up. I don't even like to shower before at least one cup, so I don't like to depend on one being in the room!
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Apr 5th, 2006, 07:25 AM
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Except for Chicos, where do you buy these black clothes that fold up, don't wrinkle, you can wear all day, wear again, wash in the shower and hang dry and they look fresh all day? I have never seen these kind of durable clothes.

You all are truly amazing. What a learning experience to read this post. I could never be so organized as to put my whole life in one tiny little carry on. I want a few "mistakes" in my bag. NEVER know when you might need one. You know, the corkscrew, the flashlight, the little book light, the extra guide book for cafes, the umbrella, some warm clothes. Just don't have it in me to leave home without them. But I tip my hat to you brave travelers that do. Pretty amazing...thanks for all of you know how.
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Apr 5th, 2006, 07:31 AM
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Ira is correct - a small suitcase & in my case a small backpack. Not a problem. In the summer in Rome, it will be plenty hot. I'd take one pair of long pants (& probably never wear them), a comfortable pair of walking shoes & something somewhat 'dressy' that I also probably won't wear.
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Apr 5th, 2006, 07:35 AM
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REI is a great place to buy travel clothes & items. I purchased a travel shirt there years ago, it has a ton of pockets (including hidden ones)for paasports & such. You can roll up & button the sleeves. The collar can be rolled up, etc. I always wear it over my clothes & it really doubles as a windbreaker type jacket as well. I also have a similar pair of shorts which dry almost immediately, so they are great to use as a swimsuit also.
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Apr 5th, 2006, 07:37 AM
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Easy to do. Just take 1 days' worth of clothes with you, that way you will be "forced" to buy clothes Rome. Oh, the humanity!
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Apr 5th, 2006, 07:43 AM
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Heavens wrote, "I want a few "mistakes" in my bag. NEVER know when you might need one. You know, the corkscrew, the flashlight, the little book light, the extra guide book for cafes, the umbrella, some warm clothes."

This is certainly reasonable, but it comes at the price of packing light. Instead, I assume I will have great weather and don't pack an umbrella or rain gear (unless I'm headed to Ireland). If by chance I get bad weather I can always buy an umbrella in Europe.

Instead of taking an entire guidebook, rip out the pages for the places you know you will go and leave the rest of the book at home.

Instead of a sweater or jacket, assume you will have warm weather and leave them at home. If by chance it's chilly, think of the horror of shopping and buying a sweater in Rome or Milan.
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Apr 5th, 2006, 07:49 AM
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I take 2 pairs of slacks and one black skirt. The slacks are a poly rayon blend that are washable and look nice---I wear them to work and they have a nice crease and pockets and belt loops and look professional. One pair was landsend and one from talbots. you can wash them if needed and hang dry overnight. Wrinkle resistant cotton shirts are also great for looking crisp and yet able to wash out in sink and hang dry. add a couple of dark turtlenecks and you can look pulled together and still travel light---just make sure everything goes with everything else and you just mix and match your way through 2 weeks!!

Marcy it was you!! I thought it was a name with an 'M'. I loved that thread and then the following trip report. thanks...lynda
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Apr 5th, 2006, 07:53 AM
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I think it will very much depend on which airline you are flying. Air Canada had a recent change in their carry on policy so it is much stricter now. I met a couple recently that said they have always travelled with carry on only but are no longer able to do so because of the change in policy. I used to travel this way but find I enjoy my trip more if I have a few extra changes of clothes. We usually will do laundry once on a two week trip and wash socks and a few other items if we are staying a few nights in the same place. My main concern is lost lugguge so my husband and I divide our belongings and pack half in each suitcase in case one goes missing...at least we'll have some clothes.
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Apr 5th, 2006, 07:56 AM
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I always travel light to Europe in the summer. Don't bring a coat or jacket, just a light sweater and small rain unbrella. When I get home, I'm so sick of the clothes in my bag, I don't know whether I should wash them or throw them away.
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Apr 5th, 2006, 07:57 AM
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Don't buy gifts and presents until the last day of the trip. Even the duty free store at the airport at last resort.
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Apr 5th, 2006, 07:58 AM
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If you are flying from the United States to Europe, they probably will let you go over the weight allowance (carry on), however, if you are connecting in Europe for another flight, that is when they are more likely to say something. Smaller plane.
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