Carry on luggage suggestions

Jul 13th, 2006, 12:49 PM
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Forgot to mention, I bought both my rolling suitcases (I have a smallish 22" and an expandable 24" which I alternate taking, depending on the type of trip, I normally check them thru)... point being they each came from TJ Maxx or Marshalls or JC Pennys on sale for ~$50 each. They've lasted for years.
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Jul 14th, 2006, 03:19 PM
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On a recent trip one member of my family used a 30" rolling duffel, the rest of us used rolling suitcases ranging 22"-25" in size. We all checked our bags on the plane.

The rolling duffle holds alot, but it really isn't necessary to have a bag that holds so much. You have to check anything above 22" anyway, (I believe most airlines enforce size restrictions, not too sure of how many enforce weight restrictions). The issue with the 30"duffel for us was that on Trenitalia trains it did not fit in the overhead space for luggage, and the larger luggage compartments at the ends of the train cars were already full by the time we boarded. Fortunately, we were able to wedge it between two train seats and the conductor didn't give us a hard time about it sticking out into the aisle a few inches...but he could have, and it was just a cumbersome size and shape in my opinion.

I was very happy with my 25" WAW, and my son did just fine with his 22". Wheels are much easier when going thru streets, airports, etc.

Just don't pack so much that your bag becomes too heavy to lift up and down stairs, on and off boats, etc.! That way my only problem
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Jul 14th, 2006, 05:09 PM
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Aside from the new restrictions, remember we all have to share the overhead bins - it's very disconcerting not to be able to find any room up there for your ONE bag because it's all been filled up by lots of rolling duffels and stuff by travelers trying not to check their bags. Just a reminder that we all need to fit on that cramped plane together...
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Jul 14th, 2006, 08:04 PM
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Aranda: I would definitely recommend having a separate day bag in addition to your rolling carry-on. You'll want something far smaller than the rolling carry-on when you go hiking, and when you visit sites during the day.
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Jul 17th, 2006, 06:58 AM
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I just wanted to clarify my intentions when I posted my initial question regarding suggestions for carry on pieces.

I want to thank Doxygal for reminding everyone to think of the convenience of other travelers when boarding. This has long been a concern of mine and although I have not traveled internationally in quite some time I do travel domestically and found crampted over head bins so often I now fly business or first class as this mode of travel seems to avoid some of that passenger abuse.

To that end when I posted my question it was never my intent to try to carry more on than anyone else, just my ONE piece allowed for the overhead (and one under the seat).

Thanks for the reminder and for all the helpful information!

Happy trails,

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