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My crazy husband wants to pack in carry ons for NW England and London trip for 2 weeks ! Is he insane? Help!

My crazy husband wants to pack in carry ons for NW England and London trip for 2 weeks ! Is he insane? Help!

Jul 19th, 2007, 05:12 PM
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We are fling from San Diego to Toronto then to Manchester. WE will not be flying into Heathrow. We will travel by train from NW England to London. I will check on the carry-on size. We are flying Air Canada and returning on US Airways. Does the space allotment change in First class? We are flying back in First class. Gotta love those miles baby!!
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Jul 19th, 2007, 05:12 PM
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Correcton we "flying" fling.
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Jul 19th, 2007, 05:20 PM
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So does this mean you first have to get from Manchester Airport to Manchester train station to catch the train, and that the train leaves 2 hours after your scheduled touchdown time?

If so, I have to agree with no carry-ons, particularly with the combination of Air Canada and UK airports.

I think you are given a more generous allotment in First Class, but not sure how that works for award tickets.
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Jul 19th, 2007, 05:59 PM
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Thankyou. Thankyou! All of the info I have gotten is invaluable. Just to remind later readers, we are doing a home-exchange in NW England and traveling to London for part of our trip by train. We fly into Manchester. We are getting close to the departure date, Monday July 23rd. Thanks for all the great advice and help. You guys are awesome. Tell you about our trip when we get home. Any other input will still be greatly appreciated! Tina
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Jul 19th, 2007, 06:01 PM
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Linda, Thanks for the list!!
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Jul 19th, 2007, 06:45 PM
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Your husband sounds a bit nutty. WHY is he insisting on creating such pressure? Yes, there are many things you can purchase abroad but the likelihood of your bags being lost isn't very high and you will win a medal if you can pull this off with a 13 year-old daughter!

Question: We are taking a cruise that has 2 formal nights,2 dressy nights and 3 casual evenings, 2 days at sea and 4 days of touring. I cannot see how I can get by with less than a carry on tote and a real suitcase that needs to be checked (also need a folded bag for purchases). Anybody out there with a great idea????
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Jul 19th, 2007, 07:11 PM
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lflaster: Cruisers tend to think they must pack a ton of stuff. If that is what you want to do - great. BUT, "cruise-formal" does not require a steamer trunk. I once took a 3 week trip to the UK that included a FORMAL event (long white gloves and the whole nine yards - an event in the presence of Her Majesty the Queen), a week in London, a week in Kent, and a week hiking in Rutland -- all in a 22 inch rollaboard and normal sized handbag.

You personally may not want to travel light - but to say "the likelihood of your bags being lost isn't very high" has not read much about BA's current problems. Because more people are checking more luggage than ever before, and the high load factors - LOTS of luggage is lost/delayed. %-wise isn't huge but 1 -3 suitcases per flight are lost/delayed (8.8 per 1000 passengers in the States and more overseas)
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Jul 19th, 2007, 07:21 PM
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My only advice for you is "Chico's". We just got home from a cruise, and Chico's Travelers' pants, tops, and various jackets were all I wore. Throw in a pashmina, and you are set.

Have a great time!
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Jul 19th, 2007, 07:26 PM
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My DH (dumb husband) and I always travel with just one carry-on each.
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Jul 19th, 2007, 07:32 PM
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Just be sure that your husband included a jacket in whatever luggage you end up taking--he'll need the jacket for tea at the Ritz.
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Jul 19th, 2007, 08:21 PM
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We went on a cruise similiar requirements last Spring. Just be aware that "formal", "fancy" is very subjective! We went to a "formal" night and there were people in gowns and tuxs, along people in nice dresses and sport coats. They won't kick you off the ship if you don't measure up! Bring one or two great Black dresses 3/4 length , one low and one fancy pair of shoes,and 2 or 3 scarves, wraps and costume jewelery.Pile on the heels, jewelery and scarves on formal night and do just minimal on other nights. People only really worry about what they are wearing, not others. Have you DH bring a dark sport coat, one dark tie ,one light tie and one white dress shirt, along with 2 slighty casual shirts that go with the jacket.The good thing about a cruise is usually the formal nights are not in a row , so people forget what you wear. Plus, if you are a great conversationalist noone cares what you are wearing at the moment! Have Fun!
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Jul 20th, 2007, 01:45 PM
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Tina, the first class cabin will allow a heavier bag (don't remember exactly but nobody ever weighed anything of ours), plus they will hang up your coat(s). I wore a blouse, sweater, suit jacket and down coat on the plane. They hung up the jacket and the coat, and I kept the sweater. I don't think that would have worked in coach. (Thank God for FF miles!)
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Hi, Tinabina,

We also always travel with just carry-on luggage, to save time and for the peace of mind. Mostly I just refuse to deal with a significant possibility of lost/delayed luggage. DH strongly agrees.

In May'06 my DH and I and our two fashion-conscious daughters, then 18 and 15, went on a 17-day trip to Spain, Israel and Paris, which included a wedding, with one carry-on each. We did have a washer and dryer for a part of the trip and did minimal washing by hand elsewhere. I think the possibility of lost or delayed luggage resonated well with the girls and they managed to pack everything very efficiently and did not complain. We would do it again.

I think it was also reinforced by my daughter's subsequent choir trip to Spain last March, when everyone had to check their luggage and half the group's luggage arrived 4 to 10 days late.
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Jul 20th, 2007, 05:31 PM
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tinabina, I hope you have a great time in my area (Wirral, that is)! I'm intrigued to know what brought you here though!

On a good day/evening make sure you go to Sheldrakes restaurant overlooking the River Dee, very close to you.
We were there a couple of evenings ago having a few drinks, and it was beautiful watching the sun go down. Haven't eaten there yet, but seemed very popular with locals.

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Jul 20th, 2007, 05:45 PM
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Another nice pub/restaurant not far away

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Jul 20th, 2007, 05:57 PM
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and another nice pub/restaurant very close to where you are staying

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Jul 20th, 2007, 06:09 PM
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If you are transiting in a UK airport then you can have ONE carry on per person.

We had a Bosch washer/dryer in our apartment in Rome this May and it took about 2.5 hours for a small load to complete. Maybe the one in the UK is faster.

Also, once you put the clother in the front-loader door locked until the wash/dry cycle was complete.
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Jul 20th, 2007, 07:23 PM
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Yes! It can be done. My husband and I took carry-on luggage on a 16 day trip to Italy two years ago. In the Summer, it is easier as clothes are lighter and smaller. Plus, with the new liquid regulations, you can only pack smaller toiletry items. I packed 1 pr. shorts, 3 pr. capris, 4 tops, and 1 light jacket for cool weather. They all matched with each other so I never wore the same outfit twice! Pack a more dressier pr. of capris and you'll be fine. You can even pack three different style of outfits (slacks, skirt, etc) and make it work, since you will have a W&D. I was soooo glad to not have a ton of luggage when we went on the trains. It was worth it.

On the trip home, however, we did buy an extra smaller suitcase to put our "treasures" in, and checked the luggage.

Good luck!
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