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Please reassure me about our luggage in the rental car!

Apr 23rd, 2007, 10:52 AM
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It would probably be easier to use the smaller suitcase and an overnight bag to account for the purchases. You have more flexibility for loading the car. Also, you can carry the second bag on top of the rollerboard, over your shoulder or as a handbag.

Another option is to buy an inexpensive bag for the trip home. I did that to accomodate a cast iron flying pig I bought for a friend on my last trip - the bag cost about $10 and I only had to deal with it on the trip home.
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Apr 23rd, 2007, 10:58 AM
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a cast iron flying pig?? love it.
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Apr 23rd, 2007, 11:29 AM
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I'd have the merchant ship the cockoo clock to your home and not put it in checked bags at all. The VAT would come off the top and that would pay a good portion of the shipping/insurance charges.
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Apr 23rd, 2007, 11:56 AM
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We took three other couples with us to Italy last fall and I would not allow anything larger than a 22" and a daypack....and this was for almost 3 weeks. (BTW the Rick Steves' tours have this kind of luggage limit also.)

(On my first couple of trips to Europe a couple of decades ago, I carried way too much. I have consistenly reduced what I take and carry quick dry clothes I can wash myself.)
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Apr 23rd, 2007, 12:19 PM
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As to a small bag plus a tote vs a large bag: definitely easier to fit into the trunk. A small bag can always go in the side, or under the back window shelf, etc, after the larger ones are in. Much more flexible, and still gives you plenty of "carry space".

Truly, if you were just getting on the plane and checking into one hotel, I'd say take as much as you want. But for traveling around and having to schlepp the bags several times, smaller is easier. (Also, imagine that you can lift two small bags, one at a time, with ease. One large one can be too heavy to lift iwthout assistance.)
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Apr 23rd, 2007, 12:31 PM
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Nycgirl1 - yeah, I had a choice between a lightweight porcelain pig and the cast iron one and I only thought "the cast iron pig can't break"... I forgot to consider the weight issue. As it was, I was overweight with that suitcase, but the check in lady was nice and "spread out" the weight between the two bags for me.

I agree with Tom wholeheartedly on the two bags. I took a 29" suitcase one year and had a heck of a time getting it in and out of the trunk - it was too big to pick up easily. The next year I went with the 24" and a backpack and was much happier (that was the year of the pig).
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Apr 23rd, 2007, 03:34 PM
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i imagine you might be staying at quaint places in the countryside.. and there are no elevators, and we found most rooms were upstairs.

i also agree the large bag will prove cumbersome.

in fact, i like to leave my bag in the trunk and take out my "overnight necessities and next day´s clothes" in another light/soft bag to b+b's.
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Apr 23rd, 2007, 04:08 PM
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If I were buying a cuckoo clock, there's no way I'd put it in the cargo hold. I'd either ship it, as janisj suggests - have the merchant do it or mail it myself - or I'd carry it with me on the plane. I'd be too afraid it would end up matchsticks.
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Apr 23rd, 2007, 04:23 PM
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As a result of this thread, I tried what I preached...I just tried to pack my stuff for my 3 week trip in the smaller 22" bag (I have been planning on using the 24"). It worked.

I was able to fit the following:
2 dockers; 1 jeans
4 lightweight tops
1 cotton twill jacket
1 pajamas
21 pairs of undies
2 bras
10 pairs of socks
4 paperback books
several road maps
1 pair comfort sandals
1 medium sized toiletry case filled
1 folding tripod

I didn't have much room left over, but it did fit easily.

However, my down throw did not fit - as I get cold under hotel bedding, I like to take it, so I will take my 24" bag on my upcoming trip since I can easily do it. But I now know that I can slim down to 22" easily when needed.
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Apr 23rd, 2007, 04:41 PM
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21 pairs of undies but only 2 bras - yuk.

Cut the former drastically & add a few more bras - and learn how to handwash.

As for jeans, heavy, sweaty & a pain to dry when wet. Pick something else like wool trousers

And don't forget you'll be wearing some clothes so take them into account when packing
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Apr 23rd, 2007, 04:42 PM
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We shipped a clock and some other souveniers home directly from the shop. I think we paid about a $25 flat rate. We found a shop that had all sorts of stuff in it and did the bulk of our souvenier shopping there. Then a couple weeks later, a big box of goodies showed up at my office. Couldn't have been easier.

I also agree that if you can't fit everything you need to in a 22" rollerboard, add a small duffle rather than jumping up to a larger suitcase. You have more flexibility in the car and you can carry the duffle on the plane with a couple changes of clothes so if the other suitcase gets delayed, you are safe.
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Apr 23rd, 2007, 05:00 PM
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Alan - several of my tops have shelf bras built in; and I do handwash my bras during the trip, so it's not that yucky. I also did not count the outfit I'm wearing on the plane so that's one more pant, top, jacket and bra for wearing during the trip.

The jeans I take are lightweight (not heavy Levis) and don't take up any more room than the dockers and I like having them for more casual outings. I don't wear wool - it irritates my skin something horrible.

As for the undies, if I don't have to, I don't want to have to handwash them (I prefer machine washing them - it's a quirk of mine). I find 21 pairs of undies doesn't make or break my packing.

Other than the bras, I rarely do any washing during my trip and I like that.

As I mentioned, I can fit it all easily in a 22" rollerboard and it's not too heavy to carry easily, so why cut down any further? My logic, if it fits in the bag and you can carry it, then go ahead and take it.
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Apr 23rd, 2007, 05:06 PM
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It conjurs a vision of National Lampoon European Vacation movie with all the Griswald's luggage bouncing along on the roof of the car.
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Apr 23rd, 2007, 05:11 PM
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If you don't have a luggage store that sells small travel items, then go to www.minimus.biz and order what you need.

I always take tiny packets of Woolite. Ah, the charm of socks drying in the bathroom!
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Apr 23rd, 2007, 07:00 PM
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A packing note: just saw at Bed Bath and Beyond a kit of 10 or 12 plastic containers, all in a regulation size, collected together to show they fit in the required ziplock. Not a bargain at $10, but then they will cost at least that buying them individually.
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Apr 26th, 2007, 10:41 AM
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Attention, attention! I fit all of my stuff in a 22" suitcase! I thought there was no way it could be done, but mixing and matching will be key.

I'm so proud of myself. Wish us luck with the rental car situation - we're off to Germany tomorrow!!
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Apr 26th, 2007, 11:16 AM
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Good for you, Nycgirl1....now, just a reminder of those dreaded words that nobody here remembered to mention..and they are....

"or similar...."
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