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Carry On Luggage Only - How Many Do It?

Old May 10th, 2003, 04:49 PM
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Lolly--you can check out Rick Steves at He has a travel website too, but not as good as this one (IMO).

Janis--he probably DOES wear the same thing all the time...that's one of the advantages of being a women--we can change our scarfs! (I'll admit, I got tired of black, but I'd still opt for going with only a carry on.)
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Old May 10th, 2003, 05:01 PM
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As much as I can, carry on only. I did a week in London during December with only a carry on. We flew non-rev so we didn't want to take a chance with our luggage.
Old May 10th, 2003, 05:14 PM
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I always carry on for trips of 5 days or less...unless it's Christmastime (gotta bring those gifts for the family) or if my travel companion is checking luggage (If I have to wait around anyway, why carry it on?)
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Old May 11th, 2003, 11:48 AM
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I went with a group to China for two weeks. One couple made a big deal of how they were Carry On Only (COO).

While the rest of us were having all our bags carried by a porter, they were carrying their bags. It didn't take long before they were checking their's as well.

I haven't seen a time in a long time where I had to wait more than a few minutes to get my luggage from baggage claim. I hate more having to wrestle with a bag in the cramped quarters of the plane.

I figure the baggage people are doing most of the work--I might as well take everything I need to be comfortable. Doesn't cost any extra.
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Old May 11th, 2003, 12:28 PM
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I like to take on board a small, manageable carry-on, so if my luggage is lost or delayed, I'll have my essentials, and check the rest.

The new restrictions are actually a relief to me; my husband always insisted that we carry on as much as possible, which pre-911 meant wrestling at least a couple rather large suitcases. The one time I convinced him to check all our luggage, most of it was delayed,the bag that did arrive was damaged, and he got in an argument with the rude baggage dept. So back to carry-on .... but at least it's lighter!
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Old May 12th, 2003, 06:40 AM
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Unless you can pack light, check your bag! I too am tried of getting a bonked on the head by a suitcase the minute the flight lands. I only take essentials in a backpack that fits under the seat, check the rest.
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Old May 12th, 2003, 06:45 AM
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travel with kids,check the bags. Travel alone or with just my wife,carry them on.
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Old May 12th, 2003, 07:06 AM
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We always said we would try and did not have the opportunity until last month, when we went to Vegas for 4 days. We got regulation sized bags (up to 22", but check with the airline ahead). We each brought one 22" and one add'l smaller carry on. It was delightful!
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Old May 12th, 2003, 07:37 AM
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I'm with Connie. Part of your airfare includes the cost of the airline handling your bags. Why lug that stuff all over the airport when they'll do it for you? I'd much rather take a liesurely stroll to my gate without hauling luggage with me.

Try it, you'll like it!
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Old May 12th, 2003, 08:01 AM
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A couple things that will help you pack lighter:

1) use the jumbo size zip lock bags. They keep like items organized (i.e., underwear) and also compress bigger items (ski suit).

2) bring stuff you don't like and pitch it along the way. This will make room for anything you buy without having to worry about space in your suitcase.

3) if you're so inclined, buy clothes that are made with quick dry fabrics. I have some shirts that are made for hikers. I can wash them out and they dry instantly.
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Old May 12th, 2003, 08:21 AM
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I can understand the lure of carrying on everything. I always carry on what I would absoultely need if my luggage was lost for two days. Those of you who lug those 22" "regulation" bags, please remember the overhead bins are for everyones' use. I'm also a little tired of having my stuff either jammed in behind your bag or back 12 rows because you've taken three times the space most of us use.
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Old May 12th, 2003, 08:21 AM
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I always carry on if I have a connection.
On direct flights it depends on the routing. If there's a chance of jumping on an earlier flight I will not check the bags.
Tomorrow I head to Canada and since there is no other direct flights to Montreal, I will check my bags... why hassle with it.
I always take a totes duffle which folds into a tiny package in case I buy a bunch of stuff.
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Old May 12th, 2003, 08:47 AM
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I generally check everything except a few essentials and whatever I'm bringing to occupy myself on the plane. I still pack light, but I much prefer not to have to lug my stuff all over the airport and onto the plane. My trips are much more enjoyable that way, and it makes going through security so much easier.

Only once have I had a problem with my checked luggage not making it to my destination when I did. That was a pain, but the airline brought it to my hotel the next day, so it wasn't too big of an inconvinience. I always take a few essentials in a small carryon just in case this happens.
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Old May 12th, 2003, 09:10 AM
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I've only had one time that my luggage was lost, and that was almost 20 years ago. I travel much more now and have never had a problem with lost luggage - and that was with some very short connection times!

However, I've done both. I used to always check bags until I saw some postings here from Fodorites. I read all the websites and took all the suggestions. Then for a long weekend for a wedding in Texas, I took only carryon and a purse. It totally SUCKED! I was one of the last ones on the plane on one flight, and the flight attendant had to put my bad way in the back of the plane. When I reached my destination, I had to wait for the entire plane to disembark before retrieving my bag. Time lost there! (AND I found out that all the folks in the back of the plane stow their carryon in the front bins, so they can grab as they pass by. Meanwhile, I'm sitting up front, last to board, and I'm stuck. Talk about inconsideration.

As well, when I reached Denver with my carryon and purse, the flight had been delayed and we were given food vouchers to get lunch. Yeah. That was a treat. Trying to work my way through a deli line, then walk around the airport with a sandwich, drink, purse, and rolling a suitcase!

Not anymore. I check my bags now, even if I only take the smaller ones. Too much hassle to use carryon and for the only reason of saying, "I can pack for 6 months using only a backpack." Yeah, and so what?

As for waiting at baggage claim, I've only had one wait that was 10 minutes long. The rest of the time, my bags are usually there by the time I am. Heck, after waiting for all those folks to push, pull, and drag their carryon luggage out of the overhead bins and get off the plane, a quick trip to the restroom to freshen up, and I'm at the carousel by the time my bags are. I find I end up reading my book as I stand in the aisle waiting for people to struggle with their luggage - or at least when they don't nail me with it!
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Old May 12th, 2003, 09:31 AM
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We always do carry ons, especially for longer trip, most recently 2 weeks in South America. We generally have active trips where we move quite a bit and lost luggage could possibly be a huge problem since it might never catch up with us. Worst experience was a 4 day resort stopover in Hawaii after a 3 week trip through Asia. Checked luggage was found and sent to us on our last day there.
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Old May 12th, 2003, 10:14 AM
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Just remember, LADIES, that if you can't lift it over your head, don't assume that the person nearby will help. Chivalry ends where the cabin doors begin.
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Old May 12th, 2003, 10:25 AM
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Jason, I so agree with that. I was on a flight one afternoon where this woman asked me to help her put her carry on in the overhead bin. She said it was too heavy and she didn't want to hurt her back. I told her no because I didn't want to hurt my back, signaled for the flight attendent who then checked the bag to cargo. Not only was it heavy but oversized. Needless to say the woman was pissed at me and the FA. This was pre September 11th.
Old May 12th, 2003, 10:58 AM
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I have a similar story which caused me to change my mind forever when it comes to helping other passengers toss their overstuffed shaggage in the overhead bins. I was a pre-9-11 flight from IAD to SFO and was placed in steerage because it was not a company paid trip. This little woman was in front of me, about 40 years old, hair and makeup way too overdone for the journey, and obviously had no business wearing what she was wearing. She gets to her seat which was right behind mine and proceeds to open the overhead bin. Before even attempting to lift her whale-egg of a suitcase, she asks if I cna do it for her. I assumed it was because of my good loooks and athletic physique, so I didn't hesitate. After about a second later, mid flight from the floor to the overhead bin, I thought I had a hernia or something, but still managed to stuff her bag o' hell into the bin after crushing it at least 3 inches so it would fit. Fellow passengers were gawking as I squeezed a watermelon into the space of an orange (another problem I have but that's another story...). When I finally parked the Titanic, she said thanks with a little smile and sat down. Mid flight, she got up and decided she had left something in her bag, perhaps her brain, and unzipped it and slid her hand in the pocket, blindly reaching for something. I knew this because her knee kept hitting the back of my seat. When she did find what she was looking for; a hairbrush, it had been flattened to the point where it looked more like a duster. Apparently it was expensve because she began to verbally assault me for crushing her expensive "Follicular enhancer". I tried not to make a scene but she kep speaking in a condescending tone behind my seat like, "well if SOMEONE hadn't pushed so hard, I'd still have my brush. Who knows what else is broken in there..."
To that, I quickly turned around and gave her a right hook and introduced her to my fist. Just kidding. I politely said, "if you hadn't packed your mother in there for the free ride, maybe your nappy weave-comber would still be a nappy weave comber instead of a toothbrush" My sarcasm did not get through to her. Needless to say, it was a really long flight and after a few drinks, a kicking on my seat felt like a massage.
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Old May 12th, 2003, 11:28 AM
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Come on Jason,tell us the watermelon/orange story as well.
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Old May 12th, 2003, 11:42 AM
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WEll, it's rather personal, but if you reaaally wanna know.....
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