What do you "carry on?"

Oct 4th, 2007, 07:33 AM
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good reminder above from krnp.

ANYthing of monetary value or resale potential... jewelry, electronics, camera, prescription medications belongs with you on the plane, or left at home.

I consider my checked suitcase "open to inspection" and expect it to be riffled thru most trips these days (the TSA leaves a note).
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Oct 4th, 2007, 08:40 AM
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I travel extensively, and do usually carry-on for business - but I have a tiny 19 inch suitcase, and really know how to pack (includes make-up, etc). I carry my purse and laptop in a shoulder bag that really isn't very large. When I'm carrying my camera equipment - I check all my clothes, and just carry laptop and camera stuff in a tiny roll-on - it's about 17 inches. One thing, some airlines are going to the 1 bag rule unless you have status with them, or are flying business/first. I have seen people made to check excess baggage. AND - in London, even my tiny suitcase wouldn't make it through their checks - and it was the only thing I had!!! I would get either a backpack - or one of the small roll-ons (really do love those) for your "MUST" carry-ons, and check all your clothes....
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Oct 4th, 2007, 11:46 AM
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On recent trips to Florida and Hawaii, i was able to carry on one regular carry on size luggage plus a large over the shoulder bag. The rules are pretty vague as to what a "personal item" is. I thought of carrying a backpack, but i figured it would be safer to bring my shoulder bag since its more like a purse, which is officially listed as a personal item! As long as you dont have liquids you should be just fine!
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Oct 4th, 2007, 02:26 PM
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Although I could easily pack everything into something I could carry on for most trips, it's that pesky liquids/aerosol restriction that means I either have to check something or trust finding something I consider a grooming essential in a drugstore at my destination. So I check my carry-onable bag, and have just a purse with reading material, any medications, and any small thing like extra earrings I wouldn't want to lose. Oh, and if we are bringing a laptop we carry that on, of course, in its own bag.

In 35+ years of traveling, our bags have been only delayed, not lost, twice when we were on the way home and it didn't really matter, and once on a business trip when they said oh, no, your bag is not LOST, it just wouldn't fit on the plane and was coming on the next flight. So I guess I don't really worry about losing my bags.
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Oct 5th, 2007, 06:36 AM
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An FYI that I heard this morning on the news. Between May and July of this year US airlines lost, delayed, damaged or pilfered ONE MILLION pieces of baggage. This is according to the bureau of Transportation statistics. Now that is what I call RUDE.

What I have been doing since the "3 oz rule" is taking carry on bags and shipping my liquids to my destination FedEx, or shipping my luggage completely and taking just a small carry on for valuables.

I invested in high quality carry on "regulation" size wheelers and have never had a problem with getting them on the plane. We take 1 wheeler each and i smaller under the seat bag. It works great for us....off the plane and out of the airport.
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Oct 5th, 2007, 09:58 AM
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I carry as little as possible, I can't stand it when you get to your seat and the other 2 in your row have taken up the entire overhead locker space...and if you fly from India, the row in front of you has also commadeered theirs and what was left of yours!!!

I normally carry a medium size tote, flying out of the UK your laptop has to fit into your carry on where as when I recently flew out of the States I was aloud my carry on plus my laptop.

This whole what you can and can't carry is getting ridiculous and the new baggage allowance, you can't take anything heavier than 23kg...unless you want to pay the excess baggage fees. I go away for a month at a time, my shoes weigh almost my allowance!!!!!
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Oct 5th, 2007, 10:02 AM
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Amazing. Some of you want to carry the largest, heavy 21-22" carryon that won't fit under the seat, yet can't lift it, and won't check it.

Here's my suggestion:

Buy another ticket to take a friend, relative, bodyguard, maid, butler, whoever that can lift it for you.
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Oct 5th, 2007, 02:30 PM
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Why do that when you can just FedEx luggage to your destination? There's nothing easier, your luggage is usually in your hotel room before you are. I have to say depending on where I am traveling to depends on how I do the luggage. hiking boots and sweaters are not going to make it in the carry ons, but shorts, bathing suits and flip flops pack small and the bag is light. And yes I do lift my own bags. My only rule is to not check bags under any circumstance.
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Oct 5th, 2007, 04:11 PM
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What ever I carry on, I can handle myself including lifting it into the overhead. When I can't do it anymore, I'll check my luggage. I just travel light for a week or less trip.
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