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How to travel with ONLY carry-on luggage?

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1. Posted by zachary (Respected Member 471 posts) 11y

anyone have any tips on how to travel with ONYL carry-on luggage?

I am flying to Panama City, Panama and the cheapest flight i could find is roundtrip only $271, but that is

Miami, FL -> Panama City, Panama
then
Panama City, Panama -> San Jose, Costa Rica

so if skip out on the connecting flight to Costa Rica i can take advantage of the cheap flight, but i wont be able to check in any luggage because it'll end up in Costa

2. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

That is how I always travel. I love it! It is so great not to have to wait around the airport and wait for luggage...The only thing that is difficult is if you buy something that can't be in a carry on. No sharp instruments, no lighters..etc...this has a list of all the things that are prohibited...http://www.tsa.gov/public/display?theme=183
Good luck!
:)

3. Posted by Pardus (Respected Member 2356 posts) 11y

We used to travel with carry on luggage only on our migration project and it's very handy. On most airports you get either fast check in boxes or a Hand Luggage only counter, that also saves you a lot of que... waiting in line... (can't spell the word... Help!)

4. Posted by zachary (Respected Member 471 posts) 11y

hey cupcake. thanks for your tips, only problem is that i'll be there for 1 full week, i'll need day clothes (shorts/tshirts, and yes i can recycle the shorts no problem), but every night i will be going to hit the nightlife, and in panama city i want to be clean with new jeans/shirts every single day

maybe bring only

3 shorts (recycle when needed)
7 tshirts for days
7 shirts for nights
3 jeans (use hotel laundry when needed)

+ my bath stuff (toothbrush, contacts, glasses etc)

+ my computer

maybe i can work it out that way..........i hope

5. Posted by wtanaka (Budding Member 44 posts) 11y

You could use hotel laundry more often in order to bring fewer articles of clothing. Or, if you absolutely must have a different outfit every single day, you could go clothes shopping your first day there in order to reduce your clothes load.

6. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru 2788 posts) 11y

Get a decent size backpack, that always does the trick cause it has a lot of compartments. The people checking you at the gate dont usually give you a hard time when you have it on your back and also it is easier to conceal the size this way (compared to a rolling carry-on).

I went to SE Asia with a backpack and because that was all I was bringing, I didnt want to check it in...it was definitely overweight for bring to the cabin but I got away with it . If you are in Miami, look for inexpensive big backpacks at downtown Miami or at the Swap Shop in Fort Lauderdale. If you are going to backpack in the future, I suggest you get a decent, brand name backpack that will last longer (Kelty, Columbia, North Face, etc). You can find some good ones at Bass Pro Shops in Hollywood, FL.

7. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru 2788 posts) 11y

Quoting areinstein

...it was definitely overweight for bring to the cabin but I got away with it

Edit: ...overweight to bring into the cabin...

8. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

Quoting areinstein

Edit: ...overweight to bring into the cabin...

Ohhhhhh...I like that...self edit (must write this stuff down;))

9. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru 2788 posts) 11y

Quoting CupCake

Quoting areinstein

Edit: ...overweight to bring into the cabin...

Ohhhhhh...I like that...self edit (must write this stuff down;))

Hahaha, like that heh? ;)

10. Posted by zachary (Respected Member 471 posts) 11y

awesome tips! thank you very much for them

and wtanaka, i like to avoid hotel laundry service as much as possible because most times it is very expensive