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21. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 9y

Quoting Purdy

Quoting Sam I Am

If travelling only for a few days, include all clothes for those days in carryon and skip checking in stuff...

Nice and light :)

Sam - l bet this has changed lots when you travel with the baby! Baggage must increase lots! I know lots of friends find nearly the hassle of travelling with young kids nearly too much and will take holidays closer to home where the car can be packed full!

Absolutely, this is my style if I am not travelling with Malia. When travelling with her and my wife, I need to add a bag of baby entertainment/cleaning stuff onto my load ;) It's a hassle, and for shorter trips not worth it, so now we just have to take longer trips (with that I mean how long we stay away for, not travelling longer!).

ps. forgot my camera (generally only on lenghtier trips)

22. Posted by hawaiinate (Budding Member 33 posts) 9y

well when I can I hitch rides on military trnasport planes and those have litte or no sound insulation so a pair of earpulgs is at the top of my list, ther than that a bottle of nyquil, takes care of the runny nose in flight and makes you sleep as an added bonus, also a good book, a puzzle book, my compact digicam, and my MP3 player oh also a jacket. with a hood

23. Posted by bradshaw (Budding Member 19 posts) 9y

Umm...Everything - I like to keep everything with me so don't check luggage. I have never been on a trip where I had to wear dirty clothes, stunk, or lacked for any comfort.

24. Posted by norman13 (Budding Member 4 posts) 9y

i only take my camera, a light jacket and some condoms.

25. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 9y

Quoting bradshaw

Umm...Everything - I like to keep everything with me so don't check luggage. I have never been on a trip where I had to wear dirty clothes, stunk, or lacked for any comfort.

Problem with that is that you can't bring any sharp objects on board, so things that I have found coming in handy like a leatherman tool (or Swiss Army knife) and a cockscrew aren't allowed on board.

Quoting norman13

i only take my camera, a light jacket and some condoms

Have to be prepared for the mile high club, I suppose...

26. Posted by bradshaw (Budding Member 19 posts) 9y

Quoting GregW

Quoting bradshaw

Umm...Everything - I like to keep everything with me so don't check luggage. I have never been on a trip where I had to wear dirty clothes, stunk, or lacked for any comfort.

Problem with that is that you can't bring any sharp objects on board, so things that I have found coming in handy like a leatherman tool (or Swiss Army knife) and a cockscrew aren't allowed on board.

Well yes, I guess that is a problem (certainly not the only one) traveling with carry-on luggage only. We can find problems with every packing list. I certainly was not advocating that everybody pack really tiny bags, just pointing out what I prefer to take on board. During our travels, we will encounter situations where the best solution cannot be pulled from our packs. I enjoy improvising. Preparing for every circumstance is a sure-fire way to hauling a heavy pack - and no one finds that enjoyable.

:)And I'm not sure if I'm impressed or perturbed by condoms being an essential carry-on item. ;)

27. Posted by Seek Up (Budding Member 15 posts) 9y

- MP3 player
- Good book
- Hoodie
- Meds (including Tylenol PM)
- Cameras (unfortunately I feel the need to include my manual SLR when I'm lugging it along for the trip)
- Deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrush
- Chapstick! Always, always, always!
- Cash, Passport, AmEx

No condoms necessary.

28. Posted by KoalaGirl (Travel Guru 307 posts) 9y

Quoting Isadora

Since there are two of us traveling together 99.99% of the time...

change of shoes for each

Can't say I've ever taken a change of shoes in carry-on... this might be niaive of me, but seems to me to be a very heavy and non-essential item for a flight. Change of socks and some deoderant maybe....

29. Posted by Eric19382 (Budding Member 24 posts) 9y

Good thread; I'm going to review it and possibly make adjustments to my own carry on list.
Did anyone include waterless hand sanitizer on their list? It's one thing I always like to have on hand (no pun intended). :)

30. Posted by Emmalineau (Full Member 94 posts) 9y

Quoting Sam I Am:

When travelling within/to the EU, be very careful with your toiletries. Anything fluid and more than 100 ML gets confiscated.... lost my shampoo the other day because I couldn't be bothered to go back to check in, just to check in one bottle of shampoo. Can you imagine standing at the baggage belt waiting for your one bottle of shampoo (plastered under stickers) to come out?!

That's an interesting point. Most people on here list a range of toiletires - if (like me) you like to travel with good quality cleanser, moisturiser etc, you don't really want to jettison it at customs but it's really good to have on board...

Does anyone know of definitive rules regarding carry-ing on liquids? Does this just apply in the EU or Continental US as well...?