Has anyone ever had any hassles with taking 2 (school bag sized) backpacks through with them as cabbin luggage?
As I am thinking this is how I would like to travel. I have found a backpack (aprox 30litres) that I would like to take as my main backpack and also take the daypack off the larger backpack I have previously bought, so i woulld wear this smaller one on my front when trekking to a new location. I have figured this scenerio to be more comfortable and lightweight, as I will take too much with a big pack, and dont find it to great to walk with when it's got it's day pack zipped on as well.
So I am unsure about just what airlines let through as cabbin luggage and really want taking 2 bags to mean I dont have to check in any cargo luggage.
Thanks for any help
I have often travelled like this, although as i don't fly, can't help you with that aspect.
However, people at work often do something similar (a rucksack and a laptop case) and they have no problem taking both onboard. If your daysack is only a 20l or so, then doubt you'd have a problem taking both with you providing you are polite etc. But expect to maybe have to put the larger one in the hold on maybe 1 in 10 flights, as sometimes you'll just meet a check in clerk having a bad day who wants to take it out on customers!
One thing that you do have to bear in mind though is that if all your luggage is hand, you can't take anything with you which may be construed as dangerous (in any Western country/major airline at least, not sure about less developed places) which means you would'nt be able to take a swiss army knife or blade of any description, corkscrew, nail file etc. etc on your trip (or you'd have to contually buy new ones and dispose of them). Don't know if that would affect your plan at all.
As far as flying goes you are generally allowed 1 "carry on" bag the size of a small roll-away suitcase, and a "personal bag" such as a pocket book, laptop case, or similar. As long as you are using two day packs I would be extremely surprised to see any airline folks give you a hard time about that... If anything, just make sure everything you are taking along fits in those two bags, even your camera and other small items and you'll be fine.
Gelli is right about the security issues too... Aerosal cans, nail files, any sharp or pointy items, or any other "dangerous" items will not be allowed on the flight... This is pretty much universal at this point, or at least everywhere I have flown from the USA, Western Europe, Central America, and SE Asia.
Hope this helps some