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1. Posted by fussy (Inactive 208 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

My aim next trip is to just have carry-on luggage. The final straw came when we spent 4 hours in the baggage hall of Terminal 5 Heathrow (Feb 2009 during the big freeze). I will have to forgo the Leatherman, but I think it will be worth it.

2. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

I quite often take just hand luggage for short trips. Really does reduce the stress just being able to walk off the plane and not think about the baggage reclaim.

3. Posted by BedouinLeo (Inactive 698 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Hi. I can do a long time away trip with just hand luggage as long as I have washing facilities convenient to hand. My work takes me away overseas a lot and the more I considered it the more it became apparent that I was taking about 70% of gear I just wasnt using. I expect you have noticed the size frame the airports have at the checkins for you to check the size of your hand luggage. It normally says something like 'if it fits in it goes on'. Mine never does but so far Ive not been challenged. I have a rather large shoulder bag that is never going to fit in the size frame. I stay in hotels while away and I always make sure there are washing machines within an easy walk, oh and tumble dryers too. A few black bin liners are a must and the rest is easy. More and more airlines are now charging for hold luggage. I saw this week that BA are stopping free food on short hauls. Its no wonder they are losing so much money each day. They are barely offering any more now than the bucket airlines and are still charging overall over 3 times the price for the same route on the same day.

4. Posted by fabyomama (Respected Member 560 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

A half-full rucksack with compression straps might be useful (maybe 30/40 litres) as those airport 'size frames' seem to be designed for 'wheelie cases' and nothing else.

Do you have anything in mind? And what to take? Another subject in itself.

5. Posted by BedouinLeo (Inactive 698 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

I have to disagree with fabyomama about the size frames. Wheelie cases normally are easy to fit in to them, although they are designed more for shoulder bags. Those wheelie cases are normally much smaller than shoulder bags. So far I havent been pulled on my shoulder bag which doesnt fit in in by a long way. I really think they are more of a deterrent than a piece of useful airport accessory.

6. Posted by fabyomama (Respected Member 560 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Hard to say what those frames are designed for - overhead lockers I suppose - though I was commenting on the sheer number of wheelie cases I see in airports - but reading it again, I can see that wasn't very clear. Sorry.

You're obviously a far more experienced traveler than I am and know what is and isn't possible. I personally don't like going over the max, or even getting close to it. I don't like the thought of being at the mercy of something if I can easily avoid it. I have AADHD Keeping things easy to organize allows me to think about nothing other than what's around me.

7. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

All those people with tons of carry-on luggage drive me crazy! ;) Trying to find a small spot in an overhead bin when they're lined with mini suitcases and shopping bags and god-knows-what can be a total nightmare. I get that people want to fly more freely, and that business people have only a briefcase and a small bag, but what's with the half-closet-full of stuff?

A few years ago, I saw a family with a mini suitcase EACH--one for Mom, Dad, 3 kids, and grandparents. Because they were last on, they spent 20 minutes looking for adequate space to stuff those things. Out of fairness--and logic--there needs to be stricter limits, I think.

8. Posted by BedouinLeo (Inactive 698 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

It will become apparent over the next 12 months or so that carriers will get much stricter on hand baggage, knowing full well that a few years ago hold luggage charges didnt exist anywhere on the planet for allocated weight allowances and now people have to pay more and more. Soon it will be the case that every piece of hand luggage will be measured and weighed. If it's overweight or oversized, the choice will be harsh. It doesnt go on, or it will be €20 for every kg or 5cms (or part thereof) thats exceeding the limit. Watch this space.

[ Edit: Edited on 03-Aug-2009, at 08:12 by BedouinLeo ]

9. Posted by fussy (Inactive 208 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

I agree with you BedouinLeo. On a recent trip from Luton, there were continuous announcements warning that carry on was one bag and one bag only, including laptops or handbags. This was then completely ignored. Some passengers had many carry on bags and yes overhead space was at a premium.

Then there is the more contentious issue of people weights.........