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Have you Flown Recently?

September 20th, 2010 at 04:14 pm

I have flown recently, but not for a big trip.

These new carry on policies are absolutely ridiculous!

I got out the measuring tape and my carry on (bought new in the last few years) - it is just too big. I toyed with bringing it anyway (trying to sneak by) but the more I look into it, the more I think this is a bad idea. (It's a few inches too long due to the handle thingy do, though also too deep). I don't want to get stuck having to check it.

My mom mentioned offhand that I could use their baggage. So, phew! Since we are staying with them the night before we leave. Guess I will have to pack and then re-pack.

Thankfully we are going to a warm destination - it will be easy to pack light. I was thinking of doing laundry in the middle of the trip anyway, since I only have a couple of pairs of shorts that I think will be appropriate (long/light shorts, for hiking).

WE did just go to Colorado, but we packed so light. I only now realize that we really only get one (tiny) bag and one personal item. The pleasure to bring more costs $50 at minimum (roundtrip fee for checked baggage). Rolleyes

The plus side is that I was impressed how light people traveled on our last trip. Now I realize why. Maybe they should have enforced this "one carry-on" thing many moons ago. It was nice not to be drowning in baggage in the plane cabin. It's the gouging to check a bag that really irks me.

I do admit that it is nice not to deal with checked baggage. Those prices are a pretty good deterrent. I can look on the bright side - no checked baggage in my future.

I am just annoyed that my relatively new carry on bag is completely obsolete! I suppose it is still nice for road trips?

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Anyway, at Overstock I found some decent carry-on lugagge for $30-ish with shipping. I may just put on my Christmas wish list, or purchase sometime next year for future trips.

6 Responses to “Have you Flown Recently? ”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    When we flew as a family to Florida, all four of us took a carry on, plus my purse and a computer bag and only checked one very large bag. I didn't like paying the fee, but I definitely kept those fees to a minimum.

  2. pjmama Says:

    I'm going on vacation in December, and unfortunately wont be able to pack *too* light (a few outfits 'aint gonna last me 3 weeks). I actually own no luggage, so it would probably be worth it to pick up a couple bags. Thanks for the tip Smile

  3. baselle Says:

    If I'm going to visit family I am definitely looking into mailing luggage. I never pack all that heavy, and its just clothes.

  4. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    I'll be going to CA again this December, and will be bringing gifts (I think I'm making potholders for everyone) and bringing gifts back. So ... a suitcase that is checked is a necessity. Otherwise I might try to get away with going with just a carry on.

  5. PatientSaver Says:

    I like the idea of mailing luggage to the destination separately, but I suspect it's very expensive. I haven't flown anywhere since BEFORE 9/11, but if I did fly somewhere domestically in summer, say, I'd be tempted to just pack underwear and 1 change of clothes and buy the rest when I got there. If I were visiting family, I'd leave the newly-bought clothes there for next time.

  6. MonkeyMama Says:

    PatientSaver - that's the thing. For $50, it may be cheaper to just buy what you need!

    Baselle - may be a good idea, but shipping can be even more expensive, unfortunately.

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