Travel Blogger: Don’t Check, Carry-On Only

One thing I figured out years ago. What you may ask?  I hate having to wait around for checked luggage.  Worrying did they lose my luggage? Was it damaged? Or any number of related issues, with entrusting your possessions with strangers.

I think it was after my second flight, that I decided that I would not check bags anymore.  Since then a lot in the airline industry has changed.  For one, airlines now charge for checked bags.  All the more reason, not to check my baggage.  I am frugal and, well that simply is not a good use of my money.

What To Pack

  • 3 pairs of casual pants
  • 3 Shirts
  • 4 Changes of socks and undies
  • 1 Mini (compact) umbrella
  • Pajamas or nightgown
  • Crocs, Slippers, or Flipflops
  • Medications and Vitamins
  • Fold-up bag for souvenirs
  • Toiletries (liquids in small quantities, according to the rules)
    (remember hotels have shampoo and soap so don’t need to take them if staying in a hotel)
  • 1 Swim Suit
  • Camera and notepad. Perhaps a book to read

I am wearing my shoes and the fourth pair of clothing. If my travel plans are for more than three days, I wash my laundry. Some hotels have coin laundry machines for guests to use, otherwise, a laundry-mat may be the place to visit.  Although, other travel bloggers have written about dropping off their laundry at the front desk in the morning, and having clean clothes that evening when they return.  Still, others have written about washing their clothes in the bathroom sink. While that is an option, I don’t think that is something I want to do on vacation.

Something else, I learned from an old military friend, who explained that rolling our clothes created more room in baggage than the standard folding.  Least I forget to mention, besides saving money on checked bags, not having to wait for bags on the baggage carousel or worrying about lost baggage.  There are other benefits of only having  a carry-on. Such as getting a bus and not having to drag bulky luggage along with you.


Kevin is a travel and history enthusiast, who traveled solo before he got married in 2010 and now travels with his wife.


Related Sources:
How To Travel with a Carry-On Size Bag for 12½ weeks! By Don and Linda Freedman
I Traveled Through Nine Countries With Just a Carry-on — and I’m Never Checking a Bag Again by MORGAN GOLDBERG (Travel & Leisure)
Keep Calm and Carry-On: How To Travel With Carry-On Only by LAUREN BARTH
How to Travel Carry-On Only (Travel Made Simple)
Carry-On Travel: 10 Easy Steps To Avoid Checking Luggage by Erin (Never Ending Voyage)

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