Checking Baggage

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Most airlines allow one regular sized carry on item and one large one. Using this to your advantage (especially with good Wheeled_Luggage) and avoid having any checked-in baggage at all can save a ton of hassle at the airport, and eliminates the chance of them losing your luggage. The only downside is that you will have nowhere to stash any items that can't be carried in carry-on luggage (box cutters, or gels/liquids in larger than 3 oz. bottles, for example), so you'll have to leave them at home.

  • Visiting One Bag forever changed my outlook on checking luggage. I read this entire website and tested all of it's advice on a trip to Europe from the United States not that long ago, and I had everything I needed. The author recommends things from his own experiences and they work like a charm. I will never check a bag again --Wireless Mike
  • I used to be a big proponent of "No Checked Baggage" traveling, but with the new Airport restrictions it is not always practical/possible. I have shifted most of my traveling items to the checked bag when I have to have one, but keep a few essentials in the carry on in case the checked bag is lost: basic toiletries, change of socks and underwear, etc. (see "Clothes" section in Travel Comfort)
  • Unless your checked luggage is an unusual color to begin with, tie a obnoxious, brightly colored piece of cloth (a bandana or a scarf) to the handle so you can pick it out easily on the baggage conveyer. --RobNoxious 05:36, 8 Apr 2005 (EDT)
    • I prefer brightly colored tape/stickers to anything tied around the handled. Stuff that's tied on may be removed, while the tape tends to (I'm so sorry...) "stick around."--J.T. Boofle 12:51, 11 Apr 2005 (EDT)
  • This is a religious debate for some, and like most religious debates, how you feel about it usually has more to do with your personality than anything else. In my opinion, it depends on your trip. Short trips, where you can get all your gear into a laptop bag and a backpack? Don't check. Longer trips with bigger bags? Check. Please don't bring large bags on the plane. In 1998, as an experiment, United enforced their policies on size of carry-ons. Flight delays caused by passengers decreased by 72%. Think about that when you are trying to save time at the airport by not checking your bags. --Saanvik
  • U.S. Size of carry-on -- "most Airlines limit their carry-on bags to a range of 14" to 16" high, 21" to 24" wide, and 8" to 9" deep". A 45" total (height+width+depth) can be used as a basic guideline to see if your bag will be allowed as a carry-on." Note most check-in wheelies are around 21" in length. I prefer the 19-20" because it can fit under the seat *just in case*. I've never paid more than $100USD for a great wheelie that I use for weekly 4-day travel. Get an expandable one and you can check it in after buying goodies abroad.
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