Travel planning can be stressful enough without adding baggage woes to the equation, so make your life a little simpler and choose the carry-on or checked luggage option that’s ideally suited to your trip.
CHECKED BAGGAGE VS. CARRY-ON: WHAT TO CONSIDER
Ask yourselves these questions before deciding which suitcase to pack for your next vacation.
How long will I be traveling? Naturally, shorter trips lend themselves to smaller bags, while longer ones may require extra packing.
What’s the weather where I’m going? Typically, clothing choices for hot destinations are smaller and thinner than wardrobes for colder weather. This could drastically affect the size bag you need.
What are the fees associated with both checked baggage and carry-ons? If you’re flying on a basic economy fare, you might not even be allowed to bring a carry-on, in which case you might want to check a bag. Conversely, some airlines charge for checked bags—see if you can pack minimally and carry on to avoid paying additional fees.
Does it matter whether or not my suitcase makes it to my destination right away? Checked baggage is more likely to get lost than carry-on luggage, so think about whether or not you can deal without your things for a day at your destination. (For instance, you might want to carry-on one way, go shopping on your trip, then check your heavier bag on the way back home.) Also factor in connecting flights—if you have a short layover, there’s always a small chance your bag won’t make the connection.
WHEN TO TRAVEL CARRY-ON
When you pack everything into one carry-on bag, you can reduce your carbon footprint, limit the amount you have to carry, and save on checked baggage fees. Here are the best times to travel carry-on only.
Spring Break: Whether you’re heading south to warmer climes or hitting the trails in search of adventure, when traveling for spring break you’ll have one major priority; enjoying unforgettable experiences with your mates. One thing you won’t want is to be weighed down with excess luggage, so my advice is to travel light. My detailed spring break packing list will ensure you have all the essentials and organize everything into a compact, functional carry-on bag that you can easily manage on public transport.