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Two week holiday. Could you manage with one cabin sized case per person?

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NickiFury · 28/07/2015 13:30

I say yes, my Mum says no way and I am being ridiculous?

I will be able to do washing on the holiday. I just find massive suitcases really stressful and they slow us down.

Could you manage? Would you?

I know it's boring but it's consuming my planning for my Hols!

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CrystalCove · 28/07/2015 16:50

No way I want to buy them on holiday is what I meant!

MirandaWest · 28/07/2015 16:51

DP and I went away to 3 cities in America with a cabin bag each. I didn't feel I was restricting my clothes choice at all. We did some washing while we were there (were staying in Air bnbs with washing machines) but not that much. And made it much easier to take smaller bags around on public transport when travelling around.

Haven't tried this with DC as well but probably will at some point.

AlpacaLypse · 28/07/2015 16:51

We take one cabin bag each and one hold bag, which travels out virtuaully empty apart from suncream, insect repellent, the standard lotions and potions and dd1's quite awe inspiring make up collection. On the way back it will be stuffed with all sorts of goodies, as we're inveterate souvenir shoppers.

If it's just me and DP, we don't bother with hold bags. So nice to get through without the hassle of baggage reclaim etc.

DownWithThisTypeOfThing · 28/07/2015 16:54

And I get my laundry done at the hotel before I come home - bliss!

Absolute genius! I might do that.

We're going on a package deal so have 22kg of hold luggage per person included in the price, plus the transfer from the airport is also included which means it wouldn't save us a second as we'd still only get to the hotel at the same time.

I don't cook, clean, iron or wash clothes on holiday.

I'm not super-high maintenance though - I just want a clean outfit every day, a tonne of suncream (not at resort prices!) and some good shampoo/conditioner/serum to combat the sun & swimming. I could squeeze it all into hand luggage if hold luggage was an extra cost but I'm very glad I don't have to.

HelloNewman · 28/07/2015 16:59

No. But why is taking suitcases stressful?

We're in the U.S. on hols. We don't take loads of clothes and no towels, but we like to but lots of stuff while we here. I can fill a case with my drug store hoard.

FuzzyWizard · 28/07/2015 17:02

I think type of holiday plays a real factor here. I notice that a lot of people do resort-type package deals. If that is the case then as DownWith said there is no real benefit of squeezing into cabin baggage only. I usually go to cities and book independently with budget airlines. This means that hold baggage costs extra as well as slowing down your passage through the airport and out the other side. We also usually travel to our hotel by public bus/train/tram and end up walking through cobbled city centres with our luggage. No way would I want to do that with any more luggage than was absolutely necessary. When we went on a package deal for a family member's wedding we checked our (admittedly cabin sized) bags for all the reasons mentioned.

bottleofbeer · 28/07/2015 17:04

I hope so. Six of us are going for a week. One 10k cabin bag each and one 15k allowance to be checked in. Shoes, toiletries etc.. going in the bigger bag. Clothes in the cabin bag. There are washing facilities on site if need be.

NickiFury · 28/07/2015 17:13

Taking big suitcases is stressful because there's just me, so I have to drag them about, get them up and downstairs, find trolleys etc. I would prefer to take that element out of the holiday.

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TheMoonOnAStick15 · 28/07/2015 17:27

I couldn't. Even if I could I wouldn't want to. I don't want to spend holiday time washing clothes or traipsing about buying stuff I need.

lanbro · 28/07/2015 17:30

I did it when I went to New Zealand but was staying with my sister so didn't need any toiletries or towels. Dh and I manage with just one suitcase between us but I tend to travel light

londonrach · 28/07/2015 17:32

I managed 4 weeks on honeymoon so 2 weeks in simple. Just done 10 days with such a bag. We took the train to europe. Great fun. Yanbu as very easy to do it x

Beth2511 · 28/07/2015 17:33

I am in the process of packing for me and 8 month old DD for a trip to see fmaily. Couldnt afford luggage on top of ticket price so doing it all in a cabin bag. Somehow need to include all her milk steriliser and both our clothes for a week

Mistigri · 28/07/2015 17:36

For a warm weather holiday yes easily. My daughter just went away on a 2 week residential with a carry on suitcase and I swear she never even unpacked the bottom two thirds of her case Grin.

Harder if packing warm clothes for cold or changeable weather, though still possible if you have access to a washing machine.

NickiFury · 10/08/2015 20:27


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Happfeet2911 · 10/08/2015 20:30

Have always done it when travelling somewhere warm, just decant toiletries into small bottles and wash a few pairs of knickers. Could never stand waiting around at baggage carousels.

Glitteryarse · 10/08/2015 22:09

Yep I'm gonna just take a carry on each.

No standing about waiting to check in
No carousel hanging about

That pack mate looks good.

Bunbaker · 10/08/2015 22:13

I could, but I wouldn't want to. When I go on holiday I don't want to spend time washing etc. It waits until I get home.

I don't want to spend money on toiletries at the airport and risk not finding what I like to use. I don't find having a suitcase in the hold stressful at all.

Pumpkinette · 10/08/2015 22:21

Last year DH and I done 7 night trip to Berlin with 1 carry on and 1 rucksack between the two of us so it's doable. I like to use the roll clothes method of packing as it can squeeze more in that way. I decant toiletries to travel size containers or buy over there and you can get away with washing clothes out in sink with the liquid hand soap provided so no need to take travel wash.

Pumpkinette · 10/08/2015 22:31

Although I will warn against the utterly fucking stupid silly thing I done one time. DD was about 10 months old and still getting a bottle of formula milk in the morning and before bed. I, clearly not thinking decanted formula powder into plastic food bags to save space so we could take a carry on bag rather than put case in the hold. It was only mid flight I realised how bad it would look if they checked our bags at customs and found 2 large bags of white powder. Blush

muminhants1 · 11/08/2015 10:48

It's possible but airlines are bringing in stricter rules on carry-on baggage now, so you might find you can only take a smaller case/bag than you were planning to.

The airlines make me laugh - they introduce hand-luggage only fares and then wonder why people bring on as large bags as they can get away with. Sigh.

Bunbaker · 11/08/2015 10:50

So true muminhants1

OH gets quite aggravated when he can't put his small cabin bag in the overhead locker because other passengers have huge carry on bags there.

SuperFlyHigh · 11/08/2015 13:12

what's great - I've got one and so has a friend (on separate holidays) - you know those all in one makeup compacts, this one has concealor, mascara, powder and brushes etc and you can get them at duty free:-

Caboodle · 12/08/2015 19:23

I'm sure you will manage and it can be done....but be prepared for someone like me to ask you to move your largish hand luggage so we can put out small bags in the cabins ('cause we paid for hold luggage). Drives me bonkers when selfish people take up the whole overhead locker with little regard for other travellers

NickiFury · 12/08/2015 19:35

Really caboodle? I've adhered entirely to the airline ruling with regards to hand baggage but I am selfish and it drives you mad that my bag is bigger than yours despite being the requisite size? Grin

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Caboodle · 12/08/2015 19:42

It drives me mad that people put a large bag in the locker (plus their duty free etc) and don't stop to check if their fellow passengers need a bit of room too. There is roon at your feet you know. It is the lack of consideration for others.

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