Readers' Opinions

From Mitchell Botwin on January 29, 2009 at 2:12 PM
Solid advice. I would also recommend looking into shipping home whatever will not fit into your suitcase. Most hotels have connections with FedEx or UPS and will ship it out for you. If you can get to the post office, that is also an option. The hotel shipping is best if you don't have a rental car.
From Deidre Dennis on January 29, 2009 at 8:30 PM
That is so funny because I was telling my family the other day that I want to vacuum seal my clothes to save space and each of us carry on our bags. I'm definitely leaning towards packing less stuff since we generally do laundry one evening we're on vacation anyway.

Anything to save on those fees!

From W McDougal on January 30, 2009 at 12:22 AM
In theory, you're supposed to stow your carry-on up above, and your personal item in the seat in front of you, but I've seen a lot of people put their personal item in the above compartment as well. The airlines are too short-staffed and frazzled to bother checking so if you book the bulkhead, you'll be fine with putting that personal item up above with your carry-on.
From Vickie OConnor on January 30, 2009 at 1:27 PM
I totally agree about taking all of your stuff as carry on luggage or sending it to the hotel ahead of time. That is what I always do. I don't trust the baggage handlers to get my luggage to my destination and I don't feel like standing around for a half hour or so to wait for it to get off the plane.
From Don Neal on February 2, 2009 at 11:06 AM
We pack light as well since we always do laundry while there. So you can pack about half of what you would think you need. We also roll our shirts and stuff. Great pointers Robert.