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Old 12-05-2009, 03:32 PM   #41
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Many of the hotels I stay in have a retractable clothesline above the bathtub. I think most guests wash underwear and socks in their hotel bathroom.
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Old 12-05-2009, 06:26 PM   #42
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I always bring a plastic hangar or two to hang up wet clothes in the shower. No chance of rust.
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Old 12-05-2009, 06:36 PM   #43
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I measure my luggage before a trip to make sure it fits.

For European luggage, don't you mean 22 kg? At least, that's what it was for intra-EU flights a week ago.
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Looked around for some replacement luggage per my OP today. I like the information on onebag.com about going light and wrapping right, "bundle wrapping" and all that. If you lift one of the roll-aboard standard 22" cases it is amazing how heavy it is, even empty. The wheels and handle steal about a third of your packing space and an additional 3-6 lbs of weight to carry around. OTOH the wheel-free types weigh only 3 lbs.

Red Oxx (Air Boss and Sky Train) and ToughTraveler (Tri-Air) seem to be among the higher-end durable bags. They are expensive in the low $200 range. The local luggage stores only have carry-ons with wheels. If the bundle wrapping works as advertised I think I can pack at least 5 days of stuff in one of the no wheel type. Not sure if back-pack convertability is important to me and I'd rather not deal with two more straps to stow.

Either way it looks like my old roll-aboard is approaching extinction from new, stricter size limits -- not to mention one of the wheels falling off.
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When is a carry-on not a carry-on?

I keep waiting for the punch-line.... Sorry Rich, I couldn't resist...
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Looked around for some replacement luggage per my OP today. I like the information on onebag.com about going light and wrapping right, "bundle wrapping" and all that. If you lift one of the roll-aboard standard 22" cases it is amazing how heavy it is, even empty. The wheels and handle steal about a third of your packing space and an additional 3-6 lbs of weight to carry around. OTOH the wheel-free types weigh only 3 lbs.

Red Oxx (Air Boss and Sky Train) and ToughTraveler (Tri-Air) seem to be among the higher-end durable bags. They are expensive in the low $200 range. The local luggage stores only have carry-ons with wheels. If the bundle wrapping works as advertised I think I can pack at least 5 days of stuff in one of the no wheel type. Not sure if back-pack convertability is important to me and I'd rather not deal with two more straps to stow.

Either way it looks like my old roll-aboard is approaching extinction from new, stricter size limits -- not to mention one of the wheels falling off.

Traveling by train I liked to pack efficiently to avoid dealing with a lot of luggage. I liked Eagle Creek's luggage and packing system. The cubes and folders are very handy. The folders work well to keep shirts from wrinkling. http://www.eaglecreek.com/

Or, you can use the cubes and do the bundle thing.
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I measure my luggage before a trip to make sure it fits.

For European luggage, don't you mean 22 kg? At least, that's what it was for intra-EU flights a week ago.
No, I mean 10 kg/ 22 lbs for the carry-on. Actually, on Swiss and Lufthansa, it's now only 8 kg. Each piece of checked luggage can weight up to 20-23 kg depending on your destination.

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http://www.lufthansa.com/online/portal/lh/us/info_and_services/baggage?nodeid=1769620&l=en&cid=1000390&blt_p=US&b lt_l=en&blt_t=Info_and_Services%3EBaggage&blt_e=Co ntent&blt_n=Free%20baggage%20allowan&blt_z=carry-on%20baggage&blt_c=US|en|Info_and_Services%3EBagga ge|Content|Free%20baggage%20allowan|carry-on%20baggage
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Yes, those are nice. I have a medium sized one and I like the external cinch straps to snug everything up.

I couldn't find an Eagle Creek carry-on in the 22x14x9 range that didn't have wheels. Do you know of any? It appears to make a big difference in overall capacity / weight.
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Yes, those are nice. I have a medium sized one and I like the external cinch straps to snug everything up.

I couldn't find an Eagle Creek carry-on in the 22x14x9 range that didn't have wheels. Do you know of any? It appears to make a big difference in overall capacity / weight.
No, I have one with wheels. I am a wimp, I like the wheels. But I could do without the backpack straps and have though about cutting them off.
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Most Asian airliners seem to be pretty liberal with carry-ons. We just took Singapore Airlines to Tokyo and we had 3 carry-ons (2 of us plus a baby) of normal size and it seemed like we had smaller carry-ons than most.

I've only flown inside Europe a few times took the trains everywhere else. When I flew Lufthansa from the US, they didn't balk at the American-sized carry-ons that most people had, but maybe fighting that on a flight from the US is a thankless task.

Laundry through most of Asia is so cheap to send out! We rarely stay at "Western" places, so most places charge about the same or refer you to a close-by laundry guy. On a couple of occasions, we have actually sent out all our dirty laundry before our flight home because it was so cheap!

I've also bought a bunch of easily washable travel stuff from REI and its been great when I've had to do handwashes.
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Just a quick suggestion from someone who still flies entirely too much: Always wear a decent jacket with large pockets when you fly (even to tropical destinations). This is where I keep everything that would be painful to replace if lost: Medication, contact lenses, very small laptop, etc.

Even on really small puddle jumpers in Central America where they place all bags (including laptop bags and purses) into a luggage compartment, I have never had to give up my jacket.
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I have to believe that charging for checking a bag has resulted in longer load times for airlines and wonder if they additional revenue the gain from baggage fees make up for slower turn around times.

FYI, most airlines give you a $5 discount if you do web check in and pay for your checked luggage in advance.
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Most Asian airliners seem to be pretty liberal with carry-ons.
Seriously! We've taken many regional flights in Asia and it's like comedy show the locals strolling up to the gate toting carryon luggage consisting of things like ice coolers, wicker chests, 3 foot tall ceramic elephants, bamboo screens, etc.

Makes it even more interesting when the "door is open" unorganized mosh pit occurs to pile onto the little bus to drive out to the plane.
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Another funny gray area is the "second small personal item like a purse or laptop bag."

For many passengers this means two max-sized pieces of luggage. Thus the one seat will take up half the overhead bin.
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Let's see: checked baggage fees and flights that are almost always overbooked and filled to capacity these days. Nope, I don't see a problem with carry-on space developing...

I used to enjoy flying. Now I detest it to the point where I avoid it any time I can get anywhere within a day's drive.
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OK, count me in "IN" on the "got my bag grabbed just as I was about to board".

I asked the flight attendant (yes, it caused a log jam behind me) why the boarding gate did not announce to those of us who had been lingering in the gate area for an hour or more, to check our bags. Why the SWAT team tactic?

I'm so feed up with flying.

Is there a "class action", or "civil disobedience" method to convince the airlines to hire more intelligent management.
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