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tinksgilrs251520
07-27-2010, 01:37 PM
I am leaving in a month to WDW and I am wondering what are peoples preference... Should I check my bags in or try to do everything carry on ? which is less a hassle?

malibuconlee
07-27-2010, 01:41 PM
We always check. I guess my husband will do a carryon if he goes out of town for a day or two for work. But as a family we always check.

Couldn't imagine managing all those pieces with our toddler! Plus we usually go for a week when we go anywhere.

ETA: Can you really get a 17 year old girl down to one carryon and a personal bag? LOL ;)

dancin Disney style
07-27-2010, 01:55 PM
We go with carry on. I prefer to get off the plane and go....not have to wait for luggage which can take 30 minutes or more.

Tara
07-27-2010, 02:00 PM
Depends...these days I can go carry-on to Disney if I want thanks to my Owner's Lockers. :thumbsup2 Usually I don't - I bring a bag with the essentials to carry on and check everything else because I want to feel unencumbered as I go through the airports. We fly Southwest to Orlando, so we don't pay additional fees for checking bags.

I find Orlando to be very fast in terms of delivery time of baggage. In June we waited about 8 minutes for our bags. Usually it's less than 15 minutes.

For other travel, I'll often go carry-on because I'm making tight connections or just gone for a short trip or I'm worried about weather and being stranded without my bag.

Uncleromulus
07-27-2010, 03:16 PM
Too much stuff to ever hope to get it in a carry-on and then have to try and stuff it into an overhead bin.
We always check our bags and we're not in that much of a hurry after we land--so the wait to get the bags isn't that bothersome.

sydneysmom
07-27-2010, 03:39 PM
personally, I prefer carry on if I'm by myself or w/ my DH. But, when we go to Disney w/ our DD4, we're going to check our bags. I think going through the airport, lugging bags and our DD is going to be WAY too much. So we're doing Magical Express, bringing a carry on for airplane stuff (and swim suits) and letting Magical Express pick up our luggage and bring it to the hotel.

SOOOOO much less stressful.:cloud9: We were going to gate check the stroller but our layover is not very long and I'm afraid we'll miss our connecting flight. So unfortunately, we're going to have to check the stroller too. That's a bummer.

But if you're doing Magical Express, why not check your bags and let them deliver them to your room ? And going home, you can bring your luggage to RAC and they'll get your luggage to the airport for you ? Then you won't have to deal w/ baggage claim or dragging it through the airport ?

trvlgirlmq
07-27-2010, 04:02 PM
We are a carry on only family. I refuse to pay another $150 or more to the airlines to check my family of 5 bags only to have them possibly lose one. We have traveled all over the US, Hawaii and to Europe this way. The kids are great about it and it has taught them that you don't need to bring the kitchen sink with you on vacation.

goofy4tink
07-27-2010, 04:11 PM
Depends...I've traveled with just carryon many times. But, I do hate lugging bags around the airport with me...nothing worse than having to use the ladies room with baggage in tow.
I know that the three of us (myself, dh and 16 y/o dd) usually check two bags between the three of us. Then, we have carryons with any valuable stuff (electronices, meds) and a change of clothes for our arrival.

It's up to each family to decide how they want to handle it. I figure that I usually fly airlines that allow me one bag free, so that works for us. Otherwise, it's just the cost of doing business.

sam_gordon
07-27-2010, 05:06 PM
Depends on how long you're staying and how many people. If I'm just doing a night or two and by myself, carryon all the way. If it's a weeks vacation and the entire family, then we've got to check.

Alexander
07-27-2010, 07:24 PM
I HATE carry ons! If it doesn't fit in one small tote bag, it gets checked. There is nothing worse the schlepping bags through the airport. JMHO

My family of 4 can get away with one checked bag. All we bring are clothes, everything else is in our OL. We also bring enough outfits for 1/2 of the days we'll be there and throw in a load of wash everyday.

Danibelle
07-27-2010, 07:40 PM
We don't have to fly anymore to WDW but when we lived in CA we always checked bags. When I fly anywhere, even for 3-4 days, I check one bag. I have flown since 1965 and have never lost a bag. (I have had bags delayed, but they were always sent to my home or hotel location). I haven't had a bag delay since 1998. I have used roller bags only. And I do carry a backpack as my carryon.

taylor3297
07-27-2010, 07:47 PM
I always check my bag whether it is an overnight trip or a longer trip. I hate having to haul stuff through the airport and I hate wondering if there is going to be room for my carry on bag in the overhead compartment. If I carry anything on other than my purse, it has to be small enough for it to fit underneath the seat in front of me.

Taja
07-27-2010, 08:18 PM
If flying SWA, I'll usually check one bag and carry-on a small bag with a change of clothes, contact lens stuff & eyeglasses, and some basic toiletries. And my laptop--I usually work a couple of hours each day while at WDW.

Also, we visit WDW in December, and the weather is variable. That means layers--I don't really own winter clothing. Just a couple of waffle knit tops and sweatshirts that I layer under my jacket if it gets below about 60 degrees. That's cold to me! *LOL*

If it's a short trip almost anywhere--four nights or less, I'll usually take a slightly larger carry-on (my carry-on is my laptop case if I'm checking a bag) with everything in it. :thumbsup2

TwiddleDeeTwiddleDum
07-27-2010, 09:09 PM
We've done it both ways but now that there is a fee we are going to try to manage only 1 checked bag with the over 3oz shampoo, lotions, sunscreens, toothpaste, etc. & we'll be away longer than the carry on portions will last.

I carefully measured our luggage & our 2 small pieces are under the carry on limit so we're going to take those as carry on. These pieces are on rollers so it's not that much trouble pulling them in the airport & we're flying nonstop. We haven't flown in 2 years so I hope we won't find there to not be any room overhead!

lost*in*cyberspace
07-27-2010, 09:26 PM
I always carry-on. I have taken 10 day trips internationally with a carry-on and a purse. Most people pack far too many things.

drew64
07-27-2010, 10:12 PM
Always checked, unless overnight trip.

Wish airlines would eliminate carry-ons other than personal item.

Lot more on time flights and quicker boarding if we didn't have to wait for all those people trying to cram oversized, over stuffed bags in the overheards.

nytimez
07-27-2010, 10:13 PM
Carry on all the way. If I can't fit everything, I ship my essentials down ahead of time at the UPS Store.

Lintasare
07-28-2010, 08:07 AM
We always check our bags. I hate having to schlepp a ton of stuff through a busy terminal. If it doesn't fit under the seat in front of me it doesn't get carried on. On my upcoming trip I will check my suitcase and carry on my laptop and purse. That is it. Heck if I decide not to take the laptop then it's just my purse.

SDSorority
07-28-2010, 08:24 AM
We've done both. It depends on how long we're staying and if we have a rental car or not. If we have a car, I am fine with just carryon bags because I can go get groceries. If we don't have a car, I pack a TON of snacks and water in my checked luggage. :goodvibes

LoveKermit
07-28-2010, 08:37 AM
Always checked, unless overnight trip.

Wish airlines would eliminate carry-ons other than personal item.

Lot more on time flights and quicker boarding if we didn't have to wait for all those people trying to cram oversized, over stuffed bags in the overheards.

:thumbsup2

trvlgirlmq
07-28-2010, 08:51 AM
Always checked, unless overnight trip.

Wish airlines would eliminate carry-ons other than personal item.

Lot more on time flights and quicker boarding if we didn't have to wait for all those people trying to cram oversized, over stuffed bags in the overheards.

When the airlines stop charging me for my bags I will stop bringing them onboard. If they want to charge me then raise my ticket price $25 but don't nickel & dime me when I can't even get a snack or pillow anymore.

tjmw2727
07-28-2010, 10:17 AM
Check, as a solo adult with kids I carry on only what we need for the flight, valuables and 24 hours of necessities in case the bags get lost.

I fly SWA as they allow 2 checked bags per person (although we only check one per person) and use DME because I LOVE the luggage delivery service.

On non Disney vacation and on the the way home its a short wait for the bags, each kid takes their rolling suitcase and backpack and we are on our way.

Evi
07-29-2010, 02:11 AM
we always check bags and one person picks up the rental while the other picks up the bags and we meet up out front. Works every time.

LoveKermit
07-29-2010, 07:03 AM
we always check bags and one person picks up the rental while the other picks up the bags and we meet up out front. Works every time.

I can't get DH to be this efficient, but I have more recently managed to talk him into checking in for the car, but he always wants to meet back up at baggage claim. I've offered to schlep to the garage, but he doesn't want to be that split up.

gmeh1
07-29-2010, 05:40 PM
I completely agree, there are size limits to carry ons, I wish the airlines would enforce that too.

Evi
08-04-2010, 12:42 AM
I can't get DH to be this efficient, but I have more recently managed to talk him into checking in for the car, but he always wants to meet back up at baggage claim. I've offered to schlep to the garage, but he doesn't want to be that split up.

We both have cell phones so hes not to freaked out about loosing me. At least I think hes not lol.

maxiesmom
08-04-2010, 07:48 AM
I check bags and use a carry-on. It is always advisable to carry-on with you anything valuable, like your Disney pins.:thumbsup2Plus any prescription medications you need. Never check those! I also usually have a change of clothes in my carry-on, just in case the airline misdirects my checked bag.

The airlines really do need to do something about those monster sized bags some people are bringing on the planes. I don't know why they don't start telling people that if it doesn't fit in the overhead compartment per their guidelines, that they will have to pay the checked bag fee. They have to be loosing a ton of money on them.

Brian Noble
08-04-2010, 08:41 AM
In the past, I would typically carry on for solo trips, but check for trips with the rest of my family. My thinking was that I'm perfectly fine navigating the airport with a bag, but when I have to corral my family, I'd rather have one less thing to worry about.

Recently, I've started checking more often, unless I'm just doing a few nights and can fit in my small soft-sided bag. I'd rather not deal with the "fight for overhead space" game. Instead of trying to jockey onto the plane early within my boarding zone, I can spend a little extra time in the SkyClub, and just wander on 25 minutes before takeoff. What's more, now that fewer people are checking luggage, my bags seem to be on the carousel within just a few minutes of my arrival in baggage claim----and half the time, they are already there---so there isn't the delay there once was.

It helps that my Delta AmEx gives me one free bag per person, but even without that, well, you can spend money for convenience, or you can spend effort to avoid spending money. Where you fall on that question really depends on your tolerance for inconvenience and how much the bag fees hurt. When I'm on vacation, I have a *very* low tolerance for inconvenience. I'll regain status on my next flight (I lost it last year), and with early boarding might go back to carrying on for solo trips.

Alexander
08-04-2010, 09:22 AM
It helps that my Delta AmEx gives me one free bag per person, but even without that, well, you can spend money for convenience, or you can spend effort to avoid spending money. Where you fall on that question really depends on your tolerance for inconvenience and how much the bag fees hurt. When I'm on vacation, I have a *very* low tolerance for inconvenience. I'll regain status on my next flight (I lost it last year), and with early boarding might go back to carrying on for solo trips.

I couldn't agree more! $25 is a small price to pay for the convenience of not schlepping my bag through the airport!

john1928
08-04-2010, 01:06 PM
I carefully measured our luggage & our 2 small pieces are under the carry on limit so we're going to take those as carry on. These pieces are on rollers so it's not that much trouble pulling them in the airport & we're flying nonstop. We haven't flown in 2 years so I hope we won't find there to not be any room overhead!

It seems more often than not on flights I've been on lately one or more carry-on needed to be gate checked because the overhead bins were all full. Even in those cases of course most people were still able to use the bins (excluding regional jet flights where there has always been a high percentage of gate-checked bags).

There's no charge (that I've seen) for gate checked luggage (assuming it's not over-size), but if you're bringing meds or other fragile/valuable stuff you may want to keep that in a separate bag that will fit under the seat so you aren't forced to part with it if the bins are full when you board.

travelmom6416
08-04-2010, 02:10 PM
I used to check 4 or 5 bags before fees. Now I check 3 and do laundry. We carry on one backpack per child (3) and my husband (1). I bring the suitcase that fits in the overhead with meds, cameras, personal items, etc. That is it for the carry ons. We usually have 7 to 10 night stays. I have seen too many people carry on too many items and have to check their bag that was brought on the plane due to limited overhead space. I keep the must haves with me and pay for the rest.