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tinytinkmom
11-09-2010, 10:56 PM
Anyone out there go on their DCL vacations with ONLY carry on baggage... With kids? :scared:
With the price of checked baggage fees, we are considering making the switch, but I don't know if we can make it work with a cruise... Our upcoming vacation is 5 days at Disneyland and then an MR cruise. We were planning on doing laundry at some point anyway, but I keep thinking about the dress up clothes and extra shoes for the cruise portion... Not to mention everything you need to travel with a 6 year old and a 1 & 1/2 year old!
Has anyone braved doing this???

So I wanted to follow up and say "YES!", it is possible to travel on a DCL vacation with ONLY carry on bags (even with small children!)... It worked so well, we are planning on doing the same thing for our MR cruise in October, as well as any future vacations we have!
We were in need of new luggage anyway (the old ones were being held together with duct tape!), so we bought these fabulous carry on suitcases that have a backpack that can zip on and off the front (makes it easier to get through the airport with the little ones!). They were on clearance at Costco, so we got 2 for $70, then I found a duffel bag on clearance at Target for $6. So we spent the money it would have cost us to check 2 bags round-trip ($80) and bought new luggage that will allow us to avoid paying those fees in the future!
In total, we brought: 2 carry on suitcases with backpacks attached, 2 duffel bags, another backpack and a diaper bag. So each of the four of us had a "carry on" and a "personal item" (the backpacks). I am NOT a light packer, so this was a learning experience for me. It is challenging with the cruise, simply because of the dress up clothes. For myself, I brought 3 sleeveless dresses (2 black, 1 olive green) and 3 different scarves, so I could change up my look each night. My husband brought 2 pairs of slacks and 5 dress shirts. For the 6 year old, I packed a couple of skirts that we could rotate with different tops. The one year old was easiest - her clothes are so small, I felt like I could pack whatever I wanted for her! We actually could have gotten away with one less duffle bag if we hadn't needed to bring diapers for 2 weeks!
Anyway, I just wanted to share that it IS possible (even for a heavy packer!) to get away with just carry ons!

moomy-san
11-09-2010, 11:13 PM
I'd personally be afraid or trying this- I have 2 little girls and man, oh, man, the stuff they need on a trip to DL! I guess if you know you can use the hotel/cruise-line shampoo etc and all the other toiletries you need are within the allowed size limits for the airline, I'd say maybe do just one VERY large checked bag? If you have to buy toiletries and such once you arrive you haven't really saved money :)
We also bought the travel space bags that you roll the air out of. That could help reduce some of the bulk in the carry on if you decide to go that route. But they aren't cheap, so again- might just be easier to pay for the checked bag!

Cruise
11-09-2010, 11:41 PM
It can be done, but it means mixing and matching a lot and deciding what you are and aren't willing to give up for it.

With the kids, do you like to pack costumes for photo ops? Are you okay with not being too fancy with formal and semi-formal night? There wouldn't be any room for extras like snorkeling equipment or sand toys for the beach. You also either won't be able to participate in your FE exchange or else planning very, very carefully for what you'd use....something small and flat. ;)

On our last cruise, it was literally the FE that pushed us over the edge of needing a piece of checked luggage. Otherwise, we would have been able to do carryon only. But we don't have kids. And we've done several cruises where we've gotten the full-on formal photos - I'm just kind of over it and don't need them anymore. :rotfl:

Also remember that, though you each get a carryon, I can't imagine your 1 1/2 year old wheeling a roller bag onto the plane. :lmao: If you take a carseat for the plane, you're going to be juggling a lot of bags while trying to keep up with your kids as well.

szubieta
11-09-2010, 11:56 PM
If you do this...please let us "Over-Packers" know how it's done.

Thank God I will be driving to port on our next cruise like our last. :thumbsup2 We had 7 suitcases with 4 carry-on for 2 adults and 1 child (5) on a 15nt cruise. Though 1 case had snorkeling equipt & a booster seat, we had plenty of snacks/drinks for ports (waste) and pepsi/mineral water. I even used the space bags (careful they DO get heavy) and there was no laundry facilities.

I would adore that type of freedom! But you should see my travel lists. :confused3

SILLYANDI
11-10-2010, 12:01 AM
I have 4 kids and I could easily do the carry on for everyone and get away with it. We never bring more than 3 large suitcases for the 6 of us, even for our last week at WDW followed by a week on DCL. My kids spend the whole cruise in a bathings suit or shorts. I brought 2-3 sundresses for each of the girls as cover ups/evening wear. One suitcase was our formalwear for 2 nights (minus DH's Tux) and shoes. One suitcase was all 4 kids' mix & match outfits (7 pairs of underwear and 3-4 t shirt/shorts outfits each) with their flip flops. One suitcase is me and DH's clothes and toiletries(who are we kidding, 3/4 MINE and a small corner of his lol).

We all wear tennis shoes, pants & jackets onto the airplane so we have them in case we need them for a chilly day at WDW or on the cruise. I wash clothes once on land and once at sea (usually don't have to at sea cause they wear their bathing suits with the same cover up everyday!).

Every kid wears a backpack on the airplane with misc snacks, entertainment and anything they "need" that didn't fit in the suitcases (their blankets or loveys usually). I carry the important papers and meds in my backpack and we are good to go!

TinklednPants
11-10-2010, 05:55 AM
Anyone out there go on their DCL vacations with ONLY carry on baggage... With kids? :scared:
With the price of checked baggage fees, we are considering making the switch, but I don't know if we can make it work with a cruise... Our upcoming vacation is 5 days at Disneyland and then an MR cruise. We were planning on doing laundry at some point anyway, but I keep thinking about the dress up clothes and extra shoes for the cruise portion... Not to mention everything you need to travel with a 6 year old and a 1 & 1/2 year old!
Has anyone braved doing this???

I honestly don't know how this could even be considered :confused3
How many outfits can you fit in a carry on?
I can't even imagine the 5 days at Disneyland with just carryons.

jmkclee
11-10-2010, 07:30 AM
We are a family of 6 and only do carry-on, even though with DH's status on United we could check for free. We even did carry-on for 2 weeks in London & Paris (and Disneyland Paris :cool1:) last Christmas.

Everyone has a roller bag and a backpack or tote. I tell my kids that if it doesn't fit in those two things, it doesn't go. With 6, you can get an amazing amount of travel sized shampoo, etc. into 6 quart bags. Rolling clothes helps save space vs. folding (and some say keeps them more wrinkle free). I can even pack some of my stuff (my extra shoes...I have a fetish for stilettos...) in my son's rollerbag as he is good with t-shirts & shorts & one nice pants & shirt. My girls wear flip-flops for mostly everything, and "nicer" ones for the dressier nights.

We also wash clothes during the week (rented an apartment in Paris w/ washer & dryer), and was on the cruise or at WDW (we are DVC members). In a pinch, undies can be washed in the sink (DH and I have done this in Europe).

You can do it.

Susie22
11-10-2010, 07:36 AM
I have five children ages 0-11. We're doing two days at Disneyland and a MR cruise with only carry ons. We don't pack extras (no fish extenders for us!), and I plan on probably throwing a couple loads in the laundry on a sea day. Now, I haven't DONE it yet, so I'll let you know how it goes after it's done. But I don't imagine it will be too different than when we pack for Disneyland for a week all in carry ons, which we normally do.

lawone
11-10-2010, 07:40 AM
We are a family of 4 and only do carry-ons! Each person gets one rolling bag + a backpack. Roll your clothes insides the suitcases b/c it creates more room. Yes, you will have a few wrinkles but just pull them out and hang them up when you arrive.

We have always found that even with fewer bags that we don't wear all the clothes we brought with us anyway! Also-- you could ship a box to the cruise with any extra items you won't need until then! I shipped all my FE gifts so that I didn't have to pack them. Then I used the same box to ship stuff home!

Michele325
11-10-2010, 07:44 AM
We did it last time we traveled to the grandparents house (5 of us) but my kids are a bit older (5, 8, 11). Each got a roll on suitcase. And the adults had a roll on and a backpack (with stuff for the plane). We use air out bags and definitely plan on doing laundry. It also depends on the time of year, this was summer so it was all shorts and T shirts. I am not sure about doing this for a cruise though. All the clothes to wear at night, and that means an extra pair of shoes for everyone. I am thinking we will check 1 large suitcase with all of that. Last cruise we checked 2 large suitcases for all 5 of us and carried hardly anything on. So it is do able, you just have to be really pare down what you bring.

Mmketeer
11-10-2010, 07:54 AM
Gosh, you guys are WAY better than me.
I have been on many cruise's where I was able to just have a big purse (as my carry-on) and one bag, but theirs no way on a cruise I could just do a carry-on. And I don't even have kids. Where the heck would I put all my door decorations and what would I do with all the stuff I buy? Hubby is trying to get us down to just one checked bag (we aren't flying, so I think he is just wanting to to see if he can do it), but I am not leaving all my stuff behind to do this. I gotta have at least three pairs of shoes for goodness sake. LOL!

Oh and happy sailing!

peachygreen
11-10-2010, 07:59 AM
I think it would be a whole lot easier if your youngest was old enough to carry her own carry on.
I don't know what you might need for your child, but I know I couldn't do it right now. For us I have 2 girls ages 4 and 6 months. We are flying this weekend for a 5 day trip. I plan to check 1 bag and the car seats (thank goodness they don't charge me for those) and carry everything else on. I cfould probably carry everything but the car seats but it really is a hassle, especially trying to change plans in Atlanta. I know I can't get all my clothes and the babies clothes in one carry on and I just can't deal with trying to carry both through the airport. To simplfy life I am going to pack my clothes and both girls clothes into one large bag and check it and then DH can carry his carryon, I'll have a backpack with diapers, snacks etc and my DD can carry her bag with books and toys.

denas
11-10-2010, 08:15 AM
I would check one large bag. While you can do only carry-ons, it is a lot of work with little ones that you will already be carrying. You also don't really want to have to do so much laundry! You have probably paid a lot for your trip - paying an extra $50 ($25 each way to check one bag) to reduce so much stress seems worth it!!

Soccermom-Cheri
11-10-2010, 09:57 AM
After the "charge for bags" went into effect, I noticed quite a few people having to check "carry-ons" as they were too big even though they were sold as carry-on bags.

Personally, I would rather check my bigger bags so I can keep an eye on my kids. Airports are too busy for me.

And no way am I doing laundry on vacation ever again. Did it once and I was ticked off that the rest of the family was out doing something fun while I was in a sweaty laundry room. Just my opinions.

Anal Annie
11-10-2010, 10:40 AM
I have become more efficient at packing over the past couple of years (since I discovered packing folders and packing cubes) and we were able to go to WDW last March for 6 nights in carry-ons only. March weather was a tad cool so I packed for layers. We also have an Owners Locker waiting for us in FL with a lot of "junk" in it which helps lessen the packing by a lot. For our Med cruise next summer however I am planning on each of us having 1 carry-on & a "personal article" (small tote or backpack) and 1 large checked bag per person as most international airlines charge $50 now for a 2nd checked bag. We are planning on 4 nights in Paris and at least 3, maybe 4 nights in Barcelona + the 7 day cruise - so AT LEAST 14 nights total.

I SWEAR by rolling clothes and using packing folders & packing cubes. I recently bought 2 "international size" carry-on suitcases which are smaller than what our domestic airlines allow. They measure 21"x13.5x9.75 INCLUDING handles, outside pockets & wheels and they are only 6.5 Lbs empty as we will be limited to 26 Lbs pp for all of our carry-on items. That is considerably smaller & lighter than the typical 21" carry-on which is really more like 23"x14.5x10.5. Anyway, I did a "test pack" after I bought them to see how I could handle packing in them (Cheri - stop laughing - you know how anal I am!!) Using 1 large & 1 medium packing cube in addition to the compartments in the bag I was able to get 1 pr. of capris, 4 pr. of shorts, 7 short sleeve tops, 1 long sleeve & 1 3/4 length sleeve top, 1 strappy tank top, 1 pr. of PJ's, 3 pr. underwear, 1 bathing suit & a coverup, a sm. toiletry bag and 2 pr. of sandals into this dinky little carry-on and it only weighed 18 Lbs. :thumbsup2 That leaves me 8 Lbs for my purse, DSLR & a book before I hit 26 Lbs. I still have a little work to do on the plan but I was QUITE proud of this accomplishment. I could NOT do it without the packing system (cubes) to keep me organized. That said, I also could not live for 2 weeks on this if I had to plan nice attire for dinners on a cruise in addition to daytime clothing. I plan on bringing 2 pr. of the Switch Flops + several straps for my "dinner shoes".

If I were you, I would plan on each person having a carry-on plus I would go ahead & plan for having at least 1 large checked bag for the family to share. Otherwise you won't have any wiggle room for the return trip home for any souvies etc.:goodvibes

OurDogCisco
11-10-2010, 11:15 AM
I don't know if I could do it. It depends on what kind of traveler you are. But I take at least 3 pairs of shoes or more if I was going on a trip like yours. I would be taking flipflops; keens; tennis shoes & dress sandals for dinners. I could live with less clothes but what about toiletries like toothpaste, contact solution, tynelol for the kids, etc... I basically bring my entire medicine cabinet when I go on a cruise. Plus, you need suntan lotion. I think with carry-ons you'll end up buying all that stuff when you land as I'm not sure you take all that on with the liquid limits.

I do highly recommend the packing cubes, etc... Those really save space. We used in them for our Baltic cruise. We spent 5 nighs in London and 13 nights on the cruise. I had to pack more because of the weather and wouldn't you know it was the hottest it had ever been in a long time in Baltics. I packed few cool weather clothes but not enough and ended up doing laundry alot. But with your cruise you won't have that problem.

Anyways, another thing to consider is your carry-on bag size. I can't tell you how many times I see people struggle with lifting their bag to put in the overhead bin especially those roll on ones as they are way bulkier than you think. On our last trip the stewardess made the last family on board check their carry-on. It was obvious they were trying not to do that but they were the last to board and there just wasn't any more space. If you do a carry-on, a personal carry item and a backpack you could run into problems.

Or if you can fly Southwest as the 1st 2 bags are free.

tinytinkmom
11-13-2010, 10:37 PM
Thank you all for the great responses! We've decided we're going to give it a try...
I am truly the heaviest packer in our family, so if I cut back on the shoes and outfits, we should make it just fine! :rotfl:

We still have a few months to do a trial packing run - I'll have to let you all know if we survive this experience! :upsidedow

NancyIL
11-13-2010, 10:44 PM
My family of 5 traveled with carry-ons only for a 3-week land trip to Europe, but we didn't bring dressy clothes. I haven't tried doing so for a cruise.

ruadisneyfan2
11-13-2010, 10:53 PM
Anyone out there go on their DCL vacations with ONLY carry on baggage... With kids? :scared:
With the price of checked baggage fees, we are considering making the switch, but I don't know if we can make it work with a cruise... Our upcoming vacation is 5 days at Disneyland and then an MR cruise. We were planning on doing laundry at some point anyway, but I keep thinking about the dress up clothes and extra shoes for the cruise portion... Not to mention everything you need to travel with a 6 year old and a 1 & 1/2 year old!
Has anyone braved doing this???

No way. We have 2 garment bags just for dinner clothes for 4 of us. Another large bag for all 4 of our casual clothes: shorts, tshirts, etc, 3 sets for each of us. Also 1-2 smaller carryons for pirate gear, shoes (formal, casual dinner, sandals, flip flops and sneakers for all 4 of us.)
When the Phillies were in the World Series in 09, and it played on the big screen, ds10 wanted to bring jerseys, hats, etc.
I also must have my own hair dryer and an electric clock.
I dislike luggage fees too so we fly SWA down but suck it up and pay the fees to return on a participating airline so we can sign up for onboard check in. For PHL, that would be USAirways or Airtran.

atinkerbellmom
11-13-2010, 11:16 PM
For those of you who say you can do this; you need to make a thread and have it as a sticky here. You have the Magic. I do not know if we could get away with this for a 3 day cruise, not to mention a 7 day cruise and 5 days on land of the OP. You would have to for sure use the kids travel lite offer as I do not see packing for a toddler diapers and wipes and clothes in a carry-on. On a MR cruise you will have formal and semi formal wear not to mention shoes for these. Between day wear and evening wear, that is 14 outfits just for the cruise. What about toliet items? I guess all of the other sides you can purchase on the ship, but are you then saving any money? Now grant it, I do over pack and we are larger people, but I am freaking of how I can get everything down to two large bags at 50lbs for our up-coming trip. That is without the land portion. Now we do pack our own bucket for DD and leave it on the ship, pack our own laundry soap as to not want to purchase it on the ship; we pack every mdication that could be needed because it cost a lot on the ship and we carry all of our own shampoo (especially after sandy beach days) because we do not like using the onboard products on the kids that can burn eyes. I have to pack a hair dryer and curling iron or formal night pictures will be horrible. I also would worry about not being able to bring anything back. There will be no room. I also like the idea with checked baggage, that DCL handles your luggage for you and you never have to touch it. So carry on luggage, a purse with documents, busy bags for the kids for the airplane and a new toddler is just a lot.... I still am amazed at how you are going to get that many outfits and shoes into carry ons. Do you plan on not bringing back anything new? Please be sure the bags are able to fit into that 'little box" at the airport. I have seen soooo many people get ready to go through TSA and they say "no" leaving the passengers to pay for multiple small bags adding up to $200 when the could have spent $50 for two big ones.... Just be alert and careful.... Just let us know how you do it when you do. Please post pictures!

KKKKCS
11-13-2010, 11:38 PM
We only travel with carry on. Being in the airline business, we usually travel stand by and have become quite adept at "precision packing." If it doesn't fit in the carry ons, it stays home.

owensamo
11-14-2010, 06:02 AM
I want to try to fit the 3 of us (me, DH, DD9) into carry-ons only for our EBTA+5 nights in London trip next May. DH doesn't think it can be done, but the 2 of us managed to go to England for a week in 1 carry-on for *both* of us 10 years ago. I think we could pack for 3 of us in 3 carry-ons + 3 backpacks if we plan to do laundry on the ship! :rotfl:

We typically have 1 large bag and 1-2 carry-on-size bag along with assorted smaller bags, depending on the cruise. This is our 8th, so I think we're getting the hang of what we can and can't do. If it means being a little less dressy, I can cope with it. I just hate the idea of schlepping a lot of extra clothes and large bags along to London with us where we won't need them! I guess the hardest thing will be packing DH's suit. With 3-4 formal/Semi nights on a 14 night cruise, plus a London theater show, I can't imagine going without it.

mindy327
11-14-2010, 09:47 AM
Originally Posted by mindy327
but what does a person who only is packing a carry on packing list consist of?
I asked the same thing with the girls in our DISer group. This is what one of the girls said she is doing to take JUST CARRY ONS! It looks possible.

We're a family of five, here's how we do it in 5 carry ons

1. Each kid has a small back pack that we put toiletries (stows under seat on plane), brushes, socks, camera, fish extender gifts etc.

2. Carryon #1: ONE formal outfit for each, this fits 3 dresses, two suit jackets, shirts, ties and even shoes!

Carryon #2: Swimsuits/shorts/short sleeved shirts/pajamas/underwear for the two girls

Carryon #3: Shorts/shirts/swim stuff for son/husband

Carryon #4: My clothes, 3 pants, 5 shirts, pajamas, undergarments rolled really tightly.

Carryon #5: mostly shoes/miscellaneous in here..we keep this bag light so we can bring home goodies in it.

Hope this helps! We managed to do all carryon and one checked bag for our 10 night cruise in the Med...we really could have done without the checked bag..we learned to pack light and not spend so much of our vacation time packing back up on the return!

quentina
11-14-2010, 09:53 AM
Anyone out there go on their DCL vacations with ONLY carry on baggage... With kids? :scared:
With the price of checked baggage fees, we are considering making the switch, but I don't know if we can make it work with a cruise... Our upcoming vacation is 5 days at Disneyland and then an MR cruise. We were planning on doing laundry at some point anyway, but I keep thinking about the dress up clothes and extra shoes for the cruise portion... Not to mention everything you need to travel with a 6 year old and a 1 & 1/2 year old!
Has anyone braved doing this???

Yes, I have only checked bags 1 time in 15 trips and that was do to the FE gifts. I pack only what is needed...nothing more and I do wash. If I have a car, I stop and buy shampoo and toothpaste as it is cheaper than the travel sizes. Otherwise, I use what the hotel provides. DCL provides everything needed so, no reason to pack much.

I take purex sheets and do wash. A pain yes, however; if you wake up early and put them in the wash, they are done before breakfast.

PatsGirl
11-14-2010, 10:59 AM
My family travels mainly with carry-on only and have always done this (even before the rate increases) except for trips requiring winter wear (ski trips, etc.) which is just impossible. With carry-on we can pack for a 7-day vacation or cruise but anything longer than that requires a "laundry day". From the time my kids were old enough to wheel their own, they did. Truth is though that even on cruises our dressiest outfits include summer dresses which we can also wear to parks or shopping so they have diverse uses. We don't bring suits or cocktail dresses (we skip formal night for this reason).

DD and I will be going to SoCal for 17 days in April and I'm unsure what we'll do because we are flying SW and the bags are free but then again, they are heavy for me to get in and out of the car and hotels.

I think in your instance it is possible but will be difficult giving the toddler involved. Also, will you have diapers delivered to the hotel or are you packing them as well? At 18 months, won't you have to carry him/her at times, especially when tired or will you also be bringing a stroller? I think your best bet is to have one checked bag and carry-ons for just the adults.

KrisannB
11-14-2010, 11:24 AM
I want to try to fit the 3 of us (me, DH, DD9) into carry-ons only for our EBTA+5 nights in London trip next May. DH doesn't think it can be done, but the 2 of us managed to go to England for a week in 1 carry-on for *both* of us 10 years ago. I think we could pack for 3 of us in 3 carry-ons + 3 backpacks if we plan to do laundry on the ship! :rotfl:

We typically have 1 large bag and 1-2 carry-on-size bag along with assorted smaller bags, depending on the cruise. This is our 8th, so I think we're getting the hang of what we can and can't do. If it means being a little less dressy, I can cope with it. I just hate the idea of schlepping a lot of extra clothes and large bags along to London with us where we won't need them! I guess the hardest thing will be packing DH's suit. With 3-4 formal/Semi nights on a 14 night cruise, plus a London theater show, I can't imagine going without it.

A word of caution - in the US they may look at the size of the bag, BUT in europe often (not always and you never know when - even with the same airline) they actually weigh your carryon and it cannot be over a certain amount and they are picky! and it is not a lot of weight either so check your airline carefully for the rules, and make sure if you are booked through a US carrier you are not flying a partner over there as the one you are flying sets your rules.

We did both the EBTA and WBTA this past year and lets just say it was an experience!

We are getting ready to do a 4 day trip to WDW and a 5 night cruise with 2 nights after also. We will do one rolling duffle (with an extra bag tucked inside for just in case we need another bag coming home) for all our clothes for 3 of us, including formalwear and a small carry on each with a pop out "plane bag" - but our flight is only 2 hours.

Krisann

owensamo
11-14-2010, 01:09 PM
A word of caution - in the US they may look at the size of the bag, BUT in europe often (not always and you never know when - even with the same airline) they actually weigh your carryon and it cannot be over a certain amount and they are picky! and it is not a lot of weight either so check your airline carefully for the rules, and make sure if you are booked through a US carrier you are not flying a partner over there as the one you are flying sets your rules.

I know. We're looking at EasyJet for BCN->LON, so we're planning a test pack over Thanksgiving to see what our luggage weight would be so we can book the flights. Though we'll be in "carryons", we'll check 3-5 bags on that leg. We're flying American home, so that should be normal US rules.

Last time we flew to London was on Northwest, and didn't have any issues with luggage. EasyJet makes me nervous - but it's 1/2 the cost of any of the other options, and we could add a *lot* of extra weight with the difference! :)

KrisannB
11-14-2010, 03:24 PM
I know. We're looking at EasyJet for BCN->LON, so we're planning a test pack over Thanksgiving to see what our luggage weight would be so we can book the flights. Though we'll be in "carryons", we'll check 3-5 bags on that leg. We're flying American home, so that should be normal US rules.

Last time we flew to London was on Northwest, and didn't have any issues with luggage. EasyJet makes me nervous - but it's 1/2 the cost of any of the other options, and we could add a *lot* of extra weight with the difference! :)


It is not normally the getting from the US to europe that is an issue - it is getting around in europe OR getting home. Never seem to have a problem flying out of US = but coming home . . . .just make sure you are actually on American and not a "partner" - that is what killed us - booked delta, flew on Air France back to US - different rules than delta. and when we flew from Paris to the states it was the security people that made us go "pack" everything as we were carrying our coats and some food to eat in the gate and they said too much stuff, even though it all fit into our bags, it was all not contained in our bags (we put our coats on for the initial check, then took them off for screening) and let me say we were not the only ones having to do this.

Krisann

denas
11-14-2010, 04:50 PM
It is not normally the getting from the US to europe that is an issue - it is getting around in europe OR getting home. Never seem to have a problem flying out of US = but coming home . . . .just make sure you are actually on American and not a "partner" - that is what killed us - booked delta, flew on Air France back to US - different rules than delta. and when we flew from Paris to the states it was the security people that made us go "pack" everything as we were carrying our coats and some food to eat in the gate and they said too much stuff, even though it all fit into our bags, it was all not contained in our bags (we put our coats on for the initial check, then took them off for screening) and let me say we were not the only ones having to do this.

Krisann


When I flew to Australia in January, had the same thing happen - both to and from. I was 7 months pregnant, so brought my wheelie bag just to make it easier. All I had in it was my light weight laptop, book, sweatshirt, and one outfit so it was mostly empty. I still had to pack everything (book I was reading, etc) in the carryon and weigh it for them to ensure it was less than 15 pounds. They wandered through the terminal at LAX. I booked on American but they code share with Quantas.

mmmears
11-15-2010, 01:48 AM
We traveled earlier this year with only carry-ons. We've been doing this for years -- it has more to do with the wait time for baggage, not the extra charges. We did a 10-day WDW/DCL split. 2 adults, 1 child. 3 small carry-ons and no extra bags (like a purse, since I heard that AA was claiming they are carry-ons now).

The big trick is to wear your walking shoes (since they are the biggest), and only pack 1 (small) pair of dress shoes and a pair of flip flops. The rest just includes realizing that you don't need most of the stuff you plan to pack, and also thinking about coordinating outfits so you can mix and match. Also, don't take things you don't really need, and make sure that you don't take more of an item than you need -- if you downsize to travel-sized toiletries it really makes a difference. Every little tiny bit of space makes a difference.

When choosing what to pack, consider the folded size and weight of each item. For example, my DD and I did make sure to choose dresses (and other clothing items) that were small when packed.

We also use the packing envelopes and cubes (Eagle Creek) and that really helps keep things small and organized.

I'm really shocked to see how much luggage people travel with. We move so much faster since we're not burdened by all the suitcases. If you plan to do laundry anyway it really shouldn't be a problem, IMO.

In the end, we all had items that we never used on the trip, so we think we could have packed even better.

I hope some of this helps you. Good luck!



It is not normally the getting from the US to europe that is an issue - it is getting around in europe OR getting home. Never seem to have a problem flying out of US = but coming home . . . .just make sure you are actually on American and not a "partner" - that is what killed us - booked delta, flew on Air France back to US - different rules than delta. and when we flew from Paris to the states it was the security people that made us go "pack" everything as we were carrying our coats and some food to eat in the gate and they said too much stuff, even though it all fit into our bags, it was all not contained in our bags (we put our coats on for the initial check, then took them off for screening) and let me say we were not the only ones having to do this.

Krisann

Yikes! We're planning an overseas trip on AA with only carry-ons. If they weigh them we may be in trouble. Plus we generally wear our coats on the plane, especially since we get cold and I won't touch their unwashed blankets... AA says we can have one carry-on each, plus a "personal" item, like a purse... We're flying BA, also, but only inside Europe.

mmmears
11-15-2010, 01:55 AM
When I flew to Australia in January, had the same thing happen - both to and from. I was 7 months pregnant, so brought my wheelie bag just to make it easier. All I had in it was my light weight laptop, book, sweatshirt, and one outfit so it was mostly empty. I still had to pack everything (book I was reading, etc) in the carryon and weigh it for them to ensure it was less than 15 pounds. They wandered through the terminal at LAX. I booked on American but they code share with Quantas.

:eek: 15 pounds! That is ridiculous! Just the suitcases themselves weigh several pounds... It's getting to the point where I don't want to travel anymore.:sad2:

denas
11-15-2010, 07:05 AM
:eek: 15 pounds! That is ridiculous! Just the suitcases themselves weigh several pounds... It's getting to the point where I don't want to travel anymore.:sad2:

Unlike some, I HATE carrying stuff on board and trying to deal with it, so I take as little as possible. But I was pretty surprised by the 15 pounds. I travel for work, and am not allowed to check my computer, and always travel with one work-appropriate outfit just in case luggage doesn't arrive, but still! Fortunately, I was under that weight, but lots of people were in trouble! Plus, this was at our connection at LAX, so many people couldn't do anything about it (like add stuff to checked bags) at that point.

They were very diligent though. They spent an hour wandering through the terminal with about 5 agents checking out everyone with "suspect" bags and then again when you went through the line to board!

I thought it was just Australia, but last month my husband had the same thing happen to him in Germany - he was connecting through Germany on his way to Turkey. They made him check his carryon at that point because it was too heavy (although I am not sure what the weight was).

mkmommy
11-15-2010, 07:21 AM
I thought about doing carry on for our next Cruise, but I just got back from a trip and the battle for the overhead bins is terrible. I had boarding group 2, and by the time I got on the bins were full, with kids it is too much work I decided and will pay for luggage.

KingRichard
11-15-2010, 07:34 AM
For those of you who say you can do this; you need to make a thread and have it as a sticky here. You have the Magic. I do not know if we could get away with this for a 3 day cruise, not to mention a 7 day cruise and 5 days on land of the OP. You would have to for sure use the kids travel lite offer as I do not see packing for a toddler diapers and wipes and clothes in a carry-on. On a MR cruise you will have formal and semi formal wear not to mention shoes for these. Between day wear and evening wear, that is 14 outfits just for the cruise. What about toliet items? I guess all of the other sides you can purchase on the ship, but are you then saving any money? Now grant it, I do over pack and we are larger people, but I am freaking of how I can get everything down to two large bags at 50lbs for our up-coming trip. That is without the land portion. Now we do pack our own bucket for DD and leave it on the ship, pack our own laundry soap as to not want to purchase it on the ship; we pack every mdication that could be needed because it cost a lot on the ship and we carry all of our own shampoo (especially after sandy beach days) because we do not like using the onboard products on the kids that can burn eyes. I have to pack a hair dryer and curling iron or formal night pictures will be horrible. I also would worry about not being able to bring anything back. There will be no room. I also like the idea with checked baggage, that DCL handles your luggage for you and you never have to touch it. So carry on luggage, a purse with documents, busy bags for the kids for the airplane and a new toddler is just a lot.... I still am amazed at how you are going to get that many outfits and shoes into carry ons. Do you plan on not bringing back anything new? Please be sure the bags are able to fit into that 'little box" at the airport. I have seen soooo many people get ready to go through TSA and they say "no" leaving the passengers to pay for multiple small bags adding up to $200 when the could have spent $50 for two big ones.... Just be alert and careful.... Just let us know how you do it when you do. Please post pictures!

Wow I would think you could cut that in half by wearing things 2 times?

I know we won't be wearing our formals very long, just for the meal and then back to relaxing clothing.

Cloths shouldn't get dirty in 2 hours.

How much are the extra's on board verse paying $50 for a extra bag?

Anal Annie
11-15-2010, 08:13 AM
The odds are quite high that we will end up booking Air France for our entire Europe / Med trip next year. The cost of their flight from Paris to Barcelona is about $100 more than Easy Jet BUT at least I know we can comply with their carry-on rules with less concerns so it will be less likely that we have an issue with our luggage. After posting about luggage concerns on the DLP and Transportation boards I determined that the Air France regulations were quite likely to be enforced so I went ahead & bought 2 lightweight (5 Lb 8 oz) "international size" carryons that comply with their size guidelines when I found a good deal on them at TJ Maxx (for $30 less than on ebags for the same bag). Air France allows 26 Lbs TOTAL for the carryon AND "personal articles" combined and I plan to meet those guidelines so I don't have to worry. I will also be bringing a portable luggage scale.

I was once on an inter-island flight in Hawaii where the airline (Hawaiian Air) enforced a 26 Lb carryon rule. We each had a carryon & one was heavy to start with (empty) & was loaded down with all sorts of heavy stuff (this was after 9/11 but was just a few days before the 3 oz. liquid rule went into effect so the bags were heavy 'cuz we had full size sunscreens etc. We had 1 lightweight duffle that was packed with snacks & those squishy neck pillows etc. - the one bag was about 32 Lbs and the duffle was only about 16 Lbs - they made me dump everything out in the security line & RE-pack everything in order to get both bags under 26 Lbs. SAME stuff as before, SAME TOTAL amount of weight (48 Lbs) but re-packed & redistributed to comply with their 26 Lb rule. :sad2: Another time we were at the skycap at BWI checking in our luggage (flying on Air Tran) and one of the bags weighed 50 Lbs 5 oz and the guy said either take something OUT to get it to 50 Lbs EVEN or pay $25 for the over weight fee!! :eek: I pulled something out of one of the outside zipper pockets (a pair of DS's PJ's I think it was) and that did it but then I had to stuff them into a carryon. :sad2: Airllines CAN and DO enforce these rules all the time.

For any of you traveling to the Med next year here are links to a couple of "international size" carryons (I bought 2 of the Sausalito ones 'cuz that's the one I found at TJ Maxx for $60):

http://www.ebags.com/product/ricardo-beverly-hills/sausalito-superlite-free-wheelers-17-universal-wheelaboard/204899?productid=10110737

http://www.ebags.com/product/ricardo-beverly-hills/capistrano-light-20-17-universal-wheelaboard/140453?productid=1363191&rlid=detail&rcode=res10111505172890370792192

I believe they're both pretty much identical on the inside. One has the 4 "spinner" wheels & the other one (the Capstrano) is 1.5 Lbs heavier. (I saw the Capistrano at Kohl's.) We have an older set of Ricardo luggage that has held up for many, many flights - holds up very well - problem is our old stuff is too heavy for travel these days.

lmhall2000
11-15-2010, 08:14 AM
For those of you who say you can do this; you need to make a thread and have it as a sticky here. You have the Magic.

Nah, not really magic, just Rick Steves! :) He inspired me with his packing tips..you can find several videos on Youtube that shows what he packs for a 3 week tour of Europe...he is much lighter and only packs in a backpack! :)

We did a 10 night Med with carryons...
7 people, we all had one carryon...
divided luggage by stuff, suit jackets in one (just one per male) and dress pants/shirt (rewore the same, just changed out ties)
All shorts/swimsuits in another
All shoes/sandals in another (just 2 pair pp)
We also washed our clothes, but don't bring liquid detergent, buy the travel soap that has both soap/softener baked into a sheet that we put in a ziplock bag...wonderful stuff!
It was wonderful not having to carry large suitcases and being able to travel quickly...we also had each of us carry that small carryon (camera bag sized) which held our toothpastes/toiletries/hairbrushes etc/FE gifts/we packed one small duffle bag in a suitcase to bring back goodies with, but we found we really didn't need it...they just let us carry on a Disney bag in addition to our stuff..

It can be done, and you'll feel soo much better the night before when it's packing time, it only takes 30 minutes to get it all back in! :)

Tara

atinkerbellmom
11-15-2010, 08:41 AM
Nah, not really magic, just Rick Steves! :) He inspired me with his packing tips..you can find several videos on Youtube that shows what he packs for a 3 week tour of Europe...he is much lighter and only packs in a backpack! :)
Tara

I have to google this Rick guy... That is amazing... I know I do tend to overpack as I am a big planner. Also being a medical professional, I guess I tend to bring all of the "just in case" things with me. I am the cabin that everyone else runs to you know.:lmao: Our recent trip to the West Coast (only 7 days), I had two big checked bags weighing 49.7 pounds and 49.4 pounds & that was without toliet items which we brought at a Target there. Guess I better get to doing my homework. Now I do realize that we are large people and our clothes take up more room. My 12 year old kid is in a 13 shoe, the hubby a 15, my 8 yr old a 7, so our shoes alone take up a freakin suit case. Maybe you can do a packing video for me and place it on You Tube. I thought I was doing good with 2 luggage. I guess I also let the kids pack their carry on with things to keep them busy on the plane. I will have to start using that space I guess. We are actual people that leave the lap top at home and all of the extras too. SO I have to figure out what I am doing wrong. Teach me, teach me! I do guess my DD and I have a different outfit each night at dinner; just for the sake of pictures; but DH & DS do carry only 3 pair of pants each. Maybe we need to go to 2.:wizard:

Anal Annie
11-15-2010, 08:49 AM
For those of you who say you can do this; you need to make a thread and have it as a sticky here. You have the Magic. I do not know if we could get away with this for a 3 day cruise, not to mention a 7 day cruise and 5 days on land of the OP. You would have to for sure use the kids travel lite offer as I do not see packing for a toddler diapers and wipes and clothes in a carry-on. On a MR cruise you will have formal and semi formal wear not to mention shoes for these. Between day wear and evening wear, that is 14 outfits just for the cruise. What about toliet items? I guess all of the other sides you can purchase on the ship, but are you then saving any money? Now grant it, I do over pack and we are larger people, but I am freaking of how I can get everything down to two large bags at 50lbs for our up-coming trip. That is without the land portion. Now we do pack our own bucket for DD and leave it on the ship, pack our own laundry soap as to not want to purchase it on the ship; we pack every mdication that could be needed because it cost a lot on the ship and we carry all of our own shampoo (especially after sandy beach days) because we do not like using the onboard products on the kids that can burn eyes. I have to pack a hair dryer and curling iron or formal night pictures will be horrible. I also would worry about not being able to bring anything back. There will be no room. I also like the idea with checked baggage, that DCL handles your luggage for you and you never have to touch it. So carry on luggage, a purse with documents, busy bags for the kids for the airplane and a new toddler is just a lot.... I still am amazed at how you are going to get that many outfits and shoes into carry ons. Do you plan on not bringing back anything new? Please be sure the bags are able to fit into that 'little box" at the airport. I have seen soooo many people get ready to go through TSA and they say "no" leaving the passengers to pay for multiple small bags adding up to $200 when the could have spent $50 for two big ones.... Just be alert and careful.... Just let us know how you do it when you do. Please post pictures!

If you think you can't do a 3 night cruise in a carryon then you REALLY need to take 4 minutes to watch the Eagle Creek video that is linked on this packing folder page:

http://www.ebags.com/product/eagle-creek/pack-it-folder-15/147918?productid=10019022

The packing cubes & folders are THE BEST systems. We use the eBags brand of cubes & the Eagle Creek brand of folders. They are an incredible time saver, space saver and wrinkle reducer!!

NEXT you should look into some Switch Flops for yourself. Pick a couple pair of bottoms & a handful of different straps & you have an infinite combination of shoe options:

http://www.lindsay-phillips.com/switch-flops.aspx#shoe=lilly-black-sandal&strap=bianca-strap

Finally, you MUST learn to wear each bottom 2 times - you do NOT need 14 different outfits!!:sad2: You can definitely wear shorts & capris 2x each. Especially if you bring solid color basics & then you can jazz up your outfits with different tops & jewelry. You only wear your dinner clothes for a couple of hours so the bottoms are especially easy to wear 2x. For a 7 night cruise I am planning to bring 2 short dresses because they take up less room than longer ones & they are easier to pack (1 black for formal night & 1 something else for semi-formal night) and 3 pair of capri for the cruise casual night. One pair will be black & one pair white so I can simply wear them each 2x each with different tops. IF I get a spill on the white ones on night #1 then I'll just wear the black ones 3x. That's the nice thing about black - you can wear it with anything. I have another pair that is a fuschia paisley print that I plan to wear once to dinner & once to Palo for brunch - just with different tops. You can also plan to wear a top to dinner with capris and then again during the day with shorts. I mean, seriously, you only wear your dinner clothes for a couple of hours. If you plan to re-wear a few of your tops that will cut down too.


From post # 15 - I was able to get all of this into a 17" carryon:

Using 1 large & 1 medium packing cube in addition to the compartments in the bag I was able to get 1 pr. of capris, 4 pr. of shorts, 7 short sleeve tops, 1 long sleeve & 1 3/4 length sleeve top, 1 strappy tank top, 1 pr. of PJ's, 3 pr. underwear, 1 bathing suit & a coverup, a sm. toiletry bag and 2 pr. of sandals into this dinky little carry-on and it only weighed 18 Lbs. (Granted these items were "medium" or size 8's but still....efficient packing is an art form.) WATCH THAT VIDEO!!

(PS) I also bring a wide assortment of "what if" meds. If it's something that comes in a foil sleeve I just bring 1 sleeve of it (like some cold & sinus meds). If it's loose pills I generally know Advil from Excedrin from Immodium so I just put a few of each into one bottle. Enough to get by in an emergency. You don't need to bring a whole bottle of each. It's only for "what if".

denas
11-15-2010, 09:38 AM
Back to the OPs situation - with 4 people, she could easily get all of their stuff into 4 wheelies and 4 bacpacks, BUT 2 of those 4 are toddlers, so they can't wheel their own bags. Trying to wheel four bags, carry four backpacks, push a stroller and keep an eye on (or carry) 2 kids is pretty tough. Then, if they are NOT priority members/frequent flyers on whatever airline they are on and they are travelling either during very busy times or during times commonly travelled by business travellers (mornings and evening to/from major hubs) they may run the risk of not getting on the plane until there is a shortage of overhead space - which will force them to check their bags.

My kids can't use hotel soap (very sensitive skin) and have reactions to certain sunscreens. Having to buy those things on the ship (even if available) would cost us quite a bit - easily twice what I pay at home so that would be an extra 15-20 right there.

Finally, if this is a once-in-a-lifetime cruise for them (as it is for lots of people), they may WANT to wear 2 different dresses for formal nights or have the opportunity to bring 2 princess dresses and a pirate costume for their children. That is part of the Disney experience. If they have already paid 2-3000 for this cruise and the "cost" of saving $50 means no princess dresses/formal clothes/etc I wouldn't think it was worth it. I can pack everything for five of us into two small bags, but I usually check them and only bring 1 carry-on, and one backpack (diaper bag/toys for baby and reading material/purse for me all fit in it) for the adults and my 2 older kids bring a back-pack. This allows us to bring princess clothes and my husbands military uniform which he wants to wear for formal night since this is his "retirement" cruise and the last opportunity for formal picvs. I woulnd't want to skimp to save $50 and miss these moments. We are paying for 2 cabins for our family of 5 and my in-laws so have spent clost to 8,000 and I just can't see saving a little on checked bag fees and missing out on doing something we really want to do:cool1:

I think the OP should not only practice packing the bags, but practice moving everyone with said bags around the block/taking off shoes/loading and off-loading into a car trunk to simulate the x-ray machine/etc to see if it will really work!! Hubby and I are very experienced travellers and each travel 10-12 times a year for work, but travelling with kids who aren't mobile is difficult!!!

jodifla
11-15-2010, 09:47 AM
Anyone out there go on their DCL vacations with ONLY carry on baggage... With kids? :scared:
With the price of checked baggage fees, we are considering making the switch, but I don't know if we can make it work with a cruise... Our upcoming vacation is 5 days at Disneyland and then an MR cruise. We were planning on doing laundry at some point anyway, but I keep thinking about the dress up clothes and extra shoes for the cruise portion... Not to mention everything you need to travel with a 6 year old and a 1 & 1/2 year old!
Has anyone braved doing this???

what about diapers for a 1.5 year old. You have to take them all, and plan on taking many more than you need, just in case. Also, what about medicine?

When you are out on the middle of the ocean you are pretty isolated. You have to bring EVERYTHING you need, so I would pack at least one big checked suitcase containing plenty diapers, cold medicines and the like.

atinkerbellmom
11-15-2010, 10:25 AM
what about diapers for a 1.5 year old. You have to take them all, and plan on taking many more than you need, just in case. Also, what about medicine?

When you are out on the middle of the ocean you are pretty isolated. You have to bring EVERYTHING you need, so I would pack at least one big checked suitcase containing plenty diapers, cold medicines and the like.

Yes, I brought that up in my very 1st post very 1st line. The diapers AND wipes an issue. I asked the OP if she was going to purchase the "baby lite" program, but she has not answered. Not to mention the "baby on the plane survival pack." When my kiddos were in diapers. we did not have the program, so I do not know details about it. I do not know if her others are in pull-ups at night, but that is even more packing. I also mentioned managing kids that small in an airport with all of those carry-ons, not to mention through TSA. I also mentioned cameras & purses too. So, it was all broguht up just has not been answered by the OP. I know when my DD was a toddler, we carried wipes and actually ran out due to her bowel pattern changing while on the ship. We had to buy them in Mexico (cheaper than on the ship) and they still cost us a price :scared1: I guess the POCs realize you will pay the inflated rate for something like diaper wipes.:upsidedow

jodifla
11-16-2010, 08:09 AM
Yes, I brought that up in my very 1st post very 1st line. The diapers AND wipes an issue. I asked the OP if she was going to purchase the "baby lite" program, but she has not answered. Not to mention the "baby on the plane survival pack." When my kiddos were in diapers. we did not have the program, so I do not know details about it. I do not know if her others are in pull-ups at night, but that is even more packing. I also mentioned managing kids that small in an airport with all of those carry-ons, not to mention through TSA. I also mentioned cameras & purses too. So, it was all broguht up just has not been answered by the OP. I know when my DD was a toddler, we carried wipes and actually ran out due to her bowel pattern changing while on the ship. We had to buy them in Mexico (cheaper than on the ship) and they still cost us a price :scared1: I guess the POCs realize you will pay the inflated rate for something like diaper wipes.:upsidedow

Yes, I think this is a deal killer for traveling with only carry-ons when you have very smaller children and are on a cruise.

lmhall2000
11-16-2010, 08:28 AM
Yes, I brought that up in my very 1st post very 1st line. The diapers AND wipes an issue.

We have three children, we traveled by airplane 7 times before they were 4...(had three children in 4 years...so we know about diapers) Literally all the diapers/wipes we needed for a week were in our diaper bag...no problem...the new diapers they make now are soooo compact that you can easily fit a two pack in a diaper bag that will hold 150 diapers...it's not hard, really...they take about as much space as 4 pairs of my husband's size 11 shoes and my 6'1 15 year old's size 13 shoes...

On all the fancy dresses and stuff, each of our girls had 3 formal dresses each (they're 11 & 12)...I had 2 dresses and just a change of scarf or something, but my dresses were the travel kinds that can fit in a can of soup if you really tried...the dress retailed for over $200, and I got it for under $10 on clearance at Sierra Trading Post...they have a lot of travel type clothes as does Travel Smith...it can be done, but the packers have to be willing and savvy...there will always be those families that have 10 suitcases for 4 people...I just don't want to be one of them! :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ird4DF5fgHE&feature=related

Pack light and enjoy! :)
Tara

mkmommy
11-16-2010, 08:43 AM
If the bins are full and you have to check the bags in do you still have to pay?


Flight I was on Sunday had about 20 people that had to check carry on bags as the bins were full.

denas
11-16-2010, 10:01 AM
If the bins are full and you have to check the bags in do you still have to pay?


Flight I was on Sunday had about 20 people that had to check carry on bags as the bins were full.

Usually yes. The exception may be if they have enough room to put it where they store the strollers/wheelchairs and you can still pick it up plane side. And it is $25 per bag REGARDLESS of how big the bag is, so if you have to check your 4 wheelies it will be $100. I think this is becoming more common. On most flights I have been on recently, all of the platinum/high priority members get on first and will easily fill the majority of the space. Hubby and I usually travel on airlines where we are priority boarding people and we still have seen the overheads above our seats already containing 1-2 wheelies. (We don't rush on the plane at first call, but do tend to board before they have finished calling "group 1") There is only enough space (usually) for half of the people on the plane to actually put a wheelie bag in the overheads!!

OurDogCisco
11-16-2010, 10:55 AM
We have three children, we traveled by airplane 7 times before they were 4...(had three children in 4 years...so we know about diapers) Literally all the diapers/wipes we needed for a week were in our diaper bag...no problem...the new diapers they make now are soooo compact that you can easily fit a two pack in a diaper bag that will hold 150 diapers...it's not hard, really...they take about as much space as 4 pairs of my husband's size 11 shoes and my 6'1 15 year old's size 13 shoes...

On all the fancy dresses and stuff, each of our girls had 3 formal dresses each (they're 11 & 12)...I had 2 dresses and just a change of scarf or something, but my dresses were the travel kinds that can fit in a can of soup if you really tried...the dress retailed for over $200, and I got it for under $10 on clearance at Sierra Trading Post...they have a lot of travel type clothes as does Travel Smith...it can be done, but the packers have to be willing and savvy...there will always be those families that have 10 suitcases for 4 people...I just don't want to be one of them! :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ird4DF5fgHE&feature=related

Pack light and enjoy! :)
Tara
Hope I'm not sitting next to that's toddler's parent on my next flight. I couldn't believe it but on our flight from London to the US this family came on board they were the last to board. They had a roll-on that was definitely seatcase size. Anyways, they were forced to check-it. It was their only bag. So, we had to wait for them to pull out the baby's diapers and wipes, etc... but they didn't pull out any food or toys or blankets. Nothing. At that moment I knew I was in for a long flight. The kid cried the entire time out of bordom. Anyways, the baby was a lap baby. Since it was a lap baby you do not get any food. She was probably 1 1/2 years old. So, the poor thing was crying and hungry and all they fed her was milk for the entire 9 to 10 hour flight.

But seriously with a toddler I'd check at least one bag. I couldn't fly with out snacks and toys and wipes. I also brought extra with my toddlers. I even brought new stuff just to keep them entertained. I also like to bring benydril, motrin, etc... Plus, I couldn't imagine trying to handle all the bags with a toddler. I think, yes we can all pack lighter but at what expense and who's expense.

Good luck!!! You'll have to let us know how you did.

Minniemiss
11-17-2010, 09:31 AM
Has anyone used this handy looking device?

http://www.luggage.com/asp/show_detail.asp?sku=JF1070

Anal Annie
11-17-2010, 09:41 AM
Has anyone used this handy looking device?

http://www.luggage.com/asp/show_detail.asp?sku=JF1070

Several of our pieces came with straps that allow you to do just this. We have done it - before DS was big enough to help much. Problem is that when you STOP MOVING everything is weighted to that end & sort of falls down if you don't hold still in one set position & it can become hard to pick up & get moving again. I think it's only practical to really use on a couple of pieces at a time. Just my personal experience. I'd rather stack UP than OUT.

Minniemiss
11-17-2010, 04:04 PM
Several of our pieces came with straps that allow you to do just this. We have done it - before DS was big enough to help much. Problem is that when you STOP MOVING everything is weighted to that end & sort of falls down if you don't hold still in one set position & it can become hard to pick up & get moving again. I think it's only practical to really use on a couple of pieces at a time. Just my personal experience. I'd rather stack UP than OUT.

Thanks!.

We would be connecting two suitcases.

tinytinkmom
05-14-2011, 09:56 AM
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Bec3b1g
05-14-2011, 11:45 AM
We're a family of 6 and only take carryons. My kids are older, though. My youngest is 7 and she can handle her own luggage.

To answer some of your questions, the kids all know that they need to make it fit in their carryons or it doesn't come. I'll admit, getting through security is a hassle since everyone has one small suitcase and a personal item. I usually have one person in charge of the liquids that are placed in small bags. DH gets put in charge of all the electronics. We don't bring sunscreen, which means you have to buy it at the destination. But I'd have to buy it anyway so it isn't an additional cost. You can get small travel sizes of contact lense solution, hairspray, etc. for cheap at Target.

I'm a frequent traveler so have an arsenal of travel worthy clothes that can be mixed and matched to look dressy or casual. This allows me to bring relatively few clothing items. I go light on shoes. I tend to wear boots on the flight since I can wear them with dresses or pants. Because of the bulkiness of coats or hoodies for the kids, we wear them to the airport to avoid packing. Most places we go to have laundry facilities or we stay in condos.

We travel overseas and domestically and we've always made the carryons work. I can't imagine coming home to face even more laundry than what can fit in the carryons. I hate post-trip unpacking!

And to the person that asked what happens if all the overhead bins are full......this happened to us on our recent trip to China. They had me gate check my carryon since we were one of the last to board. There wasn't an additional cost, but I wasn't happy being separated from my bag since it had essential medications. This was my first time on Delta and they didn't immediately return it on arrival. It showed up with the other checked luggage. I've gate checked in the past and this was unusual.

ruadisneyfan2
05-14-2011, 12:19 PM
We're a family of 6 and only take carryons. My kids are older, though. My youngest is 7 and she can handle her own luggage.

To answer some of your questions, the kids all know that they need to make it fit in their carryons or it doesn't come. I'll admit, getting through security is a hassle since everyone has one small suitcase and a personal item. I usually have one person in charge of the liquids that are placed in small bags. DH gets put in charge of all the electronics. We don't bring sunscreen, which means you have to buy it at the destination. But I'd have to buy it anyway so it isn't an additional cost. You can get small travel sizes of contact lense solution, hairspray, etc. for cheap at Target.

I'm a frequent traveler so have an arsenal of travel worthy clothes that can be mixed and matched to look dressy or casual. This allows me to bring relatively few clothing items. I go light on shoes. I tend to wear boots on the flight since I can wear them with dresses or pants. Because of the bulkiness of coats or hoodies for the kids, we wear them to the airport to avoid packing. Most places we go to have laundry facilities or we stay in condos.

We travel overseas and domestically and we've always made the carryons work. I can't imagine coming home to face even more laundry than what can fit in the carryons. I hate post-trip unpacking!

And to the person that asked what happens if all the overhead bins are full......this happened to us on our recent trip to China. They had me gate check my carryon since we were one of the last to board. There wasn't an additional cost, but I wasn't happy being separated from my bag since it had essential medications. This was my first time on Delta and they didn't immediately return it on arrival. It showed up with the other checked luggage. I've gate checked in the past and this was unusual.

They would not give you a minute to take your meds out?
I've never shopped at Target so I don't know how their prices compare but I do love this site:
http://www.minimus.biz/default.aspx
I just make sure I buy $20 at a time and it lasts multiple trips or share an order with my parents. :goodvibes

Bec3b1g
05-14-2011, 12:22 PM
They would not give you a minute to take your meds out?
I've never shopped at Target so I don't know how their prices compare but I do love this site:
http://www.minimus.biz/default.aspx
I just make sure I buy $20 at a time and it lasts multiple trips or share an order with my parents. :goodvibes

They did, but I was caught off guard and was more concerned about pulling out the kindle and snacks for the 12+ hour flight that I totally forgot about the meds.....only to remember after it was too late....only to worry about it during the flight :)

ruadisneyfan2
05-14-2011, 01:19 PM
They did, but I was caught off guard and was more concerned about pulling out the kindle and snacks for the 12+ hour flight that I totally forgot about the meds.....only to remember after it was too late....only to worry about it during the flight :)
gotcha :thumbsup2 :goodvibes

kahtrav
11-12-2011, 05:02 PM
Ok - this thread is a little old, but I'm going to try getting it to the top again. We travel annually for 6+ weeks at a time with just a carry-on (Eagle Creek) and a smaller backpack as a personal item (see below for more details). The first time we added a cruise, we took another roller duffle and it was way more trouble than it was worth - haven't done that again. We basically take 4 days worth of clothes and hand wash daily with a weekly laundry time and one dressy outfit (not really formal, but it works).

Our upcoming Disney cruise includes 5 adults and 2 grandchildren (age 6&7). They will each have a rolling carry-on (with booster seat attached) and their school backpacks. We will stop at Walmart in Cocoa before we get to the hotel to get sunscreen since we can't take large bottles with us.

Having cruised several times, I'm really not into giving over our soft cases to the baggage people at Disney (or anywhere else) to end up crunched at the bottom of the luggage carts. Can we carry our bags onto the ship? I know we'll need to hang on to them until rooms are ready, which is a hassle, but we can deal with that. Will we be allowed to do that if they'll fit through the security (have to fit to get on the plane anyway)?

OurDogCisco
11-12-2011, 05:13 PM
Ok - this thread is a little old, but I'm going to try getting it to the top again. We travel annually for 6+ weeks at a time with just a carry-on (Eagle Creek) and a smaller backpack as a personal item (see below for more details). The first time we added a cruise, we took another roller duffle and it was way more trouble than it was worth - haven't done that again. We basically take 4 days worth of clothes and hand wash daily with a weekly laundry time and one dressy outfit (not really formal, but it works).

Our upcoming Disney cruise includes 5 adults and 2 grandchildren (age 6&7). They will each have a rolling carry-on (with booster seat attached) and their school backpacks. We will stop at Walmart in Cocoa before we get to the hotel to get sunscreen since we can't take large bottles with us.

Having cruised several times, I'm really not into giving over our soft cases to the baggage people at Disney (or anywhere else) to end up crunched at the bottom of the luggage carts. Can we carry our bags onto the ship? I know we'll need to hang on to them until rooms are ready, which is a hassle, but we can deal with that. Will we be allowed to do that if they'll fit through the security (have to fit to get on the plane anyway)? Yes, you can carry your bags on if they fit through the scanner thingy. I'm assuming yours would since you are taking them on the plane. I believe the rooms open up at about 1:30 pm or so.