Luggage Advice

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  1. Thumper43

    Thumper43 Mouseketeer

    Mar 5, 2007
    What type of luggage do you recommend for flying with a famiy of 4- my husband, myself, 5 year old & 16 month old? we will be staying at Disney the night before the cruise and will be checking luggage. It's a 7 night cruise. I want to make packing as easy as possible!!
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  3. DahliaRW

    DahliaRW DIS Veteran

    Jul 17, 2008
    I don't have suitcase specific ideas, but definitely something that rolls, and make sure you don't exceed the weight limit for checked baggage.

    But I will recommend packing cubes. They are fantastic for organizing things within luggage. I use them when we travel, one or two for each child, then for the grownups (bigger clothes) one for pants and one for shirts each plus smaller ones for socks and underwear. With the kids stuff I roll an outfit together before packing as well, so it's easy to pull one days worth of clothes out.

    When we travel we just use carryons. If we need to travel light, we'll used 2-3 carry on rollerbags. If we have more room, we each have a carryon size bag (my boys, 9 and 6 have rolling duffels, my daughter, 4, has a rolling suitcase and my husband and I each have a rolling suitcase - all carry on size). Then we each wear a back pack for personal things, like books, toys, etc.
  4. yukongirl123

    yukongirl123 DIS Lurker

    Oct 8, 2008
    Also I would put some of each persons clothing in different suitcase just in case a suitcase gets lost. One cruise, I had to make do with items from the onboard gift store to wear, while my son was very well dressed!
  5. Thumper43

    Thumper43 Mouseketeer

    Mar 5, 2007
    Oh! So these packing cubes are not the actual suitcase, they are more of an organization item for your suitcase! They really save that much room in the suitcase??
  6. 3Down1Up

    3Down1Up Mouseketeer

    Mar 20, 2008
    On our last cruise we used a gigantic suitcase, trying to minimize our number of checked baggage so we wouldn't be charged for multiple checked bags. But the big suitcase was so big that it was over the weight limit and we were facing an oversize baggage fee. So the challenge with a family and a long cruise is finding a balance between carry-ons versus checked, and getting all your stuff in suitcases while avoiding baggage fees if you can. I don't know the perfect solution

    I will be packing this weekend for five for two weeks in Europe. I have been thinking about suitcases WAY too much! :laughing:
  7. Thumper43

    Thumper43 Mouseketeer

    Mar 5, 2007
    Good point. I'm going to ship diapers and such. I honestly found on our last cruise, my family pretty much wore bathing suits the whole time so I'm trying to keep that in mind i will limit the shoes as well!!
  8. lanejudy

    lanejudy Moderator Moderator

    Oct 27, 2011
    I suggest packing an overnight bag for your first night. That way you don't need to open or touch what's packed for the cruise.

    Enjoy your cruise!
  9. firepuppy

    firepuppy Registered

    Jan 10, 2014
    When my son was younger we did just want you are doing. The one thing that helped me was in our carry on (1 rolling suitcase and 1 backpack) for each was our clothes for the park and going to the ship. Then in the 2 big suitcases we both got was all our clothes for the ship. I never needed to open the big ones till the ship that was great. Roll everything and you can stuff your extra shoes with small items and they will take up the same space in your suitcase.:confused3
  10. CruznLexi

    CruznLexi DIS Veteran

    Mar 20, 2005
    I use LL bean duffles. They are hardy and never have gotten lost knock on wood. One RCI a cabin steward told me that they can really stack them as well as suitcases so they seem to get priority.
  11. jdb in AZ

    jdb in AZ <font color=green>It could end up curdled<br><font

    Feb 11, 2011
    I thought of buying a nice leather garment bag but the largest one weighed over 20 lbs, and I figured it would go over the weight limit before all our clothes were packed. So I opted for the medium size, which is working well for us. As we get older, we also have to protect the creaky backs while hefting large luggage as well. Even tho the luggage is on wheels, we still have to lift it onto the bed for packing/unpacking, into the trunk of our car on the way to the airport, etc.

    Also, we juggle clothes around on our trips -- the dirty clothes end up in one suitcase, and souvenirs find their way into our bags, so it's hard to guesstimate how much weight we're packin in each suitcase. We bought a small hand-held luggage scale, which has helped immensely. Not all airport scales calibrate the same so we allow a few pounds leeway, just in case.

    My largest case is soft-sided and it's lighter weight than DH's hard-side, but it hasn't been as durable as I'd like, so next time I'll probably go back to hard-side. Most suitcases these days have zipper closures and are less apt to catch on luggage carousels and other hazards than old cases with protruding latches. We've had more than enough problems with sprung/ruined latches that just won't stay closed.

    Our travel agent recommends just buying inexpensive luggage, because she knows she's just going to replace it sooner or later anyway.
  12. ash-n-brensmom

    ash-n-brensmom DIS Veteran

    Aug 12, 2008
    This is what we have the way they roll so easily, we can fit lots without going over the weight limits...and they are funky prints that stand out in the carousel. Plus...they are lifetime guaranteed!
  13. DLW8

    DLW8 DIS Veteran

    Jun 3, 2008
    We are a family of 4 (kids are now almost 13). We pack/check 2 large suitcases with our stuff. Inside we also have an extra bag that is folded flat (we always have more stuff to bring home!)

    DH packs a smaller rolling carryon and puts it inside a slightly larger one. The larger one will be used to carry alcohol on to the ship.

    I have a backpack and a rolling carryon as well, and the kids each have a backpack.

    As others have suggested, in the carry on is what we will wear onto the ship the next day (we fly in the night before) so we don't have to go through the big suitcases.

    When you board the ship, unless you are boarding after 1:30, you won't be able to get into your room, so keep that in mind. To bring ON the ship, we have my backpack and the rolling carryon of adult beverages. Everything else we have brought directly to the room.
  14. Club Disney Chandler

    Club Disney Chandler Mouseketeer

    Jun 18, 2013
    If money isn't a huge issue I recommend buying travelpro luggage. It has a magic way of connecting up to 4 suitcases together and is absolutely effortless to walk with. You can literally pull all 4 bags behind you with 1 finger. It's amazing. We also use ebags to put all our stuff in to organize our stuff. Each of us have a different color ebag set to easily unpack
  15. storknurse13

    storknurse13 Mouseketeer

    Dec 26, 2013
    My advise is to pack what you think you need, then take half of that out. Then take only 1/4 of what's left! This is coming from experience because I used to way over pack! And we have three kids! Remember there are washer and dryers on the ship!
  16. sweetpee_1993

    sweetpee_1993 DIS Veteran

    Nov 10, 2008
    Eagle Creek makes a compression packing cube. Those could save space. Flight 001 makes packing cubes that have vents in the sides so you can compress & zip. I like the Flight 001 cubes because they are double sided with a clean & laundry side. I just got my first one this week to check it out. They're pricy so I wanted to be able to see the construction of one before I invest in more. Very sturdy. I'm impressed.

    I want to get packing cubes before my next trip. I really like the idea of the simplicity of unpacking: remove packing cube & place in drawer. Done.

    If $$ were no object I'd get 2 of the Flight 001 hard side carryon size cases in pink. I want to be able to collect stickers and things on my travels and cover them. Kinda old school style. ;)
  17. BerardFam

    BerardFam Mouseketeer

    Feb 16, 2014
    We were on the 15 night Panama Cruise last month (we are a family of 5 with the little one (2 years old) still in diapers). Honestly, I just packed what I wanted and didn't concern myself too much with overpacking. Between bringing diapers, wipes, snacks, formal dresses, princess dresses, shoes etc for 3 girls, we wound up with 7 checked backs and 3 carry ons. But we pretty much used everything. And, if you book the transfer through Disney, we didn't worry about the checked bags at all, they went from the porter at the airport to the porter at Disney. My husband was nervous with the all the bags, but in the end, it wasn't a big deal. And, there was plenty of room in the family verandah room to store all the luggage :-)
  18. ocspartan

    ocspartan DIS Veteran

    Jul 23, 2013
    I will say that packing cubes do help you save space when packing, but you actually don't need to invest in the actual cubes to save on cost. It's really about tight packing/rolling your clothes to minimize the air in between clothes and to fit that them down to common shapes so that they fit in your luggage better.

    Also one down side I've found with the travel cubes is that while they work great when you are packing all clean clothes from home, it tends to be a challenge to fit the exact same clothes back into the exact same way b/c some items are clean some are dirty, etc....

    I would suggest the FuL rolling duffel bags, they combine the space of a duffel, a hard shell bottom, and rolling wheels. but the biggest thing is that they are light. Regardless of what bags you get you want to minimize the weight in the bag as much as possible. Also as others have suggested be realistic in your packing, saw a study that said average travelers return home with 6 clean unworn outfits.
  19. squirrel

    squirrel DIS Veteran<font color=deeppink>

    Aug 19, 1999
    I love the ziplock trick that was mentioned on the boards. I've been doing it for years now.

    Pack up a complete set of clothes for each child and place them in a ziplock bag. Makes getting dressed each day very easy.

    I don't do this with my clothes but I do put all my socks in one ziplock and all my underwear in another.

    I've taken my nieces (one at a time) to WDW for quite a few years. They have always pulled along a suitcase. I gave them the smaller carry on sized one. Do mix up the clothing between bags. I had a direct flight and the one with my niece's clothes got left and then sent to another airport and who knows where before it made it to Orlando almost 24 hours after we landed. Thankfully, I had one complete change of clothes for our first park day, which was the day it arrived in our room at Pop Century.
  20. Shuherk

    Shuherk Earning My Ears

    Mar 26, 2014
    Zip locks are great, us old military guys have been doing that for years to keep stuff dry. Pack each bag with shirt, socks and underware. Larger bags hold one uniform each.
  21. Ravenne

    Ravenne queen is never late Everyone else is simply early

    Jun 19, 2011
    I did the ziploc bags as well and it worked out very well. I looked into the packing cubes but it wasn't suitable for me as it was more for organization rather than space, and space was what I truly needed as I was packing all 4 of us strictly on carry-ons to avoid checked bag fees. Thus the ziplocs worked out beautifully because I was able to squeeze the air out of them and made them super compact. I went through a heck of a lot of ziploc bags but it sure was convenient.

    My kids are a little older than OP's so they were able to pull/push their own rolling luggage. I got the hard case Ricardo luggage from Costco and LOVE them. They held up very well and super easy to maneuver even for the little ones.

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