Comments on: Travel Advice http://www.designmom.com/2014/06/travel-advice/ The Intersection of Design & Motherhood Fri, 24 Oct 2014 04:48:18 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.1 By: Julia http://www.designmom.com/2014/06/travel-advice/comment-page-1/#comment-939375 Julia Fri, 20 Jun 2014 04:14:52 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=48450#comment-939375 I’ve always insisting on bringing my own carry-on, packing as much as humanly possibly on a tiny suitcase, to avoid 1) getting my bag lost and 2) surcharges. But last week it was my very first trip alone after having my baby and I had just read this blog post… which made me think of how inconvenient it is to tot a bag and a backpack through airport security, through airports and gates… So I decided to give it a try and I loved it! I was able to bring a lot of different outfits, even my flat iron and some cosmetics that I never bring because they’d exceed the liquid quota. I felt so free walking through and I loved having a lot of dresses, jewelry, etc. Traveling with babies is a whole different world, though…! thanks for the tips :)

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By: TC http://www.designmom.com/2014/06/travel-advice/comment-page-1/#comment-933212 TC Tue, 10 Jun 2014 21:52:30 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=48450#comment-933212 I love to check my baggage, but one time while I was traveling from Nashville to SF, a huge storm came through the west and my plane ended up diverting, then finally made it to Denver at 1 in the morning. I had missed my connection and wasn’t able to get a flight out for TWO days because of the storm. My baggage, however, had not been unloaded and therefore still was traveling to SF. I had nothing but the business casual clothes on my back and it was….really awful. Because of that experience, I will never check my baggage again. Plus, as someone who travels with a lot of layovers, I frequently have to change flight plans midflight. If I’ve checked my luggage, I sometimes can’t do that, so that is another benefit of carrying-on.

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By: Emily http://www.designmom.com/2014/06/travel-advice/comment-page-1/#comment-933035 Emily Tue, 10 Jun 2014 16:33:10 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=48450#comment-933035 my husband and I are headed to France for two weeks (tooling around the whole of the Northern region, with a few days in Paris)–what fiction should we read??

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By: amy e http://www.designmom.com/2014/06/travel-advice/comment-page-1/#comment-932311 amy e Mon, 09 Jun 2014 18:42:47 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=48450#comment-932311 When in the US, I try to fly only Southwest if they are heading to my destination since they allow one checked bag for free. Then, like you, I carry on a tote or backpack with flight essentials as well as meds, etc. Having said that, if it is a quick overnight trip, I do have a small bag that works when I want to carry on only. :)

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By: Sonya http://www.designmom.com/2014/06/travel-advice/comment-page-1/#comment-932179 Sonya Mon, 09 Jun 2014 13:36:00 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=48450#comment-932179 Ha, this is so timely. I was in LA and Paso Robles Thursday through Sunday (last night) and I carried on going there, to save money, and checked my bag going back because I had a bottle of wine in it. I have to say that I love dropping that bag off and not having to schlep it through security or worry about it fitting into the overhead compartment. I also felt so unburdened just wearing a cross-body purse through the airport. No sore neck or shoulder from hauling a bag around. I am firmly in “Camp Bag Check”!

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By: Ann http://www.designmom.com/2014/06/travel-advice/comment-page-1/#comment-931928 Ann Mon, 09 Jun 2014 03:00:02 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=48450#comment-931928 I like Mr. Bourdain too. I may have a slight crush on him. I carry-on with a backpack and I check if it’s more than a weekend.

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By: Lauren http://www.designmom.com/2014/06/travel-advice/comment-page-1/#comment-931888 Lauren Mon, 09 Jun 2014 01:48:04 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=48450#comment-931888 There are certainly a lot of (not so nice) tradeoffs with my husband in the military, but free checked bags for personal travel is pretty amazing. We are pretty light packers anyway, but it’s still nice to throw our clothes and shoes in a bag (we usually combine our stuff) and let someone else handle it. I hate fighting for overhead bin space. We do still take toiletries and a clean shirt in a small backpack though. Always good to be prepared. :)

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By: Pam http://www.designmom.com/2014/06/travel-advice/comment-page-1/#comment-931211 Pam Sat, 07 Jun 2014 14:46:34 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=48450#comment-931211 I’ve traveled overseas with 6 kids for a month with only a backpack for each of us. I’ve also traveled with kids to Europe for several months at a time, several times, with checked luggage only–1 bag each. I like both methods. It depends on my destination, as to which I choose. If I am going to travel via lots of public transportation–for instance, London-we prefer carryon baggage only. When we are traveling to locations without public transportation–for instance, Eastern Europe, I take all checked luggage. I do always carryon my electronics, my makeup, and a change of underwear and shirt for everyone, just in case.

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By: Starr http://www.designmom.com/2014/06/travel-advice/comment-page-1/#comment-930893 Starr Sat, 07 Jun 2014 00:15:31 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=48450#comment-930893 My duffel bag was delivered by a nice man this morning. It was only missing for two days. My understanding is that it didn’t leave Manchester, England, the same day I did and then took a detour to Atlanta because it wanted some more solo adventures.

Seriously, I am so glad that I put a spare shirt in my carry-on, because you can wear jeans for a couple of days without difficulty, but shirts don’t last forever.

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By: Hayley http://www.designmom.com/2014/06/travel-advice/comment-page-1/#comment-930852 Hayley Fri, 06 Jun 2014 22:26:32 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=48450#comment-930852 I know what you mean!! Everyone and their dog seems to be carrying on, but for some reason, when I try to, they ALWAYS tell me it’s too big to go in the overhead bin and make me gate check it. Then I get irate when I sit down and see all the bags BIGGER than mine, yet I now have to wait on baggage claim. Happened on an overseas flight, when I strategically packed for a week in a carryon. I could have had more outfits if I had known I was going to have to check it anyways!! GRRRR! :)

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By: Michele http://www.designmom.com/2014/06/travel-advice/comment-page-1/#comment-930743 Michele Fri, 06 Jun 2014 19:46:49 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=48450#comment-930743 DH and I had the privilege of sharing a dinner with him (and his GF) in the fall after a book event on Lummi Island here in the PNW. It was great fun!

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By: Michele http://www.designmom.com/2014/06/travel-advice/comment-page-1/#comment-930742 Michele Fri, 06 Jun 2014 19:44:38 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=48450#comment-930742 Something similar to me has happened and so even though now we always travel with AMEX insurance now, I make sure at the airport I dress for my destination or at least have the pieces in my carry on for it. Pull out the coat/jacket if I need it, or light weight piece. One time we had to wait two full days for our luggage to be delivered just from the wrong NYC airport! While it was nice that the hotel gave me a valet jacket, I would have preferred my nice maternity one!

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By: Yvette http://www.designmom.com/2014/06/travel-advice/comment-page-1/#comment-930740 Yvette Fri, 06 Jun 2014 19:43:36 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=48450#comment-930740 I always try to check, for one reason because i have to much liquid makeup and toiletries that have to be separately bagged! Foundation, mascara, liquid eyeliner, toothpaste, face wash, not to mention my little guy’s juice and squeeze food…ug. Such a hassle.

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By: Yvette http://www.designmom.com/2014/06/travel-advice/comment-page-1/#comment-930736 Yvette Fri, 06 Jun 2014 19:35:51 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=48450#comment-930736 I think they’re trying to encourage people to bring smaller bags to keep the weight of the plane down. Also, like someone else mentioned, you’re schlepping your own bags instead of airline employees doing it. But some airlines (Spirit and Frontier come to mind) charge for checked bags AND carry ons, and the carry ons cost more!

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By: Laura Ingalls Gunn http://www.designmom.com/2014/06/travel-advice/comment-page-1/#comment-930686 Laura Ingalls Gunn Fri, 06 Jun 2014 18:00:51 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=48450#comment-930686 I went to France in May and am currently typing this on a balcony while watching a rainbow on Waikiki beach. My luggage was checked both times. I always carry a bit of makeup in my purse so the worst that could happen was I would need to buy a new outfit while I wait for my suitcase to show up. I always carry on my laptop and computer.

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By: Kimberly http://www.designmom.com/2014/06/travel-advice/comment-page-1/#comment-930653 Kimberly Fri, 06 Jun 2014 17:01:44 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=48450#comment-930653 I just returned from a business trip. I always check my suitcase (yup, I’ll pay) and take a small, non-roller bag on the plane. It’s squishy and fits under the seat with no problem. And what’s better, I can get off the plane without dealing with overhead compartments and all of the too-large bags crammed into them. Just once, I want an airline to test every carryon in the size rack. People really played fast and loose on this last trip!

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By: Micah http://www.designmom.com/2014/06/travel-advice/comment-page-1/#comment-930629 Micah Fri, 06 Jun 2014 16:23:31 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=48450#comment-930629 As a frequent traveler (or I should say family of travelers) to the UK, I really hate how expensive it is to check bags, so we always try to pack as lightly as we can and ask my mother-in-law to keep an eye out for the things we may need when we arrive. However, I just made my first solo trip to the UK and thought I would do it all with just a big purse and carry on. By the time I made it through multiple security lines, customs, lay-overs, etc., I really regretted the heavy carry on. My back and shoulders were really hating me. So as much as I hate to say it, I think checking in baggage is far easier for long journeys.

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By: Grace @ Sense and Simplicity http://www.designmom.com/2014/06/travel-advice/comment-page-1/#comment-930628 Grace @ Sense and Simplicity Fri, 06 Jun 2014 16:22:46 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=48450#comment-930628 I love the advice about reading fiction that is set where you are travelling to. We are headed to Newfoundland this summer and I gave my Mother (she is coming with us) two novels set in Newfoundland for Mother’s Day this year. She loved it and has already read one. This way I get to read the books too.

As for the checked vs carry-on debate – I’m more a carry-on type because I don’t want anything to get lost.

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By: Em http://www.designmom.com/2014/06/travel-advice/comment-page-1/#comment-930566 Em Fri, 06 Jun 2014 14:32:22 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=48450#comment-930566 I go back and forth but I checked my suitcase for my honeymoon- a trip that I didn’t want to have to pack light for- and my suitcase was lost for more than half the trip! The extra outfit and swimsuit I brought in my tiny carryon were great the first day but by day 5 I was so upset by the whole run around. I also have had friends who checked bags for a 4 day ski trip (impossible to carry all the snow gear on) and ended up having to buy all knew ski gear or the trip would have been a waste because their bags didn’t make it til day 3. Infuriating that airlines can get away with being so irresponsible.

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By: Katy http://www.designmom.com/2014/06/travel-advice/comment-page-1/#comment-930565 Katy Fri, 06 Jun 2014 14:31:19 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=48450#comment-930565 I have a really hard time paying the extra money for checking bags, so even when we travel with kids for family vacations we pack super light and try to make it with carry-ons (though I sometimes cheat and stuff some extras, like winter coats, in the car seat bag, since the car seat and stroller check for free!). That extra time waiting for bags is excruciating!

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