Carry-on or Checked Luggage? Your experience sought!!!

Poll created by ssindc on Sep 27, 2013

Do you carry your bags on or do you check your luggage?  Are you a purist (always carry on or always check) or does it depend?  If you always or typically carry on, what are your tips for those of us who check bags?  How can we break the habit?  (Should we?)  So, join in!!!  First,vote for the appropriate option.  Then, tell us your story!!!!

 

For the curious, erc and IAHFLYR called me out on this issue. erc explained that: Soon, even astronauts will travel the erc-way, carry on only, no suits; topsiders, polos and a pair of dress khakis...   But IAHFLYR didn't simply insult my manhood, he challenged the very essence of my travel persona!!!!  [He said, among other things: I've traveled all over the place with my Travel Pro 22" and a backpack for my laptop, noise cancelling headphones for my wife, my ear buds, digital camera and even a leather flight jacket for winter ops all in those two tiny items and it lasts for a week.  You must be in need of some travel packing tips... or something because I am completely stunned. This type of packing has worked for an eight day trip to Europe, week trip in the winter to South N.J., week in Hawaii ...  You can do it, I promise.]  Is he right?  Let us know!!!

 

I know people who never (ever) check their bags.  Heck, I used to be one of those people (in the late 1980's).  But, personally, I got tired of it.  And (selfishly, armed with an abundance of hubris) I do not downgrade my road warrior status to wimp (or something even more pathetic) because, among other things: (1) while I'm mostly paperless, I go nowhere without my (sleek and fast) Samsung laptop; (2) I enjoy traveling with excessive camera equipment (in my top-of-the-line, internal frame, Kata photo bag - Bumblebee-UL-222 | Kata Bags) and my (awesome, absolutely necessary) Bosenoise cancelling headphones - Epiphany: Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones; (3) most of my travel requires a suit and dress shoes, but I like to be prepared for outdoor/recreational opportunities; and (4) while I've done plenty of sink, shower, and tub laundry (and I travel with travel detergent just in case), I'd rather not do so....  Should I change my slovenly ways?  Why?  and how?!??!

 

 

Censor's note: this poll was originally deleted (apparently in error), but has been re-created with merb's blessing.  So - fellow insiders, let's hear about your experience!

26 total votes
  • I always carry on (regardless of the length of my trip). Tips and explanations are welcome, below.
    3
  • I always carry on (regardless of the length of my trip), even when I travel with family, friends, or significant others. (If they want to travel with me, they know the rules.)
    1
  • I always carry on (regardless of the length of my trip), EXCEPT when I travel with family, friends, or significant others.
    0
  • I used to always carry on (regardless of the length of my trip), but I no longer follow this hard-and-fast rule. (Don't hesitate to explain below.)
    2
  • I typically carry on. I rarely check my bags. Don't hesitate to explain your parameters (maximum number of days, special requirements, etc., below).
    2
  • It depends on the trip (and I don't have a predetermined bias). Sometimes I only carry on, sometimes I check my bags. (top voted)
    11
  • I typically check my bags. Don't hesitate to explain when you don't check your bags (for example, same day out-and-back, etc.).
    4
  • I always check my bags (regardless of the length of my trip). Explanations are welcome below.
    2
  • I always check my bags (regardless of the length of my trip), even when I travel with family, friends, or significant others. (If they want to travel with me, they know the rules.)
    0
  • This poll misses the obvious option/solution. (Don't hesitate to explain, clarify, or advise, below....)
    1