Too Much Carry-On Luggage

When I first started cruising, I took way too much in my carry-on bag that I lugged through the airport and waiting in line at the port. 90% of what I was carrying could have gone into the regular luggage!

I believed that there would be a long delay getting my luggage in my cabin and so far, it has never happened. I know I know spare me the horror stories ,,, But in 2016 on a dozen cruises, I never had to wait for it.

Therefore, I now pack medication, minimal makeup and jewelry, my camera and most importantly my passport/documents and let my lightweight carry-on serve as my purse. (I use a super light quilted tote bag I got on one of the islands)

I have learned to purge my purse and leave behind things like local grocery store / dept store cards and other items I only use at home.

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We bring only the credit cards we might use, DLs, passports, and cash. I leave my wallet at home and use our travel passport holder. Which, stays in the safe until we leave the ship for something. The holder is from It's the deluxe passport holder. It has a cord for around your neck, and for extra security, a cord that goes around your waist. Carry on contains what we need ( meds, etc ) when we get to the cabin, including the cleaning products ( and our lighted magnifier to check for bugs )

I carry enough for one or two days in my "carry-on" luggage. We have had our checked bags "miss directed" a time or two by the airlines. I could put most of it in the checked bag once we are at the port, but I've already brought the bag, so why bother. I do only carry a tiny purse with the travel papers and kindle, because I don't use it again until we fly home. So I have scaled down some. Maybe someday......

We carry on medications, toiletries, valuables and a change of clothes (just in case). When boarding, we carry on our wine.

Too much carry on luggage? Didn't you get the ones with the little wheels so you can pull it instead of carrying it? Just a thought. Wink

I have little ones, big ones, medium ones with all kinds of wheels BUT it is just way more than I need to hand carry with me! Being hands free with a tote or pack back has become way easier! Of course this cruise, I will have hubby as my schlep camel and do NOT want to start the cruise with "What the hell do you have in here?" convo!

Your poor hubby. But I'm sure he doesn't want you to be overloaded carrying your over night bag. Wink

Yes, I have learned to carry less also.

LOL my wife uses me as a Sherpa and whatever she can get on my back is what is carry on...LOL Just kidding. We have learned to minimize as often times long waits can be a pain when carrying too much

I would be a little nicer about it and politely say, "You want it? You carry it."

This has always been the policy at my house! It keeps life peaceful. We have on occasion offered to carry something for the other one, and that is entirely a different thing.


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