Luggage or Carry-on!?

You are packing for your trip, which is only one week away, and you’re struggling to decide whether to pack a carry-on or a checked bag. This is a common dilemma for many travellers. To help you make a decision, take a deep breath and here are a few steps to consider:

  1. Consider your mode of transportation and the duration of your trip. Is it a regional or international trip? Different modes of transportation have different baggage policies. For example, if you’re travelling by train, bus, ship, or plane, you may need to check your bag in the cargo and have a carry-on for your personal items. Alternatively, if it’s a short trip, a handbag might be sufficient.

2. Check your baggage allowance. It’s important to know the regulations to avoid any extra charges. Find out how many bags are allowed, whether it’s a carry-on or checked bag or both, and the size and weight restrictions. If you plan to carry extra baggage, be aware of the associated costs.

3. Consider the weather and the purpose of your trip. The type of clothing and items you need to pack will depend on the weather conditions and the purpose of your trip. If you need to pack heavy coats or just some nice dresses; multiple work suits or your favourite outing clothes. This will affect the weight and size of your bag.

4. Evaluate how long you can wait for your checked bags to arrive. Some airports or stations may have longer wait times for baggage retrieval. If you’re in a hurry to attend a meeting or prefer a quick exit, you may opt for a carry-on instead.

After considering these factors, you can make an informed decision on whether to pack a checked bag, a carry-on, or both. And Hey, if you’re anything like me, you might even consider bringing a “just in case” bag for those moments when you overpack your enthusiasm for souvenirs! Remember, it’s all about finding that perfect balance between preparedness and avoiding excess baggage fees. 

Now you are all packed and ready to go. 

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