How to Avoid Luggage Separation Anxiety
How to Avoid Luggage Separation Anxiety By Patricia Matteri Enjoying your trip starts at home. To make your entire trip more enjoyable, learning to travel with only carry-on pieces of luggage is key. One piece of luggage is hassle-enough for even the most seasoned traveler in today’s airports. Each airline has its own policies, so
How to Avoid Luggage Separation Anxiety
By Patricia Matteri
Enjoying your trip starts at home. To make your entire trip more enjoyable, learning to travel with only carry-on pieces of luggage is key. One piece of luggage is hassle-enough for even the most seasoned traveler in today’s airports. Each airline has its own policies, so be sure to check with your carrier before packing. This article will give you some generic information that fits most major airlines today.
Luggage considered eligible for carry-on usually has a total of no less than 45 inches. Many airlines will allow larger bags to be carried on, but if you’re looking to buy luggage you best think small. The airlines will have a luggage template by the gate for you to see if your bag qualifies. Odd shapes may not be accepted either. Just prior to boarding would be a very inconvenient time to discover that you must check your luggage.
A bag that measures 22 inches by 14 inches by 9 inches on the outside will generally be allowed. In my experience, if the plane is small, carry-ons will be collected from you before boarding. That means you don’t have to stuff them into the overheads, and they will be given back to you as you exit the plane. That is a win-win. On a larger plane, you will need to handle the bag. There is always someone willing to help you lift and place your bag if you ask. That’s another win-win. Waiting at the luggage carousel is avoided in either situation.
The only drawback that I can see to taking carry-on luggage is that you must handle it through security clearance. Again, there are fellow travelers younger and stronger who will help when asked. I have even seen airport personnel lend a hand. The main advantage to having your bag in hand is keeping you and your clothes and other essentials together. We’ve all heard horror stories of the traveler’s worse nightmare. We probably all know someone who was separated from their luggage for days, and possibly their entire trip. It can and does happen to those who check their luggage.
Carry-on luggage is not an added expense. More and more airlines are charging for any and all checked luggage. The savings to my pocketbook, and potential problems make it a no-brainer for me. Flight connections and delays are also less stressful when I’m wheeling my bag along side me in the terminal. So whether I’m headed for a weekend or three-weeks’ trip, you’ll see me with my carry-on luggage and a smile on my face.
The art of packing that carry-on luggage will be the subject of my next article. Remember to check with your airline for their specific requirements should you wish to avoid any surprises in the terminal. They will be able to tell you whether there are weight limitations in addition to the size restrictions. While you’ve got them on the phone, ask whether the plane(s) in which you will be flying have space under the seats. Many airlines are now using that space for storage of the electronic amenities that may be on board. Share those nuggets of information with me if you will, please.
Patricia Matteri is the author and knows firsthand how to travel with just carry-on luggage. She regularly travels to Mexico for three week stays never checking a bag. Whether you are well versed in travel or ready to learn more about all aspects of travel, follow her blog at [http://www.asahptravel.com]. Due to a severe hearing impairment, she is best contacted via email. She prefers Pat or Pk over Patricia, but feel free to use whichever moniker with which are most comfortable. Contact her through [http://www.asahptravel.com] today, and learn what the asahp in ASAHP Travel means.
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