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    jgenie is online now Red Diamond level (10,000+ posts)
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    Quote Originally Posted by ahisma View Post
    I generally wear a Patagonia better sweater, a scarf/shawl and/or a down puff on the plane and put a Baggu in my personal item in case I want to take them off and tuck them away overhead - totally depends on the temps on the flight itself.
    I make everyone wear a coat on the plane. Once we’re on board, we stuff them in reusable bags and use as pillows or stuff on top of our roller bags.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carolinamama View Post
    We spent 2 weeks in Germany this past summer and traveled carry on only. We preferred that to the stress of potentially lost luggage. Half the time was in cities, the other half in the Alps so we needed cooler weather clothing. Three of us used a Monos carryon (7 lbs) and DH had a travel backpack he bought for traveling to off the beaten path places. No one ever weighed them though. I carried a crossbody bag and DH and the boys all had day pack sized back packs. Tips for traveling light:

    Pack using a capsule wardrobe mentality so you can mix and match
    Rewear your bottoms several times.
    Rewear sweaters with a clean under layer
    Wear layers on the plane
    Wear your heaviest clothing on the plane such as your jacket
    Only pack 2 pairs of shoes and wear the heaviest pair on the plane
    Buy things as needed at your destination
    If laundry is an option, do it, even early in your trip (I think you are at your in-laws at some point so maybe that's a good place?)
    Wash an item or two in hotel sinks if needed. I've washed everything from underwear and socks to DS2's pants because we hiked in light rain and he ran through the woods more than the path. This year I bought a Dawn-equivalent dish soap at Aldi and used that but you could take detergent sheets.
    Plan to check bags on the way home with the extras and souvenirs you bought. You won't be scrambling if your bags get lost the way you would on outbound flights.
    Simplify toiletries
    These are really good tips!

    Guys, we already signed up to check a bag! I am hoping everything will be ok. Our flight out is direct to Zurich and we'll be staying within 1 hour of the airport for the first 3 days, and we'll have a car. I'm hoping that if there's a mixup with baggage that will be enough time to connect with our luggage! We'll see.

    I think we probably have MORE space than we need with this extra bag. I mean, really the Motherlode Jr. plus a euro-sized carry on is exactly the right size when I'm planning it out. The personal item restrictions are just really making me nervous though! Also, I kind of want to have fashun on the trip. We're going to be everywhere from an alpine village to the Mediterranean. We do think we'll need space on the flight home to carry home souvenirs so I think we'll want a bag for the return trip at least. Hope it works out!

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    I ended up bringing my Motherlode Jr and a personal item. DH brought a small Osprey backpack as a personal item and another Osprey for a carry on. We had a large (to us) Gregory suitcase. AND we ended up buying another suitcase to load up with chocolate! It probably isn't how I would have traveled (buying a suitcase and then paying to check it!) but DH really wanted to give generously when we got home and I figured that we'd pay for an excursion he'd want why is this any different?

    If I had to do it over again, on this airline and on this particular trip, I'd bring a personal item and a large suitcase each. I really don't see anyway around bringing a suitcase, so if you have to check it, might as well make it more comfortable on the plane? DH says he way overpacked. I actually really didn't. I did somewhat UNDERpack for the colder weather there and consequently didn't wear some of my more spring appropriate items. But they were lightweight and didn't take up too much room! I've discovered that wearing the right thing is part of my travel style and helps me enjoy my vacation. Packing the appropriate items, leaving enough room in the main suitcase for souvenirs and packing LIGHT for the plane (because planes and airports are stressful!) will be my strategy so long as I can afford it going forward.

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