Post # 1
Yay, this time next week, I will be on a plane to Cancun for my honeymoon!!!!
Starting to get things ready and I thinking about seeing if I can fit everything in 1 carryon? Is it possible?
I would like to bypass waiting for my luggage when I’m in Cancun but I looking at all the stuff I need to bring and it’s looking like I can’t. (Also, I may be over packing… like I always do.)
Anyone stay in the caribbean or mexico or some where exotic for a week and manage to pack only one carryon?
Post # 4
Do you have a bag that maxes out the space you can use for a carryon? I’ve fit all my stuff into a backpack for a two week trip. It’s definately doable, but I think for a honeymoon I’d prefer one of those small suitcases so I could pack more cute shoes.
Post # 5
I managed to do EUROPE in march (i.e. cold) for 2 weeks with 1 carry-on and 1 personal item. It can soo be done! You’re going to the beach which means leave the hair dryer at home. Mostly all you’re going to wear is bathing suits and coverups right? 🙂
The only downside to this is that you can’t take on full size products like sunscreen so you’ll need to buy those down there.
Post # 6
I can’t ever have a carryon anymore because of the liquid restrictions. It is nearly impossible to fit shampoo, conditioner, contact solution, and other liquids in 3 oz bottles that fit in the stupid Ziploc bag.
Post # 7
I flew Delta last week. My husband and I each hoped to bring one carry on with, we didn’t want to bother with waiting at the baggage claim either. Well, good luck with that. We were zone 4, which meant we were the last to board. The planes are always super full these days and everyone tries to bring 1 carry on. We were toward the end of the line to board and they made the last 35 people in the line check all their carry on items at the door of the plane. They wouldn’t even do gate check. The bags all had to be checked for baggage claim. I was super pissed. I carried my bag around with me everywhere (which was a hassle) and had to throw away all my large toiletries, only so my bag could be checked anyway!
Oh, and to top it off, once we did finally get our bags back at the baggage claim we discovered that Delta broke my husband’s suitcase. One of the wheels was completely missing. I went to the baggage claim counter to explain the situation and ask if they’d cover the damages and the lady just laughed at me. She actually said all of her suitcases have wheels missing too and that’s just the way it is these days. I thought that was pretty rude and unhelpful.
So anyway, my point is even if you want to carry it on you might not get to because that is everyone else’s idea too and there just isn’t enough room on the planes anymore.
But I do think it is possible to fit everything in one suitcase. Pack light t-shirts and skirts. Pack small toiletries. You are allowed a purse or bag as a second carry on too. I usually bring a small back pack for that and just throw my purse in it. On the way home I can fill the backpack up with souvenirs, gifts, or clothes I buy on my vacation.
Post # 8
I carry a big carry-on with all our essentials (underwear, bathing suits, toothbrush, meds); mp3 players and reading material. He carries a smaller one with all our official papers: passport, plane tickets and everything else we need for the trip, and money.
The first time we traveled together, I got really, really sick so he had to be in charge of everything on the way back. Now when we travel, we just naturally do it this way even if I’m not sick. He likes being in charge, and it’s endearing.
Post # 9
@amariem- thats nuts! I have definitely had to gate check before but i’ve never heard of having to do a regular check— i’d be pissed.
Post # 10
I got a big carryon suitcase. I am concerned about the sunscreen since I bought biogradable sunscreen for when we go to the cenote (underwater cave). Thinking about spliting them up into smaller bottles.
Good point about the cabin being too full. I have gone on flights where I barely got my carryon on the plane. I was actually coming home from my wedding and the flight attentants suggested I check it and I said NO because I put some of my breakable gifts in my carryon. She helped me find a spot.
Post # 11
Definately just split them up into smaller bottles. That’s what we’ve always done, between the two of us just take as many of the 3 oz bottles as we can. We’ve never had to throw out anything.
Post # 12
FYI – on the liquids. I fly alot and you can have multiple zip lock bags. Also if you can’t find the shampoo or whatever that you like in a 3 ounce size you can buy empty 3 oz containers and fill it with your normal stuff. I usually find them at Target.
Though I’m still never able to take just a carry on, and if it’s my BF and me we each have our own carry on and we’ll usually take a big suitcase and check it for both of us. I do like to pack a lot but luckily a trip to the beach the clothing is smaller and thinner so it doesn’t take as much space.
Post # 13
I’m with MissAsB.. Contact solution ALONE makes me check luggage! I also ALWAYS overpack… and because exactly where we are going is a surprise – I can’t plan every day out (which is probably good for me)… so I will be packing for all the possibilities… I also plan on working out while I’m there.. so gym shoes, shorts & tees will end up taking half a suitcase alone. So for me, it would be a no…
Post # 14
I went to St. Lucia a few years ago for a week and did a full size suitcase, a small suite case, and a carry on! I’m a major over-packer, and they carry on was my bathroom bag (this was before the liquid restrictions).
Post # 15
And I completely forgot about sunscreen. I would not want to pay the huge markup for sunscreen at a resort or tourist trap!
Post # 16
We took one checked bag to Cancun between the two of us, and then I brought my laptop bag (sans laptop!) and he brought his backpack (for daytrips). We used everything we had, and didn’t feel overburdened by the amount of stuff we brought.
Don’t forget the bug spray! (That was the one thing we forgot!)
You are going to have such a great time! The only thing we didn’t do was explore the cenotes since the water was too cold for Lemon 🙂