Post # 1
I’m flying for a wedding next month, and it’s my first time flying by myself! I flew quite a bit as a kid with my parents, up until age 16… but that was like almost 9 years ago the last time I’ve been on a plane. (ah, am I really that old?) But I basically just followed them around so I don’t remember much.
So here’s the deal. Flight is at 6am, so I’m guessing the airport won’t be that busy. Do I still have to get there 2 hours early?
I’ll be flying out on a Friday and flying back on Sunday. So I need rehearsal dinner outfit, wedding outfit, a couple casual tops, heels, curling irons, makeup… but it’s only 3 days. Can I fit that in a carry on? I really don’t want to pay $25 bucks for a checked bag. Plus, if it gets lost, I’m SOL since it’s such a short trip. I get 1 carry-on, and one personal item (small backpack, purse, tote, laptop bag, etc.)
Does anyone have any carry-on luggage recommendations that fit a lot but still fit flight regulations? Flight is Delta, if that makes a difference.
Post # 3
@Paiger8: I would say be there between 430 and 5 am.
I usually take my x-large coach purse and a duffle as carry ons. I fly delta all the time and if the carry on is too big (only slightly too big not a regular sized roller one) when you get to the gate, then they will just put it underneath the plane right then, and give it to you right when you get off (you know where you see the strollers and what not).
Also my bigger concern with this plan is that when I do short trips I have to fit all my beauty products into my bag according to the TSA standards. So I would check on that before hand, you won’t be able to bring any shampoo/conditioner/lotion/hairspray that is over 3 oz. I usually buy a 3 oz container of hairspray NBD. But I find the shampoo/conditioner/lotion thing a pain in the rear.
Post # 4
I try to travel with only a carry-on unless I’m getting a free checked bag (if I upgrade on Virgin America). Check out http://www.onebag.com/list.html. Just remember that you can’t carry on large liquids or gels, but you can carry everything you need for 3 days in travel size stuff in a ziplock bag. For such a short stay, you can also use an old contact lens case for things like shampoo and conditioner. If you’re staying at a hotel, you don’t need any of that since it’s supplied. Luggage will say if it fits standard carry-on regulations if you’re buying it new.
I don’t think you need to be there more than an hour or so early at that time, depending on what airport it is. If you’re flying from a large, major hub (LAX, SFO, JFK, PHL, etc.) you should probably shoot for about 90 minutes because you don’t know how long security lines will be and it’s always–always–better to be safe than sorry. But if you’re flying from a smaller airport, I think an hour is safe (even less if it’s a really small, regional airport). If you’re just carrying on a bag, you should print your boarding pass at home so you can go right to the security line.