(Closed) Possibly dumb (but hopefully legitimate!) luggage question…

posted 8 years ago in Travel
Post # 17
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Agreed with previous posters- as someone who flies multiple times each year, I’ve only had a bag lost once, and I got it back 2 days later. However, make sure you put absolutely nothing of value in your checked bag! Just a few weeks ago a friend of mine had her laptop stolen out of her checked bag. That was a domestic flight too, so you really can’t blame customs. Have a wonderful trip!

Post # 18
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

ive travelled to the carribean many times with out any luggage incidents, and i always check my luggage.   like someone else mentioned, pack extra underwear in ur carryon, i add a bathing suit and pair or shorts to the carryon too. i usually bring my own shamp/condit/razor etc when on vacaay too.

 

Post # 19
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3291 posts
Sugar bee

Even if your stuff is lost, you can buy razors and shampoo there.  Most likely even in a brand you recognize.

 

Post # 20
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’ve had my luggage lost a few times (once on a European vacation for half of the vacation!), and it’s always a pain in the butt, but never something that ruined my vacation. I agree that you should pack your necessities (under 3oz) and a few favorites (swimsuit, coverup/dress, flip flops) in your carry on and then just don’t worry about it!

Most airlines do a really solid job of getting the luggage to you these days.  

Post # 21
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Busy bee

As the saying goes, “prepare for the worst & hope for the best.”  In other words, previous posters are correct.  You should check a bag if that’s what you feel comfortable doing, but keep necessities & valuables in your carry-on just in case your bags are lost or delayed.  I learned this lesson the hard way many years ago when I flew from the midwest where it was chilly (& I’m always cold on a plane) to a tropical destination.  Assumed when I arrived in the destination I could change out of my long-sleeved t-shirt & jeans into something more comfortable.  Wrong!  Delayed luggage = lesson learned!  Shorts, t-shirt or tank top, swimsuit & flip-flops are now carry-on staples.

Also, be aware that while you might be able to pack everything into a carry-on suitcase, many airlines will “flag & tag” your bag for valet service at the gate or jetway for your connecting flight if you’re flying on a smaller aircraft.  So keep a tote bag for important items like your purse, laptop, cell phone, jewelry, medication, etc. that you can take with you on the plane b/c you never know what can happen if you are parted from your bag with a minimal amount of time.

Post # 22
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1991 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

We flew into Montego Bay and I checked a bag.  It was no problem to find it!

Post # 23
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2889 posts
Sugar bee

I lost my luggage on the way to Jamaica and spent 6 of 7 days without it. BUT it actually was lost on my flight from Europe to BOS. The BOS Jamaica flight was direct and my luggage never made it on time to get on that one. I had intended to carry on the bag too but didn’t need to carry it on for the long haul so I took advantage of checking it and naturally didn’t have much in the way of back up in ma carryon. Luckily our layover in BOS gave us 2 hours to do a bit of shopping – I bought a bikini (still can’t believe I found one in such a short time), 2 pairs of underwear and a dress expecting the luggage to catch us a day later. FAIL there was a holiday and the luggage didn’t get out of the US until 2  days later. All this to say you can buy everything you may be missing in Jamaica. I didn’t even leave the ressort and I had no problems buying clothing and necessities although I came home with 3 T-shirts that say Jamaica. Thankfully the airline reimbursed most of our expenses. I lost my luggage a lot that year so I have learned to ALWAYS pack a spare pair of underwear and as soon as you don’t you will regret it. I find Rome to be the worst place for lost luggage in and out.

 

Post # 24
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

I have had problems in the past, but mostly due to the fact I have to take connections.  Most of the time I don’t mind because it usually means that My 4 hour train journey once I land in Athens is made a million times easier.  I always make sure I pack “intelligently”.  This means having a mini bottle of any products I need to survive (under 100ml), as these are allowed through baggage control.  I also buy razors etc, once I have checked in and am in duty free.  For some reason they don’t have a problem with razors bought there – although they’re just as sharp! lol!  Or if I can’t find my brand there, I buy them once I have arrived at my destiantion.

EDIT: FYI – in the last 2 years I have not got my suitcase on arrival 6 out of 8 times I’ve flown.  The girl at the luggage desk in the airport I use is always amazed about how blase, and actually quite happy I seem to be due to the fact I don’t have my suitcase! lol!  And to get more clothes in my hand luggage I vacum pack everything – you can take twice as much that way!

Post # 25
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2014

I always check luggage when going long-haul, as tour operators here limit you to a very small bag (55x40x20cm) weighing no more than 5kg… I also check luggage if I got short-haul for a week or longer, as I like to have a selection of clothes, and find buying toiletries and suncream while away usually works out more expensive than paying to check a bag anyway. I have never had an issue with luggage not showing up.

That said, I always travel in smart, neutral clothes (white linen trousers; black fitted vest-top; cardigan; black linen jacket; pashmina; smart flat Gina sandals), suitable for day and evening wear, and pack a bikini, a pair of shorts, a spare top, beach sandals, a black strapless sundress (again suitable for day or evening), and a handbag, as well as essential make-up and my valuables in my handluggage, so should my luggage not show up, I have a few pieces I can mix and match, to see me through until my case shows up. I would really recommend doing this just to be on the safe side, especially if you have a decent hand-luggage allowance.

Post # 26
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

i have personally not had an issue.  definitely pack any medication, underwear, flip flops, sundress and bathing suit in your carry on.  if there is a problem with luggage, what more will you need in jamaica?  hotels and resorts always have toiletry items available.

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