Probably one of the best sources a flight attendant can help with is deciding how to pack, in only a carry on suitcase. Here is a more in depth post about how I fit all my belongings into my carry on suitcase, but this post is more about why I only bring a rollaboard with me on all my travels.
I think it’s hilarious listening to my best friend pack for a week long trip and she tells me she is checking a bag and bringing a carry on piece of luggage, too.
For the past 5 years of being a flight attendant, I have had to learn how to only pack my belongings in a carry on rollaboard. When I am working, I do pack a lunchbox and have a purse with me, but with my airline, we don’t check a suitcase since we do 3-4 flights a day and there would be no way to keep up with our checked luggage on every plane we get on!
When traveling for pleasure on standby, I always pack a rollaboard suitcase. The main reason is because I never have to worry about the headache of my luggage potential getting lost if I don’t make it on a flight.
So now to decide what means of luggage is best for you?
- duffle bag
- hiking backpack
Let me first start by saying, X out the duffle bag! Carrying all your belongings with a strap that goes on your shoulder is painful! If you have to do any amount of walking, like walking to your hotel in the new city, your shoulders are going to ache!
The same goes for a hiking backpack. Even the REI packs that have the waist strap to help alleviate some of the pain on your shoulders; the bags are still super heavy and it’s really easy to accidentally overpack these items and your body is going to hate you for that. Lastly, if you need to find something in your duffle bag or backpack, you pretty much have to take all your items out to get to that pair of socks at the very bottom.
I will say the one reason duffles and backpacks are good is if you are traveling in a country where you have to travel via boat a lot and transfer from ocean to land knee deep in the water. In Thailand, I pretty much ruined my rollaboard dragging it through the sand to our hotel and the wheel eventually fell off.
All in all, I’d rather chance ruining a wheel on my suitcase (and possibly have to carry my suitcase) than having to carry my belongings the whole trip! But that’s just my two cents! Take it or leave it!
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