Myth: Carry on Luggage

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The last time we flew, we noticed that people were carrying their luggage on the plane. One carry-on and one extra tote bag or back pack. I thought that would be so much easier than going through baggage claim. So I’ve been researching the luggage to see what the size and weight has to be. That would be great if we didn’t have to fuss with finding our luggage.

I found the size and borrowed it from my  mom. It’s a lot smaller than I thought! I can bring about 2 pairs of pants and 4 shirts, if that! But I think I can make it work. We’ll just have to do some laundry in the middle of the week. I tend to wear the same clothes over and over anyway, and we aren’t really dressing up anywhere. Besides, the less we bring, the more we can buy there;) I was thinking of getting a big tote in New York and filling it up with clothes, and souvenirs for people. Going though baggage claim on the way back would be no big deal.

I lost another two pounds this week! People have been asking me if I’m going through a diet plan. I’m actually doing it on my own. I figure I have to learn how to eat right eventually! The basic eat right and exercise plan. Portion control is huge. Also, Saturday is my “eat what I want” day. It seems to be working. And move, move, move!

Happy Spring.


(Kim has already accomplished her first big dream by traveling to New York with her teenage daughter June of 2009. She lost 20 pounds and overcame her intense dislike (do we say fear?) of flying to accomplish that dream. She rotated off the blog in February 2010, but still hangs out with 8 Women Dream.  You can find her in the comments section)

  • Kim

    Yeah, I forgot once that I had my hair cutting scissors in my purse. I almost lost them! They are expensive. I think I mailed them back to my house.

  • Catherine, the writer and motivator

    (laughing) I love that graphic … are they even allowing carry-ons which are that big?

    Once, after 9/11 when I was traveling all over the US for work, I forgot that I purchased a cheap wine bottle opener for the wine KB brought to get us through this particularly rough training period on the road. For whatever reason, instead of leaving it in our hotel room, I packed it in my carry on bag.

    Once in security a the airport I was suddenly pulled aside and surrounded by security officers, asking me where I was going, why I was traveling, etc. They open my carry on and with a very serious tone (like I had a gun) they pull out this crappy plastic wine opener.

    I laugh, and say “Is this what you are worried about? I am from the wine country and I am a hormonal women over 40- having a wine opener is second only to lipstick!” They didn’t see the humor. I then proceeded to get a five minute lecture on what I was allowed to carry on and how I needed to be more careful blah, blah, blah as they labeled my opener and threw it in a security box.

    Good luck with your carry-ons…