While my husband headed our early to Phoenix for work earlier this month, my mom, the kids, and I flew out on our own a few days later.
As we lugged the kids, the carseats, and our bags, my mom commented about why I didn’t use a suitcase carry-on. I had a Vera Bradley travel bag. She thought it would be easier to pull a suitcase on wheels.
I like using a travel bag instead of a suitcase a a carry-on because I like sliding it under the seat in front of me. Yes, I know you can put your suitcase in overhead bins, but I like having access to my stuff without worrying about stuff falling on top of me or other passengers.
The other surprise bonus was that we had a full flight, and everyone who didn’t board in the first group discovered that all the bins were full and if you had a suitcase, it needed to be checked.
The very few things I like to keep in my carry-on:
- our children’s stuffed animals
- electronics and chargers (iPad, Kindle)
- a couple of kids books
- 2 waters (purchased at the gate)
Of course, it’s going to depend on who is traveling with us and what is needed.
But after our most recent trip, it’s pretty much cemented my thoughts on why I don’t use the suitcase carry-on! 🙂