Can we talk carry on bags?

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traciedee
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2013/07/25 18:13:21 (permalink)
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Can we talk carry on bags?

I usually bring a bag on wheels for my carry on. It's packed to the brim, heavy, awkward, tips over and is not that easy to maneuver. I'm going to be carting everything this year and I am looking for some sort of bag that I can sling cross wise over my shoulder so it wont fall off if you bend down. I need my hands free to assist my husband. I'm looking for something light , with a zipper that I can also use for the beach. It also has to be fairly large. Any suggestions?
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RE: Can we talk carry on bags? 2013/07/25 18:50:28 (permalink)
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There are many rolling soft sided bags that also have backpack straps. In fact, all of my soft side rolling duffel bags (big and small) have the backpack straps built in. Or, hiking backpacks come in a whole range of sizes. Many of the hiking backpacks have "belly" or "chest" straps, in addition to the shoulder straps, that keep the packs from falling off when you bend over. The limitations for any of these will be the size that will fit in the overhead bins on the airplane. Each airline seems to have slightly different rules and for some of the smaller planes, the sizes are even more restricted. From the JetBlue website ... carry on luggage is limited to 26” l (66 cm) x 18” w (45.72 cm) x 12” h (30.48 cm) for the Airbus A320 planes.

If you surf around on Amazon you may get some ideas of what could work for you.

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RE: Can we talk carry on bags? 2013/07/25 19:47:14 (permalink)
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Tracie, check out the AmeriBag at ameribag.com. they come in various sizes .....also thesavvytraveller.com carries them under Gear .....
post edited by nancyjo - 2013/07/25 19:49:37




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RE: Can we talk carry on bags? 2013/07/25 20:20:43 (permalink)
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Pardon me if I am somehow perceived as insensitive, but if there ars mobility issues involved with your travels wouldn't it be so much easier to pay the R/T $100 (even less on several airlines) and check a couple of bags?

As admitted "clothes/amenities/toiletries/creature comfort/and assorted STUFF" horses, in 14 trips through CUN we've never had a lost bag, been delayed by more than 5-10 minutes at the luggage carousel or experienced any inconveniences whatsoever by checking our bags - and we check 2, more often 3 total between us. Snorkel gear, rafts, her hair junk, lotions and potions.. It all adds up. Besides, it also gives us a place to stash a few bottles of my favorite rum from duty-free if we have connections. [;)]

IMHO, we prefer to check everything but our light back packs rather than be THAT GUY who is painfully dragging the obnoxious 50 pound "carry-on" thru the airport and down the airplane aisle with dimming hopes of squeezing it into an impossibly small overhead compartment... [8|]

Hey, anything to make sure you have an enjoyable and relaxing vacation!!! [:D]


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RE: Can we talk carry on bags? 2013/07/25 20:45:31 (permalink)
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Snow(14trips but who's counting)bound [;)] ~

I think you need to read Traciedee's question again! [8|]

She's checking their bags, she's simply asking for suggestions as to the best type of carryon bag that will leave her hands free to help her husband who is in a wheelchair!

 
 


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RE: Can we talk carry on bags? 2013/07/25 21:06:26 (permalink)
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Sorry Susy, but I didn't see any mention of checked luggage in the OP
Just a brave gal trying to get everything organized and "carting everything this year" with the words heavy and awkward. So, I offered what I thought was somewhat helpful insight into our experiences with checked luggage.

If I ever need remedial reading lessons, spell-checking or an actual trip count.
You'll be the first to know... [8|][:(][:D]


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RE: Can we talk carry on bags? 2013/07/25 21:30:59 (permalink)
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hi -

check out http://www.magellans.com/

They have lots of great travel things - sometimes $$$ but you can search for a better price on line/other retails once you know what you are looking for.

Good luck -
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RE: Can we talk carry on bags? 2013/07/26 06:37:12 (permalink)
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ORIGINAL: Susy

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RE: Can we talk carry on bags? 2013/07/26 08:40:02 (permalink)
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I always check my luggage. We usually travel with dive gear and a couple of suitcases, but I also always have a carry on. Usually its loaded with the 10 pounds of stuff I cant fit in my suitcase. This year Im traveling with the least amount possible--- we are not going to be diving or doing any of the things weve done in the past, but I am going to need some 'stuff' for my husbands comfort on the plane so I need a carry on. Back packs are too heavy for my wimpy back so I was just looking for suggestions on something light weight.

And Snowbound---- yes I perceived you as being incredibly insensitive. But thanks for being so judgemental it really was beneficial to my question and my situation. May you always be healthy and never have to go through what our family has in the last 8 months.

Thanks to every one for the suggestions. I'll check out all the different web sites. I've been looking at different types of bags till I'm blue in the face.
post edited by traciedee - 2013/07/26 08:41:08
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RE: Can we talk carry on bags? 2013/07/26 09:39:02 (permalink)
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Tracee, just a thought, but wouldn't a bag you actually have to carry be even MORE difficult? (not to mention your aching back! [:@] )
I've seen a LOT of the 4-wheeled carry-ons that look like they are VERY easy to maneuver. Zoom, zoom, zoom go the wheels! [:D] I'd like one for my next carry-on bag, but the good ones aren't cheap!
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RE: Can we talk carry on bags? 2013/07/26 09:49:55 (permalink)
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"carting everything this year"


Meaning her husband will not be able to help her this time with the carry on




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RE: Can we talk carry on bags? 2013/07/26 10:24:10 (permalink)
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The Ameribags look pretty interesting. I've seen them before, but did not realize they were considered back healthy. Funny looking things. Has anyone ever used one?

Isla chica I wish I could use a bag with wheels. I have some pretty cool ones, but it is hard to push a wheel chair and pull a bag. And if my husband is up and walking I need my hands free to assist him.
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RE: Can we talk carry on bags? 2013/07/26 11:40:37 (permalink)

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RE: Can we talk carry on bags? 2013/07/26 12:15:00 (permalink)
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ORIGINAL: traciedee

The Ameribags look pretty interesting. I've seen them before, but did not realize they were considered back healthy. Funny looking things. Has anyone ever used one?

Isla chica I wish I could use a bag with wheels. I have some pretty cool ones, but it is hard to push a wheel chair and pull a bag. And if my husband is up and walking I need my hands free to assist him.



Can your husband hold onto the scoping handle of a bag so that it rolls directly ahead of him while you push him?

Also, do you notify the airline ahead of time that you are traveling with mobility issues? Usually a representative will meet you at the check in counter and physically push the wheelchair for you to the boarding area. (At least they will here), and there are porters in the receiving area to assist you as well.

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RE: Can we talk carry on bags? 2013/07/26 14:39:12 (permalink)
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ORIGINAL: traciedee Isla chica I wish I could use a bag with wheels. I have some pretty cool ones, but it is hard to push a wheel chair and pull a bag. And if my husband is up and walking I need my hands free to assist him.


Why not ask for gate assistance??? [&:] You don't HAVE to do both!
My mom cannot walk and I have requested the gate service for the last 3 years that she has lived with us. Since we also have to take her walker and a carryon, I push the walker with the carry on ON it, and the assistance takes Mom! sometimes we've gotten lucky & had the Golf Cart ride! LOL
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RE: Can we talk carry on bags? 2013/07/26 14:44:03 (permalink)
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Thanks to everyone for the pm's with thoughts and suggestions. Greatly appreciated. I've got a lot of great ideas and one that I had not thought of before which is a wheelchair bag of some sorts. Had not even occured to me for some reason, but I like it.....

We will request the assistance of the porters and gate assistance at the airport so I'm not worried about that part of it. But I'm pretty new at this so I'm just getting the logistics figured out. But when we are at the resort or on our own at the airport or getting on the plane itself I know that I want my hands free.

Palapaboy I'll check out those other sites as well. Thank you.
post edited by traciedee - 2013/07/26 14:56:38
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RE: Can we talk carry on bags? 2013/07/26 18:17:55 (permalink)
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I have had several Ameribag purses and liked them, my cousin uses a large one for a carry on. The point of the shape of Ameribag has always been for back comfort ...... I would get the lite weight fabric rather than the leather tho, much lighter....




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RE: Can we talk carry on bags? 2013/07/27 07:57:54 (permalink)
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Tracie, call your airline or go online to ..the" managing or concerning " your reservation...special services...tell them what you'll need..do you need an aisle chair? .. or just help to the plane door?..assistance is available at all legs of your trip...just ask... I work for an airline as a gate agent , what I see that works for lots of folks with wheelchairs are the backpacks..hook on the chair..if it's your own chair, the gate agent and the flight attendant can help you....be early..for your own peace of mind..( and the agents! [8D] )..when you get to the gate, Talk to the agent..let them know you are there..you'll board first and be settled, before the rush...make sure you're seated at the front of the plane...bulkhead seats are often sold as premium, a disability is a priority, and not charged....the wheelchair will be checked at the gate and brought back up on the jetway at all points....a regular, 22 in rollaboard suitcase does fit on the foot pedals of a wheelchair..feet on supports..bag right in the middle..if you are traveling on United, let me know...I'll put the info in your res, so at least the reports will generate downline...[:)] ..PM me..



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RE: Can we talk carry on bags? 2013/07/27 10:09:23 (permalink)
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Jeannemarie-thank you for all of the info. So kind of you to offer to help, but we are flying US Air as it is a direct flight for us. After a battle with them we did get bulk head seats. But I will follow your advice. I did order a backpack for his wheelchair last night and one of the large nylon Ameribags suggested by Nancyjo.

I plan on getting to the aiport early and getting a one day pass to one of the VIP lounges so he can sit in some comfy chairs and be able to rest before the flight. This is his first time to travel since all of this happened and I know it will be a long day for him.
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RE: Can we talk carry on bags? 2013/07/27 10:22:12 (permalink)
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sounds like your on the right track, Tracidee.
you'll get there just fine , i'm sure. have a blast...........[:)]
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RE: Can we talk carry on bags? 2013/07/27 12:08:15 (permalink)
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I am also a fan of checking luggage. Imagine how much faster it would be to deplane if there were NO overhead bins.
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RE: Can we talk carry on bags? 2013/07/27 13:40:15 (permalink)
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Good to know Miinjim-as I said before I always check my luggage. So I'm a fan too.

But again, thanks to all the folks who offered great advice and helped me find what I was looking for!
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RE: Can we talk carry on bags? 2013/07/29 17:32:15 (permalink)
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What great information. I use a Timbuk2 messenger bag for work and as a carry on bag and weekender bag. Had it for years and its held up well. I've never seen the Ameribag but I love the looks! I need a new carry on and it seems like I've found a good one!

Traciedee, hope you and your husband have a relaxing and stress free vacation!

post edited by trodom - 2013/07/29 17:34:20
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RE: Can we talk carry on bags? 2013/08/08 14:06:20 (permalink)
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These aren't cheap...but they are tuff, spacious, won't fall off your shoulder, and comfortable to carry. Check out the youtube reviews.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0039GOG66/ref=s9_simh_gw_p200_d3_i1?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-4&pf_rd_r=169DBE0G96RSGNJ56BGM&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=470939031&pf_rd_i=507846
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RE: Can we talk carry on bags? 2013/08/09 22:35:48 (permalink)
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Well I got my Ameribag and my wheelchair bag today and wanted to thank everyone for the suggestions. The Ameribag is perfect. I got the large size, but it is very light weight ( I got nylon), has lots of pockets and space. Best part is it does not fall off the shoulder. Not a very attractive bag, but I carried it around today and it was kind to my back and exactly what I was looking for. Will make a great carry on for the plane and will also work for hauling stuff to the beach. I give it a happy face rating.
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