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    How to Pack for 10 days using only carry on

    http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/201...6-pack-ss.html

    unsure if this will be helpful for all, but maybe for some
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    our last trip to aruba was for 17 days. I packed a carry on for me and one for my hubby. since his basics are one pair of sandals and one toiletry bag that part was easy. for me its 5 pairs of shoes, 3 handbags, jewelry, hair products, belts, etc. so by using the travel roll bags, all clothes and his toiletry bag go in his carry on. in my carry on is all my "accessories" stuff, lol.

    now granted, we have a washer/dryer at the place we rent. so we bring enough for one full week. I usually wash at least 3 times while there and definitely our last day so I bring home clean clothes.

    Now I bring two pairs of shorts, 3 skirts, 2 maxi dresses, 3 bathing suits, cover ups, 5 or 6 tank tops, one sweater, pajamas, undies, etc. All of this fits in one large and one medium travel space roll up bag. I need another large and medium for my husband. we are good to go. Then he carries one of those Divi linen bags they give you when you land and i carry a large tote bag (which is my daytime bag in aruba). It is difficult when you go somewhere for the first time to know what to bring. But this was our 5th time so I have it down to a science. Next year will be even less, lol.

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    At this point in our lives we stay in two week time periods and only bring one carry on each, but like gaby, we have free use of a washer and dryer in our condo rental, which makes it easy to do so. We just bring the essentials which include sandals, bathing suits, etc..We've gotten to the point where even pur carry on bags have gotten smaller.

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    Jealous! Some day we will be there I hope. For now we cart quite a bit of stuff for our 2 week stay
    Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ

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    For those doing carry ons, I assume you are buying your sunblock on the island. Do you find the cost is worth it to just travel with carry ons?

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    Yes, it is worth it. I found that the sunblock at Lings is really not that big of a difference that warrants me checking a bag for this stuff. Also, if we upgrade to first, I pack a box with all the stuff and then throw the box out once I unpack it. we did that this past trip and it worked out great. I packed in the box suntan lotion, paper products, coffee, stuff I got at the dollar store, harmon's with coupons, etc. we checked the one box since it was free, took our carry ons and threw the box out in aruba so we didn't need to go through the horrendous baggage line in Newark on the way home.

    And to Schexc, you're right. I couldn't agree with you more. we started to pack less and less the more times we go, too. you realize that all that "just in case" is never used when it comes to clothing, etc. but like you said, we're lucky to have washer/dryer in our townhouse. makes a huge difference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Traceyd14 View Post
    For those doing carry ons, I assume you are buying your sunblock on the island. Do you find the cost is worth it to just travel with carry ons?
    We put a little bit of sun block in our carry on to get us through the first couple of days and then we might grab them at the store. We progressively extend our time in the sun with some protection, usually an extra 15-20 minutes a day or so. Over a two week period we ramp up to 3 1/2- 4 hrs. of 100% sun a day and by the end we're out most of the day with minimal protection. Everyone is different and it works for us. We're a little extra cautious as we're fair skinned and Casper white when we arrive. This schedule works for us and enjoy our time without turning into a lobster or experiencing sun poisoning.
    As far as the savings being worth it, I'd have to say absolutely. If we watched checked a bag each way it might cost an additional $100+. We might spend $15 on sunscreen. And as ad added plus, we don't have to lug the heavy stuff around and worry about lost luggage, etc..
    Last edited by schexc; 01-01-2015 at 10:14 AM.

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    So if I got this right, most people travel with carry ons just to save the baggage fees? I buy our tickets using a US Air charge card, one free checked bag each, first class check in and zone 2 boarding. Of course if flying first class it's not an issue. I know a hundred bucks sounds like a lot, and I think it's a rip off, but to me it seems like a hassle trying to pack everything in a carry on for a two week trip. It's a bit of a pain lugging the bags around for the first few minutes of the airport experience, but does it get you through the lines faster when leaving Aruba? Like instead of getting to the airport 3 hours early, you could get there an hour early? We fly out of a small airport, so there is no time savings there. I just ask to see if the carry on option would be something for us to consider.

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    the carry on, does not get you thru the lines too much quicker departing from aruba.
    yes there is the time saved going into the luggage room room prior to the customs officers.
    yes there is time saved, when checking in.


    i think that the benefits of carry on include knowing that your bag is in the cabin (overhead) with you, instead of taking the "slow boat to china"
    all bets are off re: carry on (like a rollaboard bag) when you are flying a small commuter jet, as the rollaboards will not fit in the overhead or under the seat.

    i think lots travel with the carryon to save the fee and to have the convenience of not having lots of "stuff"
    Quote Originally Posted by WaltVB View Post
    So if I got this right, most people travel with carry ons just to save the baggage fees? I buy our tickets using a US Air charge card, one free checked bag each, first class check in and zone 2 boarding. Of course if flying first class it's not an issue. I know a hundred bucks sounds like a lot, and I think it's a rip off, but to me it seems like a hassle trying to pack everything in a carry on for a two week trip. It's a bit of a pain lugging the bags around for the first few minutes of the airport experience, but does it get you through the lines faster when leaving Aruba? Like instead of getting to the airport 3 hours early, you could get there an hour early? We fly out of a small airport, so there is no time savings there. I just ask to see if the carry on option would be something for us to consider.
    Happy Holidays to you and yours!

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    I do carry on because one, the airlines are unreliable getting your luggage there but most importantly, waiting for luggage in Newark and having to leave out that door and having a ride pick you up is a pain. when we land, we tell our ride to meet us at end of united terminal bldg at international departures. there's no one there, they can wait without being told to move and we are out of the airport within 5 minutes of deplaning.

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