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Unread 30 Sep 19, 07:54 PM  
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With regards to toiletries / razor etc

Can we take a small bag as well as a wheelie case?

I think I might be able to do hand luggage only on the way out and buy a bag to add onto the return.

Will be KLM /Delta and then BA /AA
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Yes you can take one laptop bag or handbag as well as your suitcase.

You can pack a normal razor but toiletries only small I think 100mls so miniatures for the first night but you will need to shop while you are there.

Just remember to check the weight as well as the size, but we travel hand luggage only everywhere and never find it a problem.
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We are planning on having hand luggage only on our next trip
Im buying travel size everything and we have a washing machine so see how we get on
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We have done a few hand luggage only holidays ( not Florida) I have purchased toiletries, sun cream etc online from Boots. You order about a week before and just collect your order once you are airside. Leave a bit of room in your cabin case to put them in. Watch your weight, I was a little over my weight allowance this year but bag was not weighed anyway.
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We've done hand luggage only to a few places, but never Florida. I'm seriously thinking of doing it next summer though. The laundry at the resorts is so easy and cheap so it's no bother to use when we're in the pool.

That's a good tip to buy larger toiletries we get airside after going through security. I was thinking of picking stuff up once out there. But sometimes it's nicer to have your own sun cream etc. I'd maybe worry about going over the weight allowance though. Hmm, decisions. I've got 10 months to decide yet, so will do some more pondering.
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Take less stuff

But in seriousness, there's 4 of us so 4 clear bags and taking enough travel size toiletries for the first few days isn't a problem. We do a walmart shop for suncreams, shampoos, shave foams etc and dh just uses disposable razors.

With BA/AA there's no limit on hand luggage weight (well technically there is, but not sure quite what you'd pack to weigh more than 23kgs!). You can also have a 'personal item' which fits under the seat with all the stuff for the flight, although we hang the from the tray table. DH takes a folding holdall and then unfolds it on arrival and all travel hoodies/fleeces and small bags are chucked in for convenience. Then we fill it with booty on the way back.

We travel around a bit and do occasional laundry - I can't be hauling a 4 dozen pairs of dirty pants around - it's insane and just .
We also take a lot of 'extras' like a feather pillow, fleece blanket (has been used as a towel, picnic mat, beach, sarong, changing screen, keeps sandy kids off the car seats and occasional blanket!). Also usually have about 1.5kg of biscuits & choc for family gifts.

I really wonder how people manage to fill a case with 23kg of necessary stuff, as well as a bit of hand baggage - why would a family of four need over 100kg of stuff for a 14 day holiday?

ETA - the expandable bag we use only costs about a tenner from wilkos, and iirc is 32" unzipped, and is wheeled.

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This may will be our first time with only hand luggage we will buy from walmart on arrival i think with all the years of luggage allowance dwindling it is quite easy to do now and we will buy an extra case for all the goodies coming home i really don't know how we used to fill our cases in the early years of 6o kg each allowance.
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Double check dimensions of hand luggage, when travelling multi airlines we always go with the smallest allowance and live within that.

Last year did BA AA. Had to check in a BA hand luggage price on the AA leg. Wasn't happy.

I think Delta (esp if delta connect) is likely to be the smallest. The size of the second bag changes too.

We try and stick to the smallest and have only had it removed twice to go in hold - but the send time we had left the expandable zip open in a bid to sneak more it. AA spotted it.

So, we are good. I then get super hacked off when you get in the plane and so you domestic passengers carrying huge quantities of luggage or a 15 tonne elephant and nonchalantly strolling on the plane and ramming it in the overheads. Grrrr.
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