Carry-on Baggage Rant (or Why I Hate To Carry-on)

I’ve decided to share with you, or more appropriately rant, as I sit here in at the airport waiting to board my domestic flight. About luggage you ask? Yes, about luggage. I’ll give it you straight – I have issue with carry-on baggage. Yes, I know, many passengers are avid devotees of this form of airline travel, declaring it far superior to the alternative of checked baggage. Not for me. I don’t get the appeal. Even though I do participate in carrying on I am not a fan of it. I sit here in the boarding area with my purse, a book, my FitBit, and my approved carry-on size wheeled suitcase. It is my standard gear for domestic flights. Yet if this was an international flight my suitcase or backpack (usually backpack) would be checked and ready to go in the underbelly of the aircraft (yay for free checked bags most of the time)! I would have with me a small bag containing what I need for the flight and far simpler! This is my preference. That is when I have a manageable-size bag that sits nice over my shoulder or on my back, sometimes with a an additional purse, sometimes not. It makes me happy happy happy that all I need is within simple reach. Not today though.

Yet when I fly domestically and am far too cheap (way to cheap) to pay for checking my bag 90% of the time. I opt to carry- on. This results in feeling like a packhorse weighted down while meandering down the airport corridors forever bumping into everything. I honestly don’t understand when others tout the benefits of carrying on (insert perplexed emoji here).

Let me explain the horrors (in a bulleted list no less):

  • Bathrooms! Dragging luggage into often busy bathrooms is cumbersome and awkward. Many airport bathrooms are narrow. Trying to fit myself and bag into one often resembles a wrestling match with the stall coming out the winner.
  • Wandering! I enjoy wandering through shops, stopping to grab a drink, or plain walk long lengths of airports (mainly to pass the time and to get some steps in on my FitBit). Much harder when dragging a suitcase or backpack behind you. I have knocked things over 😳.
  • Connections! Rarely do I fly domestically without a connecting flight so having extra bulk while being swept up in the throngs of passengers scrambling along escalators and corridors can make for a harrowingly life and death situation. It really is a dangerous endeavour!
  • Aircraft! I don’t know how they come up with the zone boarding system though I usually end up in zone 4 – the last lot. So when I finally board every other person has scooped up all the overhead bins. I mean people use them all! Even ones that aren’t above their seats. Mine ends up 10 rows behind!! Or under my seat and my small bag that contains what I need above and out of my reach!

Yeah so there ya have it. I am a checked bag girl! For those who carry-on with ease: I may not get it but kudos for excelling at the Carry-on Olympics. And for those like myself: you are my tribe. Oh and maybe I could consider being less cheap…er…economical. LOL!!

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