Traveling by plane is expensive these days, and it’s only getting worse. Airlines this day are adding fees on top of fees and you can no longer take a checked bag without paying for it.
Not to mention luggage safety is a concern, checking your bag removes it from your line of sight, allowing anyone to open it and riffle through it at will.
Here are five reasons why you should travel with only a carry-on.
1. It’s Cheaper
Plane tickets are not cheap, and when you add extra fees, it becomes downright outrageous. These days, you don’t get anything from an airline without paying for it and an easy way for them to gauge you in the wallet is with a checked bag. Bags start around $25 and go up from there, and when you’ve already shelled out hundreds or thousands for a ticket, this extra fee can be too much. By eliminating the checked bag fee, you can save yourself a little bit of money on your next flight.
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2. Board First
Some airlines are thanking customers who don’t check a bag by allowing them to board the plane in advance of everyone else. Contact your airline to find out if this is something they would be willing to do for you as a reward for packing light.
3. It’s Convenient
Hanging around after you disembark from your flight to get your bag is not something anyone wants to do. You’re hot, you’re tired and you’re probably starving since you can’t afford to eat on your flight, so all you want to do is get to your hotel and enjoy your vacation. By travelling with only a carry-on, as soon as you are off the plane, you’re free to go on with your trip. Also, there is no chance of your bag not making your connecting flight and you being without your luggage for days.
4. It Holds You Back
If you tend to overpack for a trip, using only a carry-on can save you from this burden. Since you are limited in the size of your bag (and the weight) it will force you to bring less with you. Check with your carrier for a list of what you can (and cannot) bring with you in your carry-on bag.
5. It’s Safer
By carrying only a carry-on bag on your next trip can help keep your valuables safer. Considering that your bag never needs to be out of your sight, you don’t have to worry about who might be going through it and what might be missing by the time you get to your final destination.
So next time you are planning to travel by plane, consider ditching the checked bag and traveling with only a carry-on. Not only will you save yourself from the added expense of checking a bag, but, you may also experience boarding the flight first. You can save yourself the hassle of a lost bag, or waiting for your luggage after your flight if you do not check a suitcase. Also, you won’t be able to overpack for your trip. Keeping all your belongs in your sight at all times will also help to ensure that nothing goes missing, possibly ruining your trip. Try traveling with only a carry-on and see how it goes.