How to Pack Two Carry On Bags and Get Away With It
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Airline rules allow for one
You don’t want to be like them. But you also might not be a one bagger. That’s okay! You can still pack light and be carry-on-compliant with two bags.
The solution is that one must meet your airline’s
My first backpacking experience was in Western Europe in 1996. Amidst planes, trains, buses, and ferries, I schlepped a giant duffle bag that was way too big for me. The bag had one zippered compartment and backpack straps with limited back support. To stop from falling over, I popped the daypack on my front. If I stopped suddenly there was no telling which way I’d land.
Thankfully, I’ve learned. Now I use structured bags that keep me organized, happy, and upright. Today, my travel style varies. I’m definitely a two-bag traveler. You know, the type who does her best to maximize every last inch of that treasured (and often free)
For some travelers, a two-bag solution is an ideal way to pack.
Sure, some frequent travelers are dedicated onebaggers. But that travel style isn’t for everyone or for every trip. Two bagging is how most people travel
The Benefits of Two Bag Travel
If you’ve traveled with one
The benefits of two-bag travel include:
- Maximizing total
carry onpacking space
- Increased organization with bag flexibility
- In-flight essentials at your finger tips, non-essentials safely stowed above
- Keep your laptop and work gear separate from your clothes and toiletries
- Ease of hands-free travel
- Having a second bag for day use at your destination
- No checked bag fees
The Rules of Two Bag Travel
To successfully travel with two bags, you need to know the rules. Remember you’re maxing out the rules, not breaking them. You don’t want to have one of your bags gate checked and have to endure the hassles of checked luggage.
For two bag travel, you’ll need to abide by two different sets of rules.
You get more space, but you do have to do a bit more homework to make sure you understand what’s allowed and what’s not. Make sure one of your bags qualifies as a
Two Bag Luggage Options
At Tortuga, we recommend a travel backpack as your primary,