Traveling with my carry-on luggage around the globe

What is the best carry-on luggage

First of all what is the best carry-on luggage? There is no one who can give a straightforward answer to this question. This is so because the best one differs from person to person. It’s not because this bag is the best one for me that it’s also the best one for you. In my case I was looking for one that was good for the environment. So I looked at the best carry-on luggage and picked a very lightweight one. I got the Samsonite wheeled duffel bag as it only weighs a little bit more than 5 pounds. This leaves more room for my stuff which is very important if you’re travelling with only your carry-on bag.

Why I don’t check my bags at the airport

On some of my last tips abroad I had a bad experience when checking in bags. It seems that during baggage handling they throw with luggage. Handle luggage with care is not in their rulebook. The result was that my hard case luggage had dents and the plastic case was even torn open due to this. One time they even lost my luggage during a transit flight. In the end I got it back but it took a couple of days (4 days) before my carry-on luggage was delivered at my travel destination. Luckily I was staying there for 2 weeks at the same location. If I had been traveling from this destination to other spots I would have had to postpone the rest of my trip until I received my checked in bag or just go through with my trip but losing my bag. In some cases when people are going more inwards a country after arriving at the airport it can be quite difficult to receive your lost luggage.

Luggage and the environment

Some people won’t believe this at first but your luggage can have an impact on the environment. How? Well luggage equals weight and it’s this extra weight in an airplane that makes it burn more fuel. It’s as simple as that.

So there’s now a new way of traveling that is gaining popularity very fast. Instead of having 2 bags – a carry-on bag and a checked in bag – people are traveling with only 1 bag. If possible you should only take a carry-on with you.

So what’s the difference in weight? Let’s say instead of everyone checking in with 2 bags they now check in with only 1 bag. This means if you have an average aircraft with 200 seats and the average checked in bag weighs around 35 pounds that the total weight reduction would be 7000 pounds. This would be a big fuel saver and very good for the environment. Maybe it would even lower the price of airline tickets as airlines need to pay less for fuel consumption.

You can also calculate your own ecological footprint during flights here. Let us make sure that more and more people are aware of their ecological footprint and how they can help. For starters you can cut down on the clothes you pack when going on vacation and only use a carry-on luggage for your next trip. It all starts with you!