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Yup, we sure did .. and lived to tell the tale!
We were renting a car and road tripping the island of Sardinia, so there would only be enough room (and barely!) for our four rollers.
I’d tell you what our packing lists looked like, but they were different for all of us. I rolled all of my clothing (my husband swears by this!) and seem to have been able to fit more into my roller than the rest of the group.
We made a point of booking lodging with a washing machine (line dry) mid-way through our vacation, which is what really made this possible.
IMPORTANT: Make sure you read the carry-on baggage rules for whatever airline(s) you are flying. Don’t make the mistake of assuming they are all the same! Each one has different size and weight allowances and you don’t want to find yourself on the other side of a Ryan Air counter having to pay more than you think is fair to check your bag.
Two of us flew United’s day flight to London Heathrow. United has size allowances for their carry-on baggage, but no specified weight. If it fits in the bag sizer, you can roll it on.
Conversely, we flew Ryan Air the next day from London Stansted to Cagliari. Only Priority passengers can roll on to Ryan Air flights, subject to both size and weight allowances (10kg). We paid to check our bags on this flight as they were both over 10kg and we didn’t want to risk it.
What do I mean when I say we didn’t want to risk it? Airlines don’t always follow their own rules and it’s possible you will get on board with a roller that weighs more than it’s supposed to. One girlfriend was flying Air Italy from Olbia to Rome. Their carry-on baggage weight allowance is 8kg, her bag weighed 23kg, and no one asked her to weigh.
(I just don’t like taking chances!!)
If you haven’t already noticed, I’m super obsessed with baggage weight. I’ve been carrying the Tarriss Jetsetter Digital Luggage Scale* for four years and it merits a permanent spot on my packing list. You can select your weight measurement (mine stays on kg) and it is 100% accurate. In my opinion, a must-have when traveling around Europe (or anywhere!).
Okay, back to the rolling on!
Because we were rolling on, we weren’t bringing some things we would need for our vacation. We had a plan to purchase the following items when we landed:
– Beach towels (used at the end to cushion the wine we brought back)
– Beach umbrella
– Shared toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, lotion, sunscreen)
– Water, snacks, beach lunch fixings
Additionally, we brought quart sized Ziploc bags (to make ice) and a small clothes line with us.
Toiletries were a cinch with my Anrui’s TSA-approved toiletry bag*. It’s clear, it’s the right size, and surprisingly, fit quite a lot and held up quite well!
I also purchased a JBL GO2 Waterproof Ultra Portable Bluetooth Speaker* to use on the beach. I was worried that the noise would bother people, but we kept it down low and more than once caught our beach neighbors singing along.
Last but not least, no girl’s trip is complete until you’ve got personalized cups for your squad! Our go-to is DecoratedBliss on Etsy. She does beautiful work and ships quickly.
What works for you? I’d love to hear your tips and tricks for reducing your travel load and rolling on!
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