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Old 06-24-2015, 03:51 PM
 
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Yeah for international flights, I see people literally carry what seems to be their entire life belongings onto the plane with them.

Now the bigger issue is to make sure your body can handle the extra weight...AND you have to keep it tracked at all times. Also be careful of thieves/thugs who have been known to target tourists with nice fancy cameras.
I see a lot more people try to carry on the kitchen sink on domestic flights. International flights generally offer at least one free checked bag, so people often board with just a tote or backpack with valuables and essentials.
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Old 06-25-2015, 03:02 PM
 
Location: Honolulu
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I see a lot more people try to carry on the kitchen sink on domestic flights. International flights generally offer at least one free checked bag, so people often board with just a tote or backpack with valuables and essentials.
Good points as well. Maybe it's because I usually fly to HK/China when I go international and Chinese people are known to be toting everything under the sun. For westerners to Asia, they look less baggaged though

Occasionally you do see some families with lots of stuff on my domestic trips.
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Old 06-28-2015, 09:30 AM
 
Location: Austin
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I carried my Canon SLR with 2 lenses all over South Africa. It was worth the effort and a small camera would never have captured the wildlife images I got. I plan to take the same equipment to China next year.

My vote would be to take you good camera with you and just suffer a little with the carry on.
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Old 06-29-2015, 02:07 PM
 
Location: NW Indiana
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You've all been so helpful with your advice. It's good to know that the consensus is it's worth taking the big camera along, even if it's a bit of a pain to carry around sometimes. I'll put the camera and zoom lens in my carry-on and will pack the camera bag in my checked bag.

Another good idea that a couple of people mentioned is to carry a large purse into which I can stuff a few additional items. I'd never thought of that. I can pack my regular purse in my checked bag as well and make the switcheroo when I unpack later.

So many good ideas. Thank you all very much! We leave Chicago O'Hare for Venice in 87 days. Cruise starts in 89 days. Woo-hoo! Whee! Yippee!






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