Sometimes you have no choice and you have to check a bag for different reasons. If you can avoid it, then definitely do so. I promise you can pack a lot more onto a carry-on than you think. Maybe you haven’t thought of the reasons why a carry-on is better than checking a bag. Well I am going to give you 5 reasons why you shouldn’t check a bag!
Save Money. Wouldn’t you rather have more money for your trip? Most airlines charge for a checked bag. That money adds up, especially if you are checking more than 1. Then you need to consider going roundtrip. No bueno if you happen to be overweight to boot. The money you spend checking a bag, you could have eaten a good meal, bought some souvenirs, or done an activity at your destination!
Avoid Lines. Unless you have Clear, you will probably have to stand on a line to go through security. Even with TSA pre check there are lines. Do you want to spend more time standing on a line to check your bag? Sometimes those lines get so long that by the time you get to check your bag, it could be too late to even check it and then you need to stand on another to be rebooked.
Get Through the Airport Faster. Since you aren’t checking a bag you don’t have to stand on that line. Using a mobile boarding pass or printing one out at a home or a kiosk will help you. Then all you need to do is head over to the security line. It also helps when landing at your destination. I have had friends wait up until an hour internationally before getting their bag back. Wasted time. Instead you can just get it and go, no waiting,
In Good Hands. Who is going to take better care of your belongings than you? I have checked bags in the past and gotten them back with holes, wires popping out etc. Keeping my bag means I know it is being handled properly. I also know my belongings are safe and are less likely to go missing or break.
Just in Case. Long layover, cancellations, change of plans, delays, loss of luggage etc. You never know what can happen with air travel or your plans in general. If you have your belongings with you already you can make a decision on what you are going to do in different situations. Many times when trying to switch to a different flight, you have a better chance of getting on earlier flights etc if you don’t have a checked bag.
I haven’t checked a bag in years and unless I have to I don’t plan on it. It allows me to move quicker, save money, and I have all my things safely with me. It has also helped me be able to be more flexible with plans. If you have been checking bags, maybe you should reconsider and not check one.
Are you a carry-on or checked bag type of person?