Traveling with your luggage
When you book your flight, ensure to make note of their luggage allowance from your airline. When flying internationally, “carry-on luggage” may be called a “cabin bag” and “checked luggage” may be called “hold luggage”. Be sure to check if any baggage fees are included in your ticket price. If not, it’s cheaper to pay for your baggage fees online before showing up at the airport and paying then and there. Lastly, check the size and weight restrictions for your bags. Note that weights are typically in kilograms, not pounds. A 20 kg checked bag is 44 pounds, not the 50 pound limit Americans are used to for domestic flights. Using the provided Packing List, you should be able to keep your luggage weight to 44 pounds and under. This will prevent you from paying hefty luggage overage fees.
How much and what kind
We recommend fitting everything you need in one checked bag and one carry on bag. See the “Packing List” section for detailed directions for what to pack (and what NOT to pack). We have found success using backpack-style luggage for our checked bags and a small duffle, backpack, or large purse/bag for carry-on. Rolling suitcases can be a pain, especially because places in Europe can have large crowds, cobbled streets, and stairs. If you bring a backpack for a carry-on bag, this will double as a daypack for carrying everything you need for town days and adventure days. We strongly recommend you bring a daypack for carrying everything you need for the day while on the trip. Osprey, Gregory, and REI brands make excellent backpacks (some with daypacks included in the larger pack).