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khansen, you clicked on the same link I did. Ye Gods!!!! I consider anything over $100 expensive for a bag. And the first carry on they mention is over $1400. Sheesh.

Tammy, I wonder the same thing. I guess the same people that use the steamer to hydrate their face. :::rolling eyes:::

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I wonder to what extent the sellers of these very expensive bags pay the writers, or at least the quoted "experts", to get mentioned.

I gifted this same article about a month ago.

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Sam, the NYT has an affiliate links program, which started with Wirecutter and has blossomed into regular articles, I believe.

Personally, I love reading the comments on these articles. Most commenters agree with us about the Perriand bag, and noted that it costs more than some actual trips!

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And they tell you to get a 22 x 14 x 9 bag then that is followed with recommendations for bags that are larger and wrigh over 9lbs. 🤣🤣

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My portable steamer is the hotel shower … works wonderfully to lessen if not remove any packing wrinkles and freshen a sport coat. And yes, there are those who don’t always pack wrinkle-free clothes and yet don’t like wrinkles.

Rimowa is a fabulous German crafted and built bag; yes expensive but might last your travel lifetime. The issue for me when I previously looked at them; their aluminum cases are heavy and the polycarbonate cases are built to Euro sizes, so don’t quite match up with US travel if you get questioned about carry on. And I certainly would not check that bag in.

For some, a Timex is a perfectly good device for keeping time. For others, a Rolex. It’s nice to have choices and why there are so many brands available.

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Sadly, the New York Times, just like every other major media source is shilling for dollars. This article is a prime example of that

you can no longer assume that the article is actually independent well research journalism, it may just be whatever the influencer they got to write it got for free to promote. 😔

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I am not sure if I am entertained or horrified. Although on another forum there is a poster who takes their Keurig with them to Vegas, and their bags are always right at 50#. I cannot even comprehend any of that.

Whoever wrote that article would probably not travel well with any of us here, lol.

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And if you want to see real sobbing occur. Be at an airport when someone with one of these incredibly expensive carry-ons is told the overhead bins are full and you have to check it. I watched a woman with a Louis Vuitton carry-on completely lose it. She was crying and of course, telling everyone within two gate areas how much her carry-on cost.

She actually chose not to get on the plane and take a later flight and the airline was nice enough to let her do that - they did not have to. If you choose not to get on a plane because you’re carry on has to be checked, you’ve chosen not to fly and the airline can just cancel your flight. End of discussion.

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Omg Carol that must have been something to witness !!!

Yeah I remember reading that article and clicking through to the $1450 carry-on (I already knew Rimowa was a super luxury brand). Ugh.

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Although on another forum there is a poster who takes their Keurig with them to Vegas, and their bags are always right at 50#. I cannot even comprehend any of that.

OMG, mikliz97, I can't either. Yesterday I had my scale out and was weighing some of the items I was planning to pack. My grandson's nurse was watching me and asked if I was trying to get my suitcase under the 50 lb limit. I laughed and said, no, I want to make sure it's under 18 lbs. That floored him, lol!

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My wife DOES pack a steamer. We were on a canal barge cruise last year and our cleaning lady let us use hers and Linda loved it.

As for carryon luggage, our favorite airline from home (Los Angeles) to London (British Airways) has slightly larger carryon dimensions and weights - 22x18x10 and 51 pounds. It wasn't easy but we found carryons that matched these bigger sizes.

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LOL! For the price of the luggage they recommend, I could stay a couple of weeks in Europe, bring nothing with me and just shop for it when I arrive!

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Yeah that article read more like a marketing or shopping pitch. Hey buy this $1400 hard case.

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Yikes.
An “evening suit”?
I’m not even sure I know what that is!
Pyjamas, in my world! 🤣

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Mardee--My bag last month came in at 16.6#. We are alike!

Jean--Love that idea!

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Carol, years ago I was at an airport gate when a mild mannered 60 year old was stopped from carrying a book case onto the plane. Ok, it was not yet assembled, was in a box 5 feet tall and 12 inches wide. I know, sounds like I'm making this up. The gate agents were incredulous that she'd not been stopped at TSA, the nice gramma passenger kept saying her sister had told her it would be ok. I chose to get on the plane and not watch the unfolding drama

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Posted by Mardee

Most commenters agree with us about the Perriand bag, and noted that
it costs more than some actual trips!

Exactly!

Posted by DurJim

And yes, there are those who don’t always pack wrinkle-free clothes
and yet don’t like wrinkles.

If God intended for cotton to be permanent press, it would grow that way.

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Posted by doric8

Carol, years ago I was at an airport gate when a mild mannered 60 year
old was stopped from carrying a book case onto the plane. Ok, it was
not yet assembled, was in a box 5 feet tall and 12 inches wide. I
know, sounds like I'm making this up. The gate agents were incredulous
that she'd not been stopped at TSA, the nice gramma passenger kept
saying her sister had told her it would be ok. I chose to get on the
plane and not watch the unfolding drama

I once carried on a framed watercolor my aunt had painted. The first 2 legs of the trip were no problem. The flight attendant stored it in the little closet they had up front. The last leg of the trip was on a little puddle jumper. Flight attendant told me I couldn't bring it. When I told him it had already been on 2 previous flights, he managed to find space in the little closet up front on that plane.

I was prepared to rent a car and drive if I had to.

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khansen--I made a photo memorial board for my mom's services and thought about taking it on the plane with me. I managed to make it 12x48, but was so afraid of someone telling me I could not take it so I had it shipped. I could have bought a seat for it for what I spent on the shipping!

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I wish these travel journalists would interview the Rick Steves' packing experts at least once. I think the article was really a way to sell status symbol luggage.

Years ago I carried a large canvas painting that belonged to a friend of a friend who wanted it back. Anyway, the flight attendants kept it for me in their closet because it didn't fit in the overhead. I was afraid to check it as I thought it would get damaged.

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I once bought a huge (but gorgeous!) black & white hat while on a work trip in Kentucky. By the time I arrived back at Seattle, hand-carrying it through a couple of airport connections in the large round hatbox, I learned a very valuable lesson!

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I once came back from Georgia hand carrying a ten pound bag of Vidalia onions because that's what my cat sitter asked for. In Chicago I missed my connection but, of course, my checked bag caught that flight and went home to st louis without me. I spent the night in Chicago, no luggage, just my purse and produce.

I was real tired of those @#$^&&%$ onions by the time I got home.