Rick Steves: Choosing the Right Travel Gear

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18 thoughts on “Rick Steves: Choosing the Right Travel Gear

  1. Rocco P Post author

    Rick offers some good advice, but the 9" thickness of his recommended
    carry-on exceeds the limit for both Ryanair and Vueling (20 cm or 7.9").
    Many intra-European flights marketed by British Airways and Iberia are
    actually codeshare flights operated by Vueling, so the smaller size limits
    apply. Also, Rick’s self-imposed weight limit of 20 pounds exceeds the
    carry on limits for Alitalia, Swiss, and Scandinavian (8 kg or 17.6
    pounds). If you only discover this at the gate, you may incur significant
    fees. If you want to take the larger/heavier bags, it might be cheaper to
    check the bag. EasyJet has the most generous carry-on restrictions,
    allowing bags up to 22"x17.8"x9.8" with no weight restrictions. This is
    actually slightly larger than the restrictions for most US carriers. On the
    other hand, EasyJet does not allow a purse or other personal item, unless
    you buy a more expensive seat or have special status.

  2. jkirk1626 Post author

    If you run out of room, get your camera crew and brow-beaten submissive
    interns to carry it. For stuff exceeding that capacity, use the PBS slush
    fund that American tax payers are forced to fund on pain of imprisonment.

  3. Susie Knight Post author

    You guys need to have this water bottle. I just received it fast from
    amazon and cant wait to take it with me for our next trip :) Really cool
    thing, love the collapsible style and the soft material is just amazing. If
    anyone is interested you can get it on amazon in US. Worth the money.
    Called GB-Ottle by Giant Beez …

  4. Big Fat Tony's Post author

    After 2 trips to Italy I now agree with Rick on packing light. "There is no
    way I can have all that I need in one bag such as that." "Well, he is right
    about having just one bag." " If my bag was smaller I could carry it and
    not have to drag it over these cobblestone" For the third trip I have come
    to believe what Rick has been saying all along.

  5. SpottedSharks Post author

    I love the hands-free feature that the backpacks give me. Because they are
    soft-sided they also form-fit to a degree to whatever overhead space you
    get on the airplane.

  6. Samus Aran Post author

    I live in San Francisco and I cannot tell you how many times I see tourist
    with luggage they can barely manage. It also gets in everyone’s way in
    public transportation.

  7. ESUSAMEX Post author

    I use the convertible carry-on backpack and I love it. I’ve had it for
    several years and I have never had a problem with it.

  8. James T Post author

    Love your videos and advise, Rick. As a US expat living in the UK, your
    tips helped me get started! A thank you!


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