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Do You Pack a Change of Clothes in Your Carry-On Bag?

I hear my mom's voice as I type this, reminding me that one should always bring a change of clothes and underwear in a carry-on bag. Now even though I can come up with plenty of reasons to do this — layovers in different regions, fluctuating temperatures mid flight and those two most dreaded words (lost luggage) — admittedly, I've taken a gamble with simply a sweater in a small bag once or twice.

Do you think this concept is something that most people do most of the time, or something that everyone says, but few actually do in the end?

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betty-kraker betty-kraker 7 years
never i have only flown twice
dasterisk dasterisk 7 years
I travel all the time and I never pack change of clothes. I have had some problems with baggage not arriving properly, but it hasn't give enough trobles to pack change of clothes on my carry-on.
mek123 mek123 7 years
My mom told me to always pack a change of clothes and when my luggage was "mis-placed" it was a relief to have to it. Got my luggage the next day.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
I always pack a change of clothes in my carryon, only because I've been on a few flights where people have had their luggage lost and have had to buy new clothes. Better safe than sorry, I guess.
cheekyredhead cheekyredhead 7 years
I pack extra but it is usually sweats or light PJ's that could be worn as clothes in a pinch. We go on dive trips during the year so we HAVE to check luggage because we take most of our gear aside from the tanks. I figure--what is one more? If I had to live out of one suitcase I could but who would choose that if they could choose otherwise? Seriously, the cost of checking a bag is less than buying dinner. I'd rather skip lunch, dress well, and have a great dinner which of course would mean that extra suitcase is essential.
sweetpeabrina sweetpeabrina 7 years
I've never packed an extra set of clothes. I'm currently packing and will definitely pack an extra set, now!
Hello890 Hello890 7 years
Nope, I've never done this. It makes sense though. One time, I flew to the Amazon jungle for a couple of weeks and my baggage was lost....had to buy new clothes in Peru, because you really can't survive without long sleeves, good insect repellent, etc. I probably wouldn't do this for short flights though. I'm just too lazy and hate lugging around crap everywhere.
snarkypants snarkypants 7 years
ALWAYS! i do a lot of international travel for work, so i'd be SOL if they lost my bag.
Zigggy Zigggy 7 years
Yes- I usually try to only bring one carry on bag, unless it will be a long trip.
luna08 luna08 7 years
syako syako 7 years
Oh yeah, if I fly southwest I definitely check a bag! :)
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
I used to only bring a carry-on as well, but my last few flights have been Southwest, so I have been checking a bag or two. I've also taken my dog on my last few flights and his carrier has been considered my carry-on, so, no, I haven't been packing a change of clothes recently.
syako syako 7 years
I only bring a carry on. Now that most airlines charge to check a bag, it's not worth it.
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