questionswhat is a good, not too expensive, lightweight…

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Rather than limiting yourself to one kind of carrying, there are small rolling luggage carriers that you can strap any small bag to. Using one of them might give you packing options during future trips.

this is more or less what they look like: http://www.amazon.com/Samsonite-SA6226CG-Compact-Luggage-Cart/dp/B000MN9CVI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1296250442&sr=8-1

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@lavikinga: Thanks for the suggestion, but that will just add more weight. I may not have explained my problem clearly. I want to take just one bag and have as much of the allowed weight (when there is a weight limit) be for the things I am taking, rather than for the bag itself.

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@eremita: There are duffel bags with wheels. Now that you know such a thing exists, I leave it to you or others to track them down. They weigh around a pound or so (mostly it's the wheels).

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@eremita: Ah. Ok. Mine is pretty darn lightweight, but I understand your intent. Rolling duffle is probably the best idea out there.

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@shrdlu:
@lavikinga:

Never thought of that. Will check into a duffel. Thanks!

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Carry on that will fit in overhead should be 21 inch or less from floor (wheels count too). I have never had to weigh my carry on. In adddition to carryon, I put my large purse in a tote bag along with kindle, passport, and a whole bunch of other stuff that will fit in the tote-and that fits under the seat. So far I have not had a problem because the large, open tote is considered a large purse (a canvas tote that looks like the reusable bags in the grocery store.

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@klozitshoper: I am not a purse person but I do carry a large one when I travel. Three years ago on a trip to and around Scotland, flying non-US airlines, we were subject to a weight limit on our carry-on (excluded purse, thank goodness) and they were weighed. Will be over on that side of the water again this summer and this time want something that weighs less than eight to ten pounds. I've looked a little this evening at duffels and I think that is probably the way to go.

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@eremita: Just curious. Were you flying a major airline or one of the discount carriers such as EastJet?

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@klozitshoper: BA to and from and I can't remember the names of the smaller airlines within.

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i have a samsonsite rolling carry-on that i love. it's not too heavy and has held up well - i have had it for years. if my current one ever craps out on me, i have my eye on the Samsonite Aspire GRT 21" Carry On Spinner Luggage (they cost about $100).

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I am sure this is totally hit or miss, but I bought a $30 rolling carry on (Protege, I believe) from wal-mart that has been to hell and back and has held up much better than my old designer $100 luggage.

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@meh3884: I thought I might check out Walmart, Target, Sears (no K-Marts in north Texas) etc. to look at the duffels and get an idea if that shape will work and the weight of them. I thought if I found one that looked like it would work, and it was cheap enough, I'd just get it, travel with it, and make a decision if it is the way to go and if I need to spend more.