Nope, this post has nothing to do with checked baggage fees. Hear me out. So on Sunday I’m leaving for my trip to Istanbul and Hong Kong (by the way, as of now we’re still the only people booked in first class on the first three longhaul segments), and I’m slowly starting to think about packing. I typically only travel with a carry-on and laptop bag, but I’m actually thinking about checking a bag. Why? Well, I’d love to take along my toiletries, and more importantly I’ll be getting more amenity kits and pajamas on this trip than ever before, so it would be nice to have a place to store them.
So it seems like a no brainer, but there’s one thing holding me back. When checking in at hotels I like to handle my own bags. While the bellmen always try to take my bag, I refuse, and I typically don’t feel like a total jerk since it’s a simple carry-on I can easily handle myself and it contains all the documents I need to check-in. The reason I don’t like them handling my carry-ons is two-fold. First, I get a bit annoyed when I have to give them a bag and have it show up 10+ minutes after I get to the room, especially when it’s midnight and I want to go to sleep. Second, I don’t feel like giving someone $5 for the privilege of having my bag delayed. If I did I’d just start tipping rampers. Most importantly, though, it adds a bit of time and hassle throughout the whole trip.
So that leaves two options: don’t take the extra bag or just tell the bellmen “no thanks.” I’m thinking that would get more of a confusing look at a five star hotel than at other hotels. Ultimately traveling with one bag would be easier, too. Or do I need to figure out a way to turn my two rollaboards and laptop bag into one, big, rolling unit?