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How To Check Bags (The Right Way) As A Traveling Couple

by Meg · 9 comments

Tony and I traveled around the world for an ENTIRE year in 2012 each carrying 32 Litre backpacks. I’m just gonna say it… We totally nailed the whole “packing light” concept :)

How To Pack As A Couple - Packing List

Let’s face it, checking a bag sucks. You have to get to the airport early to get your bag checked into the flight, you have to part ways with 80% of your belongings in transit, and then you have to wait upwards of an hour to get your bag in Baggage Claim…. And, yes, this airline “luxury” typically costs you a good chunk of money!

This fiasco was something we wanted to avoid at all costs during our RTW trip in 2012.

And because we made it 12 months traveling with bags small enough to carry on an airplane, we know that checking a bag can be avoided in most situations…

But what if you HAVE to check a bag?? What if your stilettos just won’t fit in a carry-on? What if you are traveling through Europe where many airlines check bags based on weight and not size?

If you can’t avoid checking a bag, then you can at least put your heads together as a traveling couple and develop a smart packing list and strategy to ensure your trip will not come to a complete halt if your bag does get lost in transit… and here’s how:

Divide items in your packing list between your two bags

Instead of each having your own bags, share your bags. Make your packing list and then pack half of your clothing and underware in one bag and half in another. Divide your electronic chargers, prescriptions, and toiletries up between the two bags. Make sure you have comfy footwear in both bags.


This way if one of your bags gets lost by the airline, you won’t be stranded at the airport without your belongings. You and your partner can continue on your journey while the airline finds your lost bag (which can take several days).

Packing List Tips - Traveling As A Couple

By being proactive with your packing list as a couple, you hopefully won’t need to buy anything new and you won’t be scrambling to replace your most needed travel items, such as prescriptions.

What happens if the airline loses BOTH of your bags?

Well, then you are really having a bad day! Just kidding… but more on this later.

In my next article, I’ll share some tips on how to pack the ultimate carry-on bag for traveling couples to avoid some worst case scenarios when traveling!

Your turn: What tips do you have for creating packing lists and checking bags as a traveling couple? Please share with us in the comments!

About Meg
Exhausted from traveling every week as a Business Management Consultant, I took a year off to travel at my own pace. I am a high-energy girl that loves being active, eating food, drinking wine, and exploring the world with my partner-in-crime (and husband), Tony!