Travel Tip – Carry on Only
Carry on only if at all possible. Yes, it is almost always possible. Checking bags slows you down at both ends of the trip, and reduces flexibility if changes are needed in the middle. I have missed flights waiting for Customs to inspect checked bags. See Airline Travel – Carryon Only¬†for a case where having carry on only prevented a problem.
Get a slightly under sized rollaboard. That way when you over stuff it, you can still get it in the overhead. If you get one with a top front pocket, that’s where your 311 bag of liquids goes. Don’t make the security line wait while you unpack to find your liquids!