There are some previous threads about carry ons, but I am not sure they match the current regulations.
I can get everything for our 17 day trip into two carryons (21.5 x 15.5 x 9.5 in) and two midget 'personal items' (13 x 10 x 8). But it is a real squeeze, and took merciless thinning of our stuff.
I am thnking it might not be too awful to check one bag. Maybe unzip that expansion and put back a couple items. Divide our clothes so we can proceed if bag is lost. Add a cloth carryon bag for the return flight and plan to check two bags on the way back.
Is skipping baggage claim worth it?
Stories and wisdom, please?