Now that we finally have our plane tickets for our Europe trip this summer, I've been changing my focus to other aspects of our trip. Our luggage has been a big one for me - I had been trying to figure out if there was a way I could possibly pack for a two week vacation (including a wedding) in two different countries and just have a carry on. I'm pretty much to the point of admitting that's not going to happen, so now I'm focusing on the logistics of having to check a bag.
See, we have five legs of flying on this trip. And in those five legs, we'll be traveling on three different airlines. So the first thing I looked up was the luggage allotments for each of those airlines. And I realized that all three airlines had different allotments!
Air Canada (LA to Toronto, Toronto to Dublin): 1 checked bag is free, up to 50 lbs.
Lufthansa (Dublin to Frankfurt, Frankfurt to Rome): 1 checked bag is free, up to 44 lbs.
Continental (Rome to Los Angeles, via Newark): 2 checked bags are free, up to 50 lbs. each
Basically, go with the lowest common denominator: we'll need to make sure that our bags are under 44 lbs, at least until we get to Rome. Then it's pretty much a free for all - and knowing the people on this trip, we very well may need that extra bag! Fortunately for me, BF is the lightest packer I've ever met in my life, so hopefully there'll be some wiggle room when it comes to the trip from Dublin to Rome!
Another thing I've been thinking about? Packing with the thought in mind that we'll be lugging all our bags to numerous cities. But that's a post for another time!