Suggestions for light carry-on bags
Mondays, at 2 p.m., The Washington Post’s travel writers and editors discuss your travel stories, questions, gripes and more at live.washingtonpost.com. Here are some edited excerpts from a recent discussion:
Checked bag fees are everywhere, so my partner and I usually prefer carry-ons. Some trips are too long, though, so we’ll opt to check our bags for convenience. Instead of checking two carry-on-size bags, we’re thinking of purchasing a larger suitcase for these events. Do you have a recommendation on a brand/ bag? Priority is a lighter-weight bag, as my partner cannot lift much because of past surgeries.
I’m working on a story about the best backpacks and laptop bags for short trips and should have it in an upcoming Navigator column. My early favorite is the Peak Design Everyday Backpack, which does it all and is welldesigned. — Christopher Elliott
My cousin and his wife are medical volunteers at a hospital in Kigali, Uganda. Their laptop is their lifeline to the world, and they’re flying from Uganda to Kenya to Brussels to Baltimore in June. They’re reluctant to pack their laptop, as in the past their luggage has been manhandled. What advice would you offer?
The ban does not apply to any of the airports they are flying out of or into, so they can bring their laptops on the plane.
The electronics rule applies to airports in Cairo; Istanbul; Kuwait City; Doha, Qatar; Casablanca, Morocco; Amman, Jordan; Riyadh and Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; and Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. — Andrea Sachs
I am traveling to Paris in the fall. WOW airlines prices look fantastic. Any reviews on the airline?
WOW is a discount carrier. It you want a seat assignment, it’ll cost at least $9 each way, and that’s for the back of the plane. Carry-on bags are $50 each way and checked bags are $70. But even with those fees, it’s often much cheaper than flying other airlines. Skytrax has given it a rating of three stars (max is five), and customer reviews on the site give it a 4 out of 10 max. — Carol Sottili
I’ll be traveling to L.A. for a wedding and will be there for a week. Any recommendations for biking and hiking? Also, what neighborhoods are good to stay in (and, bonus, will likely have Airbnb)? Notable vegetarianfriendly restaurant recommendations also welcome!
I like hiking along the coastal canyons, especially in Topanga State Park. Griffith Park, located just five miles from downtown, is also popular. As for neighborhoods, I’m a beach bum, so I always stay in Santa Monica, which is east of Los Angeles proper. West Los Angeles is also popular with tourists and downtown is definitely trending. I like Elf Cafe in Silver Lake for vegetarian.