Sug­ges­tions for light carry-on bags

The Washington Post Sunday - - TRAVEL - — Carol Sot­tili travel@wash­post.com

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.

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