We knew we didn’t want to pay to check any baggage, but when we measured our smaller suitcases, we discovered they were about 1.5 inches too big to carry on.
Since I had a gift card for $28 to Kohl’s, we decided to head there to find a carry on that was the right size. We figured carry ons would cost about $50 or $60. Boy, were we in for a surprise! Most of the carry-ons were over $100! For one suitcase.
Finally, I found a 5 piece luggage set that included one smaller suitcase that was the perfect size for a carry on, and the whole luggage set was on sale $79.99. We bought that one, and after the gift card was deducted, we paid just over $50 and got a $10 Kohl’s cash certificate.
(I used the certificate to by my youngest a Christmas present later and only had to pay $2 out of pocket.)
After we returned from California, we sold the largest suitcase in the 5 piece set on Craigslist for $20.
After all was said and done, after deducting the gift card I had, the Kohl’s cash and the $20 we got from selling a piece on Craigslist, we only paid $20 for the carry on. Best of all, I rolled all of our clothes so that my husband and my clothes both fit in there.