ALWAYS take a carry-on. This subject is personal to me because I have lived the LL (lost luggage) nightmare. I went to Paris and my bags were sent to Tokyo. I did not get them back until I was ready to go home. The only thing that made my situation believable was that I at least had my meds. LESSON LEARNED: Your carry on should include meds, jewelry and any thing that you need to live. If you can put all of your belongings in a carry on, do so.
P.S. I was miserable until I remembered that I was in the fashion capital of the world and that I would get reimbursed for everything I was “forced” to purchase. The struggle was definitely real!! LOL
3. Save samples of perfume and toiletries and pack them in your bags. This will save you from violating the 3-1-1 liquids rule. (You are allowed to bring a quart-sized bag of liquids, aerosols, gels, creams and pastes through the checkpoint. These are limited to 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters) or less per item.)
4. Put a copy of your name and itinerary in non carry-ons in case they are lost.
5. Take pictures of your non carry-on bags.
Here is a great tutorial on packing. Have a great trip -it’s in the bag!