Quite often I get asked about “the personal item,” the smaller carry-on bag that most airlines allow passengers to take on board to keep under the seat in front of them.
And the question asked is always the same: Why don’t you allow people to carry personal items?
My response is always the same: Who says I don’t?
I carry a personal item. It’s usually a smaller bag that does double duty. When traveling, it has in it everything I need during the flight, train or bus trip while my main carry-on bag is in the overhead compartment.
When at my destination, it becomes as my day bag.
The only difference I suggest is when traveling, place the “personal item” INSIDE your carry-on bag and take it out at your seat. This way you only have ONE BAG to worry about at all other times.
I make note of this in section 7 of “Core Principles of One Bag Travel:”
7) Everything you eventually take with you must fit in one, wheel-less*, carry on bag measuring no more than standard carry-on dimensions: 22″ x 14″ x 9″/56cm x 35cm x 22cm. (This will vary depending on the airline you are flying.) The use of a second, smaller, personal item is optional. (Gold stars to those who can put their personal item inside their carry-on.)
I hope this clears up any confusion for those who thought I meant no second bag at all was allowed and everything had to be kept loose in their one bag.