What's in there? Going carry-on-only
NO- I do not check the bags! Originally, it was because me and hubby are larger sized people, and if our luggage got lost, there would be NO way to get new clothes that fit in Ch*na. But then, when we discovered how easy it was, why would we check bags? So here I go, 4th time, carry-on-only.
In the backpack--what I must have on the plane (or cannot let out of my sight): meds, cough drops, toiletries, camera, computer, moist wipes, a few snacks, adoption papers, 1 change of clothes (in case they MAKE me check my bag- and it gets lost), 2nd pair of shoes (just because they fit in that space), smocking to do on the plane (hand-sewing for my daughter's dresses), and "Crazy Love" book my friend loaned me to read!
I don't put any meds, chapstick , or other things I need on the plane in the rolling bag. The rolling bag may be several bins away from my seat.....especially if I board near the end of the group.