Continuing on from a discussion that I started in another thread, how do you generally cope with the restrictions on luggage weight/number limits?
It seems to be generally understood that in economy, you are allowed 20kg's checked in, and another 5-10kg of hand carry? Somebody who actually knows might want to provide more accurate details - I haven't the foggiest idea.
Considering that the luggage itself might weigh anything from 2-5kgs, that leaves about 15kg. If you're travelling for business, or sightseeing, that might not be a problem, but what about shopping trips, etc.?
My in-laws, who recently visited, are an older couple living in Europe, who tend to bring a wide range of paraphernalia with them, including the necessities for both hot and cold weather (a problem with crossing hemispheres), the usual bits and pieces that one aggregates with age (health and mobility type things) and, most importantly, gifts for me and my wife :-) The thing that they struggle with the most is the number of pieces that are allowed. There's no way an older person is going to be able to lift a 20kg bag, and so they tend to split their luggage into many smaller, more manageable pieces.
Obviously, this presents a problem when airlines limit the number of items, but also adds overhead in terms of the weight of the luggage, and reduces the amount of stuff that they can carry.
Anyway, I'll stop rambling. What are your thoughts and experiences when it comes to travel luggage?