Flying with checked bags vs carry-on only?

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    My husband and I are considering flying to Mexico with only carry-on bags. We find much of the hassle at the airport (at both arrivals) involve waiting for the checked bags to make their way to the carousel.

    Has anyone done this? Fly only with carry-on bags? The nice thing about Temptation is that you don't have pack a lot of clothing. I'd imagine shoes, Bubba/Yeti mugs would take up a good part of space.

    Another thing we are thinking about is packing small portions (<3 oz) of sunscreen vs buying sunscreen (either at duty-free or upon arrival to Cancun) I realize sunscreen costs about $20USD in Cancun (not sure how much it would be at duty-free) but it might be worth it if we can avoid the hassle of the checked bags.
     
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    We’ve stayed for five night, on four separate trips, and have done carry on only with no problem each time.
     
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    And one benefit is the missus can pack her swim attire for the week inside one Bubba Mug.

    And I always stuff a few things inside all the shoes.

    Not sure you’d want to skimp on the suntan lotion.
     
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    Don't skimp on suntan lotion. But I do know Walgreens sells 2.7 oz bottles of spray on sunscreen. We can order Walgreens stuff through work. I asked them to order me 6 of the regular bottles (they don't stock sunscreen in January in Kansas). They ordered 6 of the tiny bottles. Would be a lot to fit into a TSA liquids bag though. Also where would you put your plane booze?
     
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    2 carry ons 2 backpacks plenty for us. Toys and all
     
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    Sunscreen can run you as much as $30 a bottle in Mexico. You could consider the powdered mineral sunscreens. I use them, and they are water resistant and work as well as liquid ones. Some come with a brush attachment, and others a pouf, but I use a face powder brush with a stump for a handle to save on space. The powder is invisible on, though I like the one with bronzer in it so I can fake a tan. It's more expensive, but it goes MUCH further than liquid or spray so I think the cost works out the same. Cheapest on eBay.
     

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    We used to do just carry-on bags for that very reason, but changed our minds about 2 years ago. Here's why.

    Shoes make the outfit. I don't care what it is, but if I'm wearing nothing but pasties and a g-string, I'll have on hooker shoes! Hell I wear them even when I'm naked! I felt that my costumes were incomplete with only 4 pairs of shoes for a week!

    Like you, we are anxious to get to TTR and the wait for luggage seemed like an eternity, until we discovered the liquor store just after you go through immigration. Now, we check one large bag (usually 49lbs) and head to the liquor store. We take our time and do some samples and buy a half dozen bottles for the week. By the time we check out, we walk right over, pick up the bag, and because the crowd has diminished, go right through customs and to the USA Transfer van.

    When we get to TTR, I have my shoes, we have premium liquor, and we have a buzz!
     
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    Well put that's exactly what we do. Party on
     
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    How does the powder hold up in the water?
     
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    I don't know that I've ever had to wait for a checked bag. The immigration line is so slow that the bag has always been there when we got to the baggage claim. If we have ever had to wait, it's certainly been less than 10 minutes. We also try to get the earliest flights possible, but MX isn't known for efficiency.
     
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    Never could do it with carry ons only. 3 checked bags (49.5 lbs each) and two carry ons total for 11 days is norm. 1 checked is almost all of k’s shoes. Swimwear, lunch wear, cocktail dresses for dinner, clubbing outfits for later, lingerie, workout gear, dive gear, batteries.....a book or two .....20’ hdmi cable..... Luggage at the Cancun airport is usually a lot quicker than domestic flights.
     
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    It's supposed to be as water-resistant as liquid sunblock. I generally just use it on my face and chest, which aren't in the water, so I'm afraid I can't vouch for how long it actually lasts in the water.
     
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    Hmmmm ...... batteries....for cameras and other accessories.
     
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    Mrs. Team's accessory runs off an electrical outlet - batteries never were strong enough LOL.
     
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    We've always done 2 checked and at least 1-2 carry on's...this trip we're thinking it will be 3 checked bags (our airline charges for carry-on now!).

    Also, you have to go through customs first before you can even get your bags so by the time we're through with that our bags are normally sitting there already.
     
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    Our only concern with checked bags are some of the "toys" we travel with. Not sure I want the 20 year old behind the X-ray machine segregating the bag out and holding up some of these for all to see and then having to explain it is not a weapon.....
     
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    Thats the hole fun of it ,lol ,, years ago we brought a 13 inch strap on for a Toy gift exchange,, same year they got those new xray machines on the way out ,,lol we got some looks ,
     
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    13"???!!! Remind me not to pass out near you guys!!