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Traveling with a wedding dress

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We are headed to North Carolina from Houston to get married next week.  I am carrying on my wedding dress (we are flying out Tuesday); I've been told that I can carry my dress on and store it in the overhead or possibly hang it with the pilots.  Is this accurate?  I know we have the option to check it in, but I am too afraid it would be damaged or lost.  It's pretty big, so folding it is not an option.  Thanks in advance.


Re: Traveling with a wedding dress

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from what I have seen on flights people do carry them on without any problems that I have seen and they just lay it on top of other bags you don't want to put it on the bottom or your dress will get squished and possibly damaged. I don't think there are any closets for you to store the dress in but laying in the overhead bin should work just fine if you place it on top of bags. 


congratulations and hope all goes well with flying with the dress!


Re: Traveling with a wedding dress

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It's either going overhead or in a checked bag, there's no other spot to put anything. Warning about counting on overhead space, if the flight is full the overhead bins will be full of carryon suitcases and those do not leave much room for placing things on top of bags (it's hard to wedge a small coat in that space). And no one will be pleased if you take up an entire section of the overhead space. Just be warned you may need to do some compacting. My personal suggestion is to check it in a large suitcase and make backup plans to steam or otherwise deal with wrinkles if needed upon arrival. Congratulations and good luck!



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