I'm finding it impossible to fit everything in the 1 suitcase allowed by the airline and by Tauck. I have decided to take a laptop case to hold my electronic devices and accessories. I may change from the laptop case to a small carry-on suitcase, which is allowed by the airline, but discouraged by Tauck. Will it be okay to have this additional case, as long as I make myself responsible for transporting it around. Alternately would it be possible to stow it in the luggage hold of the bus? Help!
I regularly take what Tauck "on the road" call hand carries to and from my hotel room and the bus. A hand carry is different to checked luggage. That is collected from and delivered to your room by hotel porters. As long as you don't confuse your small bags with the big ones, and the TD and the driver are aware …. and you don't mess up the vital business of counting the cases …. it all works smoothly. It might be handy to pack a small, weightless, fold up carry bag that you can use for the small things you need to have with you in the bus … camera, brolly, brain surgery kit … There's a time and place for everything!
Jan is correct, just make sure the bus driver knows what you are doing and as long as you don't interfere with the logistics of the tour director and bus driver you'll be fine.