Thanks Pauline. But, what I am more concerned about is the carry on. You know, with taking an extra set of clothes, night clothes, windbreaker, meds, book or e-reader, my carry on usually gets bulky and I know from 1999 that they were looking at this very closely, and now I hear they don't even let you leave LAX if the dimensions are over 45. Stuffing an outside pocket can make dimensions go over limit. We were without luggage for 10-1/2 days on a Uniworld river cruise; since we had never had any lost luggage in 20 plus of traveling around the world, we never thought to put extra set of clothes in a carry on. Then my husband's pack with long lens, heavier digital cameras with exchangeable lens, netbook, extra clothes, etc., a duffel can be close to inches required.
I'm not concerned about the large suitcase; I know we have to have at least one Fall/spring type outfit; the rest summer clothes, but I don't wear shorts or sleeveless tops. I know how to pack for Australia/NZ, it's just the carry on I'm interested in.
So, if someone has recent experience