My wife and I each have a carry on bag (only- as in Rick Steves type packing) on our upcoming flight to Israel going El Al from the New Jersey connection. We successfully did this to Europe. On this trip my wife wants to take presents for her relatives that will take up the space equivalent to another carry on or good sized back pack (the size high schoolers use). El Al appears to permit only one carry on for Economy class, looking at their website. Has anyone else schlepped like this with carry ons or are we better just checking in our bags?