We're going interrailling in July and live in Derby, England. We all want to start our tour in Paris, but we can't decide which is th best option in terms of getting there. The first option is getting a plane from east midlands airport straight to Charles de Gaulle. This on the face of it is the best option as it is quick and cheap. However I really don't want to risk losing our bags from the flight with tent, other equipment etc inside, which will screw up the whole holiday. We have had it suggested that if we do lose bags and get stuff damaged then its nothing we can't replace in Paris, but being students we cant afford to replace stuff like that.
Another option is to get a train from Derby to St Pancras, and then from St Pancras to Paris, then getting a plane home from wherever we are to home at the end of the trip. This will probably be significantly more expensive, which is a major factor for us but obviously all our stuff will get there with us.
If anybody can offer us any suggestions as to what we can do about it and whether anybody has ever had any probs with flying and stuff getting lost, I'd be very grateful for that.