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11. Posted by timebackpacking (Budding Member 11 posts) 35w

Thank you all for the replies. I will bring only the carry on 40l backpack (store all my stuff) as well as a 15-20l daypack which I will carry with me to hold my electronic.

As for the watch, it will be on me the whole time to monitor time and to use as an alarm clock. I don't plan on wasting my cellphone battery as well as show off my phone to the general public.

I'm hesitant on the Swiss army knife. Especially when I'm only doing carry on.

Clothes wise, they all fit into 2-3 packing cube. All of them light weight polyester. Again no laundry on my own as this is only 3 week trip.

I want to know if I should get a poncho or not? It can cover me up along with my backpack. Or should I get a cover for my backpack only? For rainy scenerio

12. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2422 posts) 35w

Quoting timebackpacking

I'm hesitant on the Swiss army knife. Especially when I'm only doing carry on.

There's nothing to be hesitant about. Read the carry-on regulations. The rules are very clear.

Cheers,
Terry

13. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1594 posts) 34w

Nothing wrong with having a check in bag. It's free on international flights. In a check in bag you can stuff the larger fluid containers, dive knife, etc. There may come a time when even a "carry on pack" may be too large for the aircraft you choose. (Especially discount airlines!) Always a good idea to have a second, smaller bag. Use a smaller bag when on tours or walking around and leave the bigger bag in the hotel.

Some tourists who have packs include a sack to stuff the pack in when checking it in on flights. Less chance of straps being ripped off by conveyor belts.

Have fun.

14. Posted by berner256 (Travel Guru 499 posts) 34w

Bring only what you think you absolutely need; anything else you can buy in Thailand, perhaps at a cheaper price than at home. You're only going to be traveling for three weeks!

While September is one of the wettest months in Thailand, there's no need to bring a poncho. You can either buy one there, or an umbrella, if necessary. Or, the hotel or hostel you're staying at can let you borrow something. In a pinch, you can use a plastic bag to protect you and your bag. Depending on the trip, I carry one or two trash bags. I used one on a recent trip, when my main bag had to go on top of a vehicle (I anticipated that).

Andyf asks the right questions. No need to bring a selfie stick that you may or may not use. If you want or need one, buy it overseas. They're sold nearly everywhere by hawkers and others, particularly in Asia; and they're incredibly cheap.

I haven't needed to bring a pocket knife in years. If you need one, ask to borrow it, or have someone cut something for you. Or use one of those plastic knives they give away in restaurants and food stores.

No need to bring mini-bottles of shampoo, etc. Hotels provide them, or you can buy single-use packets if need be.

I never check a bag unless I have to (the last time was on Australia's Airnorth flying from Dili to Darwin). Traveling light offers you flexibility, which I value. My main bag (clothes, flip-flops, rolled-up waterproof daypack, medicine, personal-care items) almost never weighs more than 7 kilos. My camera bag (including laptop) weighs about the same, or less, depending on the trip and its requirements.

The temptation always is to bring something that you think you might need. I'm guilty of it. So I try at the end of each trip to jot down what I used and what I didn't. That helps to remind me of what's really needed on future trips.

15. Posted by Andyf (Travel Guru 640 posts) 34w

>Nothing wrong with having a check in bag. It's free on international flights.

It's worth checking rather than relying upon this. Yes it's most probably included with all the airlines flying from the USA but elsewhere it is sometimes a paid extra. Normally budget airlines but they're all at it trying to compete with the budget model so never assume. Had it short-, mid-, and long-haul.

16. Posted by berner256 (Travel Guru 499 posts) 34w

Andyf is right to suggest checking. Some U.S. airlines, particularly discounters, do charge for checked bags, even the first one, on both domestic and international flights.

And whether or not there is a fee for checked bags sometimes is dependent on the fare paid. Finnair has a "Light" fare that allows for a free personal carry-on item; and charges for a checked bag.

It's worth noting that some airlines are very strict when it comes to baggage size and weight. Not following their criteria can be expensive.

One useful Web site: http://www.tripadvisor.com/AirlineFees. But it's always wise to check with the airlines directly.

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