Alrighty people. Advice needed from people who have either used these things or have tried to use them or know someone who's used them or what have you.
Do you like them??? Would you use them again???
Also I had it brought to my attention that if I am going to use these things that I need to be careful because since I can put more into my bag, then the weight adds up. Which is bad, obviously, for weight restrictions on aircrafts. However, I have been told that if you have a bag that exceeds the weight limit that you have to pay for the extra weight that you are taking with you. If that is the case, then I have no problem whatsoever in paying for the extra weight since I will be gone for a year, give or take. This is also within the U.S. so I don't know what the case is for international flights. I will be going to New Zealand if that helps with information.
Having said that, any info would be greatly appreciated!!! Thanks, guys!!!
I use packing cubes to keep my stuff organised. I don't find that it reduces weight or space - it's just easier to find stuff.
You will be allowed 2 bags at 23 kgs each for your flights ex the USA. I think Qantas still lets you take 2 bags up to 32 kgs each. However this is only for flights originating in North America, the weight restriction for the rest of the world is only 20kgs. So if you take an internal flight in NZ, you will only be allowed 1 bag up to 20kgs.
Airlines will never guarantee that you can take excess luggage on a flight even if you pay. If the flight is full or overweight then they will not accept any excess luggage - just beware!
Awesome. That helps me out a bit. So I guess with starting in North America, I should be okay. I don't plan on flying internally in New Zealand. I think I'll use busses or trains and what not. So hopefully I won't ever have to worry about that.
You are just full of info, chemgal!!!
Well I'm a Kiwi travel agent so you're asking questions on my specialist subject! But try and get to change a tire and I'm stumped!
I was also wondering about these, and if they actually work. This post might help you out....
Thanx for that JD.
I just read through that whole post and got some good ideas. That post was posted right before I got here so therefore I didn't see it. So, sorry for repeating a post, people!!!
I just got back from a five week trip to Costa Rica using a 36L backpack. The secret to my being able to use that small bag for everything was definitely my spacesaver bag. I had a small one from a pack I bought that included larger ones that required a vacuum, but all that was required of the small one was to push the air out to compress everything. It was very handy. The only complaint I had was I never separated the clean and dirty, but hey, when you're backpacking it happens.