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1. Posted by claire1812 (Budding Member 21 posts) 7y

Looking at the suggested "what to take travel list"... Surely that will add up to over the weight limit for the plane.. eg.20kg...??

Any suggestions/comments please?

2. Posted by BedouinLeo (Inactive 698 posts) 7y

What are you taking? Your guide would be a good way for us to sort out the necessaries from the not needed.

3. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 7y

Of course you should not take all that is on the list - it is just a list of items people have found useful when travelling. Looking at it can give you an idea what you might have forgotten to pack.

The way to do it is print out the list, collect everything together, then sort into 3 piles. Must take, take maybe, stays at home.

When you are done with that half the must take pile and pack that - the rest goes back into the cupboard.

Some sort of kitchen scales to weigh every item also help to keep the total weight down. There are some packing light freaks who drill holes into their toothbrushes to save a few grams - go figure.

4. Posted by fabyomama (Respected Member 560 posts) 7y

To be really anal about it, the 'must takes' are passport, money and the clothes you stand up in - though, for me, it covers the very basics of health and hygiene. Unfortunately, it's a bit of a moving target that depends on the nature of the trip.

My 'must take' includes a big bar of solid 'shampoo soap'. ;)

5. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 7y

It does also somewhat depend on where you are flying to/from. If I'm not mistaken, you still get to take 2 x 32 kg if you fly via North America on any trip. It's absolutely mind boggling nuts to me that anyone would want to take 64 kg on a trip, but you could clearly pack a little extra if you were heading to Hawaii for a week or two with those limits :)

I don't know quite how this plays out in other families, but I tend to be around 15kg on a long trip. Between wife and child there's usually another 35-40kg. The kid adds things like travel stroller though, which don't weigh much, but can be annoying to lug! If I'm travelling alone though I might actually take more, even on shorter trips. I'm guessing it's down to knowing what you can comfortably carry. If I'm travelling alone and just have one big bag, it's fine regardless if it weighs a little over 20kg. If however I've got to carry 2 or 3 bags, I try and keep my own things to a minimum. Kind of weird really when I think about it like that!!

6. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 7y

It's absolutely mind boggling nuts to me that anyone would want to take 64 kg on a trip,

It is not mind boggling when you consider that those rules were established with immigrants to the USA in mind. When you have to pack up all your life and everything you own two bags with 32 kgs plus handluggage aren't much.

7. Posted by jlnemenz (Budding Member 11 posts) 7y

Quoting t_maia

It's absolutely mind boggling nuts to me that anyone would want to take 64 kg on a trip,

It is not mind boggling when you consider that those rules were established with immigrants to the USA in mind. When you have to pack up all your life and everything you own two bags with 32 kgs plus handluggage aren't much.

...which apparently will be my case! I intend to move to Europe next year and I think the restrictions I´ve read about are not two 32 kg suitcases, but two 23 kg! I´ll have to try and fit my life into that and a carry on. Now that I´ve said that, I have had to reduce my belongings to a minimum, yet I suspect I can still reduce it. There will be a lot of things I can certainly do without or that someone can keep for me. I know there are many things that will make more sense to buy over there than to bring with me. I would say to consider what you can get during your trip so as not to carry it around with you from day one.

[ Edit: Edited on 05-Oct-2009, at 07:00 by jlnemenz ]

8. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 7y

I think the restrictions I´ve read about are not two 32 kg suitcases, but two 23 kg!

That depends on what airline you are using.

European airlines flying across the Atlantic generally allow 23 kgs, airlines from North America usually allow bags with 32 kgs. Exact rules vary from airline to airline and depend on the class of your ticket (economy, business, first class) and sometimes even on the route you fly on (ie if your airline is codesharing with another airline with more restrictive rules).

9. Posted by JuliaInOz (Full Member 1 posts) 6y

I had to pack to live in Australia for two years, and I made it with two under-23-kg suitcases, plus carry-on. It's not easy, but it is do-able. (Mind you, I am not a business-person, different rules apply if you have to show up to work in a suit every day).

For many people, clothes and shoes tend to be the struggle. You have to come to terms with the fact that you will either have to get used to wearing the same things, or replenish your wardrobe abroad. For a long-term trip, you shouldn't be taking more than three pairs of shoes (1: hiking boots/tennis shoes, 2: tennis shoes/tevas (depending on climate), and 3: one pair of nicer shoes/sandals for going out). And maybe a pair of flip-flops. If you wear your hiking boots on the plane, it cuts quite a bit of weight. Be aware of how many pairs of jeans/coats/heavy duty clothing you're taking, this adds up to considerable weight. In a cold-weather situation, investing in quality, light-weight outdoors gear can really help you out here.

Hygiene and cosmetics products do vary considerably abroad, so if you really can't do without a particular brand of facewash etc, don't expect to find it at a local grocery/pharmacy, you should probably bring some along - but not a year's supply. Enough to get you through until you find an alternative.

When you've finished packing, do put your pile of 'loved but rejected' items in one place, and someplace your family or friends can get to them. If you find you've made a mistake and really need something, they may be kind enough to mail it to you.

Good luck!

10. Posted by rjv.bwj11 (Budding Member 13 posts) 6y

The weight that has to be carried while travelling normally depends on for how many days i will be away from my home and where i suppose to go. There can not be any specified rule to carry luggage it differs.