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11. Posted by Dodger (Inactive 875 posts) 2y

Actually I feel quite the opposite, that by having only a carry on, it is you who are owned by your luggage. You have everything of value in one easy small bag to swipe or loose, that has to constantly be attached to you, constantly in your vision. Your bag is stuffed full, and I don't care what you claim, you can not be as well prepared with things as you are if you have a slightly larger bag. (you carry 10kg max on board, I have 15kg checked) a small bag full, is not as comfortable as a larger bag that is made with a much better carrying system. You are limited to 10kg max, which you must always carry around. I have one checked 12-15kg backpack and all my valuables go in a small day pack, I can forget about the backpack, since it has nothing of value in it. You must always be worrying about where your 10kg bag is.

Borisborough, for you to remark that I do things my own way, just shows how you can only see things your way. I'm guessing you must believe all those millions of pieces of checked luggage that you see at every airport, all belong to me? No, they belong to the millions of travelers that have realized it makes sense to check their bag, rather than be one of those annoying, arrogant, rude, people that have a huge carry on bag, pushing all the limits, whacking everyone in the head as they try to maneuver it down the aisle, then frantically trying to stuff it in the over head space.

BTW no one said this thread was about the casual traveler. The OP was asking about backpacks for a 6 month trip around NZ and Aus, and asked if a 75l was too big. I'd say it's most certainly your advice that is misguided.

I sometimes do the, carry on only, travel, and in some situations it has definitely its advantages, but not for the majority of travelers.

So lets stop with this ridiculous back and forth, where you try to convince everyone that only you can be right, and that traveling with only a carry on, is for cool travelers. Millions of people that travel would disagree with you, and the evidence is at any airport you wish to visit.

[ Edit: Edited on 23-Nov-2013, at 18:32 by Dodger ]

12. Posted by Borisborough (Respected Member 426 posts) 2y

Wow Dodger, you seem a little sore!

If you want to go back and read my first post you will notice that I thought Terry's advice was good but I didn't actually say that I only do carry-on all the time. What I said was that a full 75 litre pack is likely to be too heavy at over 15kg.

For Sri Lanka (just two weeks) I took a 40 litre carry-on because the general advice is that the public buses are crowded and a large pack does exactly as you say - gets into the face of other travelers. But at least I don't think I said anything factually incorrect about what you can and can't take on a plane as carry-on.

I'm certainly not trying to convince anyone that "only I can be right". And, yes, like you I do my own thing (that's not an insult to you - more of a complement). I use my own experiences and I take advice from others when I go somewhere new - there's nothing wrong in doing things your own way.

The OP wanted some advice - you offered your advice and I offered mine. You obviously feel aggrieved that my advice differed from yours - the world would be pretty boring if we all had the same opinions.

[ Edit: Edited on 23-Nov-2013, at 23:21 by Borisborough ]

13. Posted by Andyf (Travel Guru 639 posts) 2y

My carry on pack usually ends up at about 7kg loaded, and doesn't generally crowd the limits.

This summer for backpacking in the Balkans for a couple of weeks we were flying WizzAir who have two tiers of carry-on, ie they charge for the trolley cases. My pack edged above the smaller limit, but with a strap squishing the top down a bit it made the smaller limit and saved me a few quid. So certainly not hogging space and annoying other pax.

For a day bag I've a fold out 5L bag that packs down to the size of a chocolate bar, so not saddled with my entire luggage all the time.

Dodger you're a bit defensive, just cos you're doing it all wrong! ;-)

14. Posted by Dodger (Inactive 875 posts) 2y

Quoting Andyf

My carry on pack usually ends up at about 7kg loaded, and doesn't generally crowd the limits.

This summer for backpacking in the Balkans for a couple of weeks we were flying WizzAir who have two tiers of carry-on, ie they charge for the trolley cases. My pack edged above the smaller limit, but with a strap squishing the top down a bit it made the smaller limit and saved me a few quid. So certainly not hogging space and annoying other pax.

For a day bag I've a fold out 5L bag that packs down to the size of a chocolate bar, so not saddled with my entire luggage all the time.

Dodger you're a bit defensive, just cos you're doing it all wrong! ;-)

Mate, as already said before, if you'd read the thread, you'd realize (although maybe not) you are talking about something completely different. 2 weeks in the Balkans-6 months in NZ and Aus

15. Posted by Dodger (Inactive 875 posts) 2y

Quoting Borisborough

Wow Dodger, you seem a little sore!

If you want to go back and read my first post you will notice that I thought Terry's advice was good but I didn't actually say that I only do carry-on all the time. What I said was that a full 75 litre pack is likely to be too heavy at over 15kg.

For Sri Lanka (just two weeks) I took a 40 litre carry-on because the general advice is that the public buses are crowded and a large pack does exactly as you say - gets into the face of other travelers. But at least I don't think I said anything factually incorrect about what you can and can't take on a plane as carry-on.

I'm certainly not trying to convince anyone that "only I can be right". And, yes, like you I do my own thing (that's not an insult to you - more of a complement). I use my own experiences and I take advice from others when I go somewhere new - there's nothing wrong in doing things your own way.

The OP wanted some advice - you offered your advice and I offered mine. You obviously feel aggrieved that my advice differed from yours - the world would be pretty boring if we all had the same opinions.

I'm not sure why you would think I'm sore? I find it amusing to hear you change your story, give bad advice and get so upset yourself. If you'd read what you wrote, before spouting off, you'd see that yes you have given factually incorrect information. Again you seem to be trying to twist things around to prove something instead of staying on track to give the OP some actual advice.

Quoting Borisborough

This is not actually true! Carry-on only means you can't take scissors or a swiss-army knife but it certainly doesn't mean you can't take soap, shampoo and toothpaste

If you'd read what Ive written, it says you can only take up to 100ml of each liquid and no more than a one quart bag total. This my friend is factually correct.

I'm not aggrieved in the least, although you clearly are, or you'd realize you were giving bad advice and move on. As pointed out before, (but I guess you don't want to hear it) your two weeks in Sri Lanka is very different from what the OP is asking about for a 6 month trip in Aus and NZ.

Yes we are all impressed that you and Andy can travel for two weeks with only carry on bags. Woo hoo! There does that calm your ego's.

16. Posted by Borisborough (Respected Member 426 posts) 2y

Quoting Dodger

These days traveling with only carry on baggage means, no toiletries are going with you. No shampoo, no soap, no toothpaste, no liquids period.

This is what you said! I said it wasn't true because it's not. And you then agreed with me by saying that shampoo and soap and the like was allowed but only 100mL of each (a block of soap is unlikely to be measured in millilitres so I doubt if there'll be limits on that). Go back and read through all the posts again (if that's what floats your boat). And I reiterate - a full 75L backpack is likely to be too heavy at 15-18kg and then you agreed that 55L might be better. Advice which, like yours, can be taken by the OP or not.

I haven't changed my facts.

Do you have an anger management issue? Or reading problems? :)

17. Posted by Dodger (Inactive 875 posts) 2y

Quoting Borisborough

Quoting Dodger

These days traveling with only carry on baggage means, no toiletries are going with you. No shampoo, no soap, no toothpaste, no liquids period.

This is what you said! I said it wasn't true because it's not. And you then agreed with me by saying that shampoo and soap and the like was allowed but only 100mL of each (a block of soap is unlikely to be measured in millilitres so I doubt if there'll be limits on that). Go back and read through all the posts again (if that's what floats your boat). And I reiterate - a full 75L backpack is likely to be too heavy at 15-18kg and then you agreed that 55L might be better. Advice which, like yours, can be taken by the OP or not.

I haven't changed my facts.

Do you have an anger management issue? Or reading problems? :)

Where are you getting this anger and feeling sore comments from? Sounds like you are mirroring your own feelings. Might time to step away from the computer for you and calm down. :)

18. Posted by Borisborough (Respected Member 426 posts) 2y

Quoting Andyf

Dodger you're a bit defensive, just cos you're doing it all wrong! ;-)

Yawn - "Time for bed", said Zebedee

19. Posted by Dodger (Inactive 875 posts) 2y

Quoting Borisborough

Quoting Dodger

These days traveling with only carry on baggage means, no toiletries are going with you. No shampoo, no soap, no toothpaste, no liquids period.

This is what you said! I said it wasn't true because it's not. And you then agreed with me by saying that shampoo and soap and the like was allowed but only 100mL of each (a block of soap is unlikely to be measured in millilitres so I doubt if there'll be limits on that). Go back and read through all the posts again (if that's what floats your boat). And I reiterate - a full 75L backpack is likely to be too heavy at 15-18kg and then you agreed that 55L might be better. Advice which, like yours, can be taken by the OP or not.

I haven't changed my facts.

Do you have an anger management issue? Or reading problems? :)

Funny how you don't mention the fact that you have gone and on about advise to travel with only carry on bags, on a thread that was about someone asking what size bag would be best for a 6 month trip around Aus and NZ.

20. Posted by Dodger (Inactive 875 posts) 2y

Quoting Borisborough

Quoting Andyf

Dodger you're a bit defensive, just cos you're doing it all wrong! ;-)

Yawn - "Time for bed", said Zebedee

Yep quoting from a 40 year old baby's tv program seems to just about sum you up. :)