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21. Posted by Borisborough (Moderator 1186 posts) 29w Star this if you like it!

We managed seven weeks through Europe last December/January with carry-on only. One pair of boots, dress in layers and wash socks and undies day by day. And don't buy big souvenirs! :):):)

22. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 1380 posts) 29w Star this if you like it!

The longer you travel for, the less you want to carry.

And if you can travel for a couple of weeks with a kit, you can do long term on the same gear. Once you get past the point of carrying fresh underpants for every day of your trip, you've accepted you'll do laundry, and tgen it's just a question of how often.

I've gone RTW a couple of times on carry-on, and anytime I'm persuaded to take bigger luggage I end up regretting it.

23. Posted by Andrew Mack (Respected Member 659 posts) 29w Star this if you like it!

In large parts of asia it's really cheap to get laundry done.

24. Posted by Hensku (Budding Member 83 posts) 29w Star this if you like it!

Mostly its the cold weather clothing which i am worry about, they take a lot of room and i need one extra pair of shoes which also takes little bit extra space and a towel..other wise it might be okay :)
For the souvenirs i already made a deal to send them back home along the way when they start to weight too much ;)

25. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 1380 posts) 29w Star this if you like it!

Unless I'm going to the Arctic, my cold weather gear consists of layering, so most of the garments get worn at other times too.

I travel with a tshirt, shirt, fleece, and a light goretex waterproof jacket. Most of the time I'm wearing just the shirt and fleece on top but the four layers is enough in most cold places.

On my lower half I've a choice of jeans or walking trousers. That's comfortable down to nearly zero Celsius, if I'm expecting colder on a trip I'll add some thermal longjohns. For footwear I usually just travel with a pair of Keen mid boots which are waterproof but presentable for anywhere I want to go and suitable for all seasons.

Cold weather is seldom a problem for me. If I'm outside I'm usually walking and that keeps me warm.

26. Posted by Hensku (Budding Member 83 posts) 29w Star this if you like it!

Its a problem for me, i get chilly easily! But we just have to avoid really cold places, so far i think Lhasa is the coldest city on our plan :) it should still be warmer than Finland in winter :)
What kind of bags do you have? And to avoid translation errors on my end, you did mean by carry-on a bag that you can take to cabin? :)
We are going to take backpacks and in some or maybe all (?) airlines you cant take backpack in cabin with you

27. Posted by Andrew Mack (Respected Member 659 posts) 29w 1 Star this if you like it!

Quoting Hensku

and a towel..

Modern microfibre travel towels are tiny when folded and very efficient.

As AndyF says, layers are the way to deal with the cold weather.
I've recently been impressed with the improvements in modern synthetics (especially a long sleeve runners shirt) that are ultra-cool when worn on it's own (it lets wind through whilst blocking the sun to some degree) but when worn under a windproof 'shell' layer it becomes a surprisingly good thermal layer.

Also, if your cold weather is all early in your travels then you could consider mailing them home before moving onto the hotter part of the journey (although that can get expensive).

[ Edit: Edited on 28-Jul-2018, at 07:12 by Andrew Mack ]

28. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 1380 posts) 29w Star this if you like it!

Yes a carry on is a cabin bag.

For long trips I use a backpack that's about 40 litres. I've not had any issues with airlines, do you mean the bag being too big for their size limits? It should be easy to check on the website of the airlines you will use.

I'm sure the 60-80 litre packs you see some travellers with do cause a problem for airlines, and they are made to check them into the hold. That's just one of the miseries of travelling with a large pack.

29. Posted by Hensku (Budding Member 83 posts) 29w Star this if you like it!

Andrew, thanks a lot for the towel tip! I will buy one! :)
Andy F, do you have everything you need in that 40l backpack or do you have to buy lots of things along the way? Of course soaps, toothpastes etc needs refill but other things?

30. Posted by UliS (Travel Guru 119 posts) 29w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Andrew Mack

Also, if your cold weather is all early in your travels then you could consider mailing them home before moving onto the hotter part of the journey (although that can get expensive).

Or take your oldest clothings and throw them away..., except Australia you can usually get things cheaper then at home.
I usually travel with a 30 liter pack, 6 to 8 kilo (but girls need a little bit more), this is not only better in planes, its also more easy in long distance and city buses to have small luggage.