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11. Posted by obrip32 (Budding Member 4 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

thanks for all the feedback, currently trying to figure out, how not to take too much stuff!
T-minus 22 days till journey begins :D

12. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 1257 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

As mentioned in another thread, try to keep your main bag (with clothes) to no more than seven kilos, or about 15 pounds. That way, you won't need to check your bag when flying. Besides the clothes you're wearing bring another two or three sets of quick-dry shirts, socks and underwear. Bring an extra pair of pants and a pair of shorts. Bring a pair of flip flops and/or sandals, a fleece and a rain jacket (to layer if it gets cold). It's wise to add a medicine/first aid kit that includes a small tube of petroleum jelly (for cuts, scrapes, nose bleeds, etc.) and an antihistamine or steroidal ointment for insect bites. A universal sink plug is useful for washing clothes (buy a detergent bar while you're in India or use shampoo). Buy whatever else you need over there. If you use prescription drugs, bring an ample supply since certain medications might not be available or the formulations may be different. I travel for up to three months at a time usually with a bag of no more than 7 kilos. This is for multiple regions. If I'm going from summer to winter, I add a down vest stuffed in a fleece cap. When traveling in bug infested areas, I also bring a buff to put on my head and also protect my neck. Suggest you buy a small daypack while over there to use on hikes, etc. Stuff it in your main bag when not in use. A smartphone is mighty useful, so bring one loaded with helpful apps, such as Google Maps, rome2rio, flightaware, XE.com, yr.no., etc. Don't forget plug adapters and your charger. Use your phone to take photos, or bring a small pocket camera such as those made by Panasonic that can zoom up to 720mm.

I'll be in Mumbai Feb. 21 and travel in rural areas of Gujarat for 24 days before traveling to the Middle East and Europe for another 46 days.

13. Posted by Borisborough (Moderator 1416 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

Quoting berner256

As mentioned in another thread, try to keep your main bag (with clothes) to no more than seven kilos, or about 15 pounds.

Haha! We thought that until we checked in for an Intercaribbean flight from Santo Domingo to Dominica the other day. The cabin limit was just 10 pounds (4.5 kg). We hastily stuffed the essentials into a pack-away daypack and checked in our 8kg packs. Once we were on the plane, we could see why the limit was so low. It was a twin-prop Embrear 135, 30-seater with virtually no overhead storage.

It wasn't a great problem and the plane was quickly unloaded on arrival but we certainly didn't expect to have to check in our packs though.

14. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 1257 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

Last fall we were on a 9-seater Britten-Norman BN-2 Islander from Invercargill to Oban, Stewart Island. Everything had to go in the back (no overhead storage). The maximum allowable baggage was 15 kilos.

I prefer not flying on Air France these days since there's a policy of requiring passengers to check their bags if the carrier deems a flight is full or nearly full. I had to check my bag of 12 pounds, or 5.4 kilos, on a flight from New Delhi to Paris to connect to a flight to Atlanta. The aircraft was not full. I was not happy. You'll see signs at Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) that spells out this policy.

Rollaboards frequently are chosen by agents to be gate-checked. I travel with a canvas bag (Red Oxx Air Boss); a friend uses a Patagonia duffel. We both prefer not to check our bags.

15. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 1398 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

I must be in the minority. I would rather check a bag and have the things that I need. Unless it is an unusual trip (where I am going from arctic to tropical and need a wide variety of clothes for instance or when I'm traveling with someone other than my husband so I have to take the battery charger and extension cord that he usually puts in his bag), I can usually get everything I need for a couple of weeks in a carry-on size roller bag. That bag doesn't ever weigh more than 35 lbs unless I load it with books.
But I check it - I don't carry it aboard. I have a small carry-on which has my laptop and my medication, and that's enough for me to wrestle through the airport.

16. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 1257 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

You are not in the minority. A recent survey indicates the vast majority of U.S. air travelers check at least one bag. See this link:

https://www.airlines.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/A4A-AirTravelSurvey-20Feb2018-FINAL.pdf

Checked-bag revenue continues to rise for U.S. airlines. Look for that to continue in 2020 and beyond.

Among U.S. carriers only Southwest Airlines does not charge for checked bags. It allows for two.

17. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 1398 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

I think I may be in the minority here as I have not heard anyone else here saying - go ahead and check a bag. That may be because I'm older.

22 years ago I would carry everything in a couple of soft side carry-on bags (if I was traveling in the tropics and didn't need heavy clothes). But 22 years ago I didn't have a computer that I could pack (at that time my personal computer was a desktop - I had laptop for work, but I would not have taken it with me on a non-work trip), and I didn't have a digital camera or a smartphone. Roller bags which were in their infancy only worked on hard surfaces - sand or mud are not their friend as I found out when we went to Belize.

I do believe that if you are reasonably able-bodied, you should be able to wrangle your own luggage

[ Edit: Edited on 04-Jan-2020, 19:16 GMT by greatgrandmaR ]

18. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 2370 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

I don't care to travel with a singe pack or bag on long international flights. (I did use a pack in the military for awhile but that was a different situation.)

For my long international flights I always have a check in bag and a carry on bag. For my check in bag there is no charge for the airlines I use. Back around 10 years ago I switched from 2 shoulder duffel bags (one small enough for carry on and one larger one that meets size and weight limits for check in.) When my knees started to give me some problems I switched to two wheelies. One that meets size limits for carry on and the other for check in.

In my carry on bag I have spare trousers, spare shirt, spare underwear and thin jacket. If leaving and returning home during winter I include a sweatshirt. I have been stuck in airports without access to my extra clothing and did not like it. I have had coffee spilled on me on a plane and was glad I had spare shirt and trousers and underwear. In the carry on bag is my razor, toothpaste (acceptable size,) tooth brush, deodorant, and after shave. In the carry on bag I do have a smaller walk-around bag in case for some reason my normal carry on bag has to be temporarily checked with the smaller bag I have a place to put my meds, computer, camera and books to read during the ride to the primary flight.

I do over pack for long trips but I like my stuff. I like extra t-shirts, underwear, extra walk shorts and some other stuff that can't be carried on a plane in a single pack or bag. Other stuff such as Swiss Army Knife, multi tool, scissors along with needle and thread and a few other things that would not be allowed through security. Thin clothesline, larger sizes of sunblock, couple ball caps, gloves if wintertime. Also some peanut butter and maybe some other favorite munchies. (I know some of my favorite snacks can be found overseas but I can get what I like for much cheaper at home and I have the room for it! I know some travelers buy clothing as they need it but I am too cheap to buy something and throw it away.) Some of my travel trousers have extra stitching to keep the backside from splitting, extra stitches on the pockets to keep stuff from falling out when sitting down. On a couple pairs of pants I have an extra hidden away inside pocket.

  • * For some of the hot climates I have been in I have gone through a couple sets of clothing in in a single day just walking around and sweating.

For a short flight where I am gone for just a few days I have used a single bag or the smaller wheelie and stored my other stuff at a hotel.

For any bag, pack or wheelie make sure you have proper name tags on it. A lot of bags and suitcases look the same. Besides a tag that can be lost or removed I have my initials stenciled on the bottom big enough to be noticed from far away.

For a pack that you have to check in some people put it in a sack so the straps do not get caught going through all the conveyors. Have a way to lock your pack is my suggestion. (This is for storing stuff at your hotel later on.) If you have no way to lock a pack you can sew on some D rings you can stick a padlock on.

Don't be surprised if in some locations you find tourists using good old fashion suitcases going to the very same places you are with a pack.

[ Edit: Edited on 04-Jan-2020, 22:05 GMT by karazyal ]

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