by the way, it's scary what the co-pilot will hold!
i did a bit of sweets shopping in amritsar before heading back, and i had in the main compartment: a 2kg+ box of gulab jamun (it's a box designed to hold 2kg, but i have them stuff it with as many will fit so they don't move around), a 0.25kg box of cashews, a 190 page hard back book (in a pocket), and miscellaneous papers. in one side compartment: a glass leak proof dish with 0.3kg of ladoos (the dish weighed another 0.3kg, if anyone is keeping track). in the water bottle compartment: 10 38g cadbury chocolate bars, 6 small cadbury 5 star chocolate bars, and a bag full of cadbury eclairs taking up about as much space as the chocolate bars. in the other side compartment: a canon s90 camera in a small padded organizer pouch, shure earbuds in a mini padded organizer pouch. in the back pocket: anti-bacterial wipes.
fortunately, the co-pilot doesn't add all that much weight. but all the stuff i had in there made it quite a pack! thank goodness for the absolute shoulder strap!
for the return, the aeronaut held (as best as i can recall): a crazy creek camping chair, 3 yoga pants, 2 short sleeve t-shirts, 2 long sleeves thermal shirts, a long sleeves shirt, 4 pairs of underwear, 4 pairs of socks, 3 hard back books, a big (but thin) sticker book, 9 cd's, each in its own jewel box, toiletries, my tilley hat, a big men's shawl, a travel clock, a pair of sunglasses in a hard case, and a small shop bag. thank goodness for its wonderful backpack straps!