Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 21
Like Tree2Likes

Thread: longest trip with the least luggage

  1. #1
    Registered User daisy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Posts
    350

    longest trip with the least luggage

    What's the longest time you've traveled with carry on luggage? (preferably Tom Bihn of course)

    I'm figuring if you can pack carry on for 5(?) days then wash, the clock resets right?

    We're looking to travel in Europe for around 6 weeks Oct/Nov this year.

    If we travel Qantas (f/flyer points yay!) - the limit is 19" x 13" x 9" 7kg

    ONE piece in economy, two in business.

    We'll be staying in hotels, traveling on trains all over, eating in nice restaurants reasonably often. I'm hoping my carryon will be TB which can ride on the Beloved's wheelie when needed.

    Last european trip we overpacked ... dragging a wheels-on-short-side suitcase from Lyon station to the canal boat .... not so great.
    List under construction ....

  2. #2
    Registered User Lani's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Location
    Northern California
    Posts
    743
    As long as a trip doesn't cross into huge changes in season or weather, once you pack up for a week-long trip, you can use the same stuff for weeks on end.

    Our "longest trips" are usually only a couple of weeks long due to the number of vacation days we can take, but it's very easy.

    If you're staying in hotels, you can find out in advance if any of them have laundry facilities or you can have them launder something for you. You will want to hand wash your underwear and whatnot, but if you take a pair of jeans or something with you that you want washed, you can just splurge and have them clean it for you maybe once a week or so. Trust me, you don't want to be sink-washing jeans. You can always just go without jeans, but some people really love wearing them, including on travels.

    Your real challenge is going to be meeting the weight restriction, to be honest. Many European airlines have more stringent size restrictions, but it's the WEIGHT limit that makes it really hard.

    I posted a pretty lengthy article about my experience going ultralight for a Europe trip a few years ago (http://www.travelite.org/?p=90), and it's all about weighing your stuff.

    One option we didn't try but that we probably would on our next weight-restricted trip: Look at getting yourself a ScottEVest (http://www.scottevest.com/). They make them for both men and women, and in a variety of models. You can basically use all of the jacket pockets to stuff them with whatever you want, to lighten up your load. Stuff like cell phone, Kindle/iPad... as well as AC adapter... just stuff them all in your jacket. That will probably take a good couple of pounds out of your carry-on.

    When we flew on Virgin Atlantic, the lady at the counter took one look at our bags and never even asked us to check their weight.
    Lani Teshima: A Dyneema diva with a closetful of Tom Bihn products!
    Publisher, The Travelite FAQ: Don't get saddled with baggage—free yourself & your mind by packing lightly!
    Editor, MousePlanet: Detailed park guides, daily news & stories from all over the Disney kingdom | Technical writer | Marathoner

  3. #3
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Posts
    310
    Lani, I agree that there's no difference between packing for a week and packing for months, so long as you are planning for consistent weather and activities. (Obviously, if your plans include a week of business meetings followed by a month of mountain hiking, it's more of a challenge...) My Tristar is my go-to bag for long trips (supplemented with an Imago or large cafe bag as my personal-item which turns into my daybag-briefcase once on the ground). If I'm planning to travel on a 'one means one' airline like RyanAir or EasyJet, I substitute a Packing Cube shoulder bag for the Imago and tuck it into the Tristar. I've traveled for six weeks that way, sinkwashing as I go.

    If my trip is shorter--say five days or less, then it's Western Flyer time, unless the trip is in the winter, in which case the need for bulkier items like gloves, scarf, and heavier clothing push me towards the Tristar. I did once take an 8 day winter trip to New Zealand with just the Western Flyer and a large cafe bag, but honestly, I had to maximize every inch of space to do it, and if Air New Zealand wasn't so stingy with baggage weight limits, I'd have preferred the more convenient packing possibilities of the Tristar.

    And, by the way, your Travelite blog is terrific! I highly recommend it to anyone thinking about lightening their travel load, especially women!
    Western Flyer (crimsom) with Absolute strap, Zephyr (black), Medium Cafe Bag (steel/olive), Shop Bags (solar, steel), Large Cafe bag (navy/cayenne), Small café bag (forest), Tristars (steel/solar and indigo/solar),Aeronaut (steel), Side Effects (old skool black cordura, olive parapack), Imagos (steel, cork, wasabi, and aubergine, hemp, steel), Dyneema Western Flyer (Nordic/Steel) and miscellaneous packing cubes, pouches, etc.

  4. #4
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Location
    Hong Kong
    Posts
    9
    I agree with the previous posts, especially regarding weather and activities. I did 19 days out of an Aeronaut, but I wasn't doing much other than visiting friends and going to nice restaurants once in a while. I also left out my workout clothes and shoes because the tiny village I was staying in had no workout facilities and I'm too wimpy to run outdoors in Jan/Feb in the U.K.!

    Also, winter weather meant some bulkier, heavier clothes. If I had traveled during the summer, I think I could have packed more items, and therefore accommodated more variety in activities, or put in my workout gear.

    My packing list for this trip is in the packing list section on this forum if you want to have an idea of what the Aeronaut will hold.

  5. #5
    Registered User Lani's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Location
    Northern California
    Posts
    743
    Quote Originally Posted by flitcraft View Post
    Lani, I agree that there's no difference between packing for a week and packing for months, so long as you are planning for consistent weather and activities. (Obviously, if your plans include a week of business meetings followed by a month of mountain hiking, it's more of a challenge...) My Tristar is my go-to bag for long trips (supplemented with an Imago or large cafe bag as my personal-item which turns into my daybag-briefcase once on the ground). If I'm planning to travel on a 'one means one' airline like RyanAir or EasyJet, I substitute a Packing Cube shoulder bag for the Imago and tuck it into the Tristar. I've traveled for six weeks that way, sinkwashing as I go.
    Wow, I really like your method. Well, I kind of do something similar, using the Packing Cube shoulder bag as my purse, but I don't have an Imago. Now that I have an iPad, though, the Packing Cube shoulder bag is no longer my #1 option. I have a cover for the iPad and I'm really not worried about banging it up, but it's a very snug fit and I can't fit near as much in the shoulder bag. What I would love is a "double-wide" Packing Cube shoulder bag, or a deeper version that's in-between that, and the TS/WF Packing Cube backpack (think "long enough to slide an iPad into vertically).

    I did just buy a Dyneema Co-Pilot in steel (right after they announced the one in red! Can't decide if I want to trade colors yet since I know for sure hubby isn't going to want to carry "a red purse"); got a weeklong cruise to Alaska next month for which I'll probably be taking the Co-Pilot and well... haven't decided whether it'll be the Western Flyer or the Tri-Star. A lot will depend on...

    Shoes. Whether you need to carry a spare pair of shoes will often determine which bag you wind up packing. Do I want to wear my running shoes on the plane? Do I want to forego that altogether? I haven't decided.

    Quote Originally Posted by flitcraft View Post
    And, by the way, your Travelite blog is terrific! I highly recommend it to anyone thinking about lightening their travel load, especially women!
    Thank you for your kind words, flitcraft. I've been posting about traveling light since the '90s, with varying degrees of activity on my website over the years--it depends a lot on how busy I am. I finally switched over to a blog format because I just couldn't maintain a full site anymore, although I wish I had more time even for that. I figure at least this way people could just add the site to a newsfeed reader so they can just take a gander when I make a new post.
    Lani Teshima: A Dyneema diva with a closetful of Tom Bihn products!
    Publisher, The Travelite FAQ: Don't get saddled with baggage—free yourself & your mind by packing lightly!
    Editor, MousePlanet: Detailed park guides, daily news & stories from all over the Disney kingdom | Technical writer | Marathoner

  6. #6
    Registered User daisy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Posts
    350
    Quote Originally Posted by Lani View Post
    As long as a trip doesn't cross into huge changes in season or weather, once you pack up for a week-long trip, you can use the same stuff for weeks on end.

    Our "longest trips" are usually only a couple of weeks long due to the number of vacation days we can take, but it's very easy.

    ...
    Your real challenge is going to be meeting the weight restriction, to be honest. Many European airlines have more stringent size restrictions, but it's the WEIGHT limit that makes it really hard.

    We're lucky to work for ourselves so can take an extended trip. Haven't done it for years due mainly to having dogs we weren't willing to kennel for such a long time. Sadly the dogs have gone to god so now we can travel.. (have to explain to the fostered dog lying behind my chair that he IS NOT STAYING)

    Quote Originally Posted by flitcraft View Post
    Lani, I agree that there's no difference between packing for a week and packing for months, so long as you are planning for consistent weather and activities. (Obviously, if your plans include a week of business meetings followed by a month of mountain hiking, it's more of a challenge...) My Tristar is my go-to bag for long trips (supplemented with an Imago or large cafe bag as my personal-item which turns into my daybag-briefcase once on the ground). If I'm planning to travel on a 'one means one' airline like RyanAir or EasyJet, I substitute a Packing Cube shoulder bag for the Imago and tuck it into the Tristar. I've traveled for six weeks that way, sinkwashing as I go.
    mainly urban tourism followed by a conference for the beloved while I amuse myself solo for a few days. NO hiking :-)
    We'll be as far north as Brussels and as far south as Madrid. I need to research weather.



    Quote Originally Posted by sevendog View Post
    I agree with the previous posts, especially regarding weather and activities. I did 19 days out of an Aeronaut, but I wasn't doing much other than visiting friends and going to nice restaurants once in a while. I also left out my workout clothes and shoes because the tiny village I was staying in had no workout facilities and I'm too wimpy to run outdoors in Jan/Feb in the U.K.!

    Also, winter weather meant some bulkier, heavier clothes. If I had traveled during the summer, I think I could have packed more items, and therefore accommodated more variety in activities, or put in my workout gear.

    My packing list for this trip is in the packing list section on this forum if you want to have an idea of what the Aeronaut will hold.
    Useful list! - my weight limit will probably be 7kg also, although I can have two pieces if we go business class (been saving those flyer points for years).

    The aeronaut is too big for economy on Qantas but probably ok for business.

    Looking at the packed(stuffed) TriStar at Jefmac's blog I'm thinking the rumoured smaller aeronaut would be the go..
    List under construction ....

  7. #7
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Location
    Brazil
    Posts
    21
    Last year I did 18 days in Europe with a Western Flyer (I had a 6kg weight limit).
    Here's my packing list, if you're interested: http://www.tombihn.com/forums/showth...8657#post18657

    I have just ordered a Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Day Pack for me to take along when I need one. It weights 70g and shrinks to a very small size, so I can put it inside my travel bag and use it once in my destination.

  8. #8
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Posts
    30
    Anything over about five days is all the same. And dealing with different climates is done by keeping two things in mind:
    1. layer, layer, layer
    2. wear biggest, bulkiest, heaviest clothes on plane then take them off (well, not ALL of them, but you know what I mean)

    I've done four weeks, twice, to Europe in summer with just hand luggage. First time was with a slightly overweight (10kg) MEI Voyageur, second time was with a cheap, smaller bag I got from a tourist store here in Melbourne (20 x 10.5 x 9.5) at 7kg. A picture of it is here: bag and friend

    To be honest the Voyageur could have been a LOT heavier (it's the same size as the aeronaut) and was never really that full.

    I'm a short woman and had invested in light but smart travel clothes, so that helps.

    The aeronaut is not too big for Qantas for economy, either domestically or internationally, unless you make it too heavy. It's a 45" bag, and their limit is 45" **.

    Good luck, and have fun!

    edited to add: ** wondering, where did you get 19x14x9 from? Clicking Here, it gives the information that I just said.
    Last edited by cpau; 05-01-2011 at 06:43 AM. Reason: adding information

  9. #9
    Registered User peregrina's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Posts
    239
    I haven't read all the replies yet, but I have spent a month in Europe with my Aeronaut and hardly did much washing. It was spring/summer so most of the clothes didn't take much room...

    Here's a link to what I took and how I packed.

    I haven't checked luggage in... probably 10 years? Before I discovered TB I used a set of small roller and a bag that fit on top and did 3 weeks with that no problem. Again, I didn't wear half of what I took with me on that trip. I am known to be able to fit a lot in a very tight space.

    The only time I checked luggage in all those years was when my husband and I *moved* to Spain for a year and even then, we checked only 1 bag: a 60l backpack (not one each, but one for the two of us in adition to 2 sets of carry on bags).
    In our household: Black/Steel Aeronaut (with 2 large packing cubes and Absolute shoulder strap), Forest/Steel Aeronaut (1 large and 2 small packing cubes), Olive/Wasabi medium Cafe Bag, Linen/Olive Medium Cafe Bag, Cocoa/Cocoa/Wasabi Imago, Cardinal/Hemp/Steel Imago, Hemp Little Swift, Solar Shop Bag, Plum/Wasabi Side Effect, Black/Steel/Solar Smart Alec, Horizontal and Vertical Freudian Slips, TB Wallet, Hemp Little Swift, FOT pouch, Black/Olive ID

  10. #10
    Registered User peregrina's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Posts
    239
    On the issue of the Aeronaut being too big - I felt a bit unsure before ordering the aeronaut if it was going to meet the limits on many airlines. I think it was 1 inch bigger than the main airline I travel set as its carry-on size. But I have to say the aeronaut is one amazing bag. It looks smaller than it is, and even when well packed it never looks bulging. Also, it fits the overhead bins of even the smallest planes since it you can usually squeeze it in...
    In our household: Black/Steel Aeronaut (with 2 large packing cubes and Absolute shoulder strap), Forest/Steel Aeronaut (1 large and 2 small packing cubes), Olive/Wasabi medium Cafe Bag, Linen/Olive Medium Cafe Bag, Cocoa/Cocoa/Wasabi Imago, Cardinal/Hemp/Steel Imago, Hemp Little Swift, Solar Shop Bag, Plum/Wasabi Side Effect, Black/Steel/Solar Smart Alec, Horizontal and Vertical Freudian Slips, TB Wallet, Hemp Little Swift, FOT pouch, Black/Olive ID

  11. #11
    Registered User Fat Crip's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    I live a little South of Edinburgh in Scotland's border hills
    Posts
    587
    Quote Originally Posted by peregrina View Post
    On the issue of the Aeronaut being too big - I felt a bit unsure before ordering the aeronaut if it was going to meet the limits on many airlines. I think it was 1 inch bigger than the main airline I travel set as its carry-on size. But I have to say the aeronaut is one amazing bag. It looks smaller than it is, and even when well packed it never looks bulging. Also, it fits the overhead bins of even the smallest planes since it you can usually squeeze it in...
    The thing is to check the limits and then pack accordingly. I.e. For EasyJet, just fill it up with whatever you can squeeze in (big volume limit and no weight restriction); for RyanAir, remember that they only allow 20cm thickness rather than the more standard 25cm, so make sure you don't pack it too fat; and for FlyBe remember that their allowance is shorter at 45cm rather than 55. The Aeronaut will fit in all of their testers so long as its not too full. But, usually you can't fill it full to bursting anyway because of the weight limits.

    One other tip for RyanAir. The shoulder straps add a cm or more to the thickness of the bag so undo them and pull them out and out of the way before you try to squeeze it in to the tester. If they feel you're having to struggle to get it in they will make you check it!

  12. #12
    Registered User ChrisG's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    Santa Cruz, CA
    Posts
    62
    Not me personally, but my brother-in-law is currently on a 24-day around-the-world trip with a single carry-on bag. Left Florida for a week or so in Europe then on to China (both work trips), and currently in Hawaii enjoying a few days off. Then he's off from there to the same wedding I'm going to next week in South Dakota, before flying back home to Florida.

  13. #13
    Volunteer Moderator
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Posts
    546
    A few years ago I did a 6-week, 3-country trip in the summer with the Western Flyer and Checkpoint Flyer. I still overpacked. By a lot. Gonna try to make up for it on my next travels in the fall: Longest trip will be 3 weeks and at least 3 different cities. Western Flyer only, <15 pounds. Ditching the laptop, for one. Wish me luck!

  14. #14
    Registered User Peruvian's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    Northern California
    Posts
    103
    My wife, two boys and myself just came back from a 5-week East Coast exploration (From Toronto, Canada to NYC to Boston, all the way down to Miami, FL and then back to D.C.) with nothing but 1 carry-on and 1 personal item (bag) each. The biggest problem for my wife and I was that we had 1 week worth of business meetings, thus packing a suit, shirts (3) and shoes for the occasion threw us off. We literally did the "Planes, Trains & Automobiles" gig...but did washing from time to time at hotels' laundry rooms. The name of the game here is utilizing packing cubes to the max (we have the Eagle Creek Pack-it System for each one of us, including the kids) along with pouches of all sizes (I DO use the Tom Bihn pouches here) for chargers, cables, rechargeable batteries, etc. I (and my wife) also travel with an iPad each, so for me, what allowed me to carry everything very close to me, and then turn it into a day bag when touring around, was the Co-Pilot...what an awesome bag!

    I will not lie. Thinking about packing for a month or more is VERY intimidating, but when you start packing using everything I mentioned (cubes + pouches), it becomes much easier. Not too mention that once you are on your trip, you will realize it was NOTHING to get anxious about, and that you could've done with absolutely much less than what you had packed.

    Have a great trip and we'd love to see some pics when you are back!
    dorayme likes this.

  15. #15
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Posts
    310
    I am currently in China on a three week trip using my Tristar and Imago as my only bags. I have to say that I have found one serious challenge is combining professional clothing (I'm presenting papers at four conferences) with casual clothing for my off-days. Also, paper is heavy. Really heavy. My clothing (in Tom Bihn packing cubes) weighs only 2 and a half kilos total, but the books and papers I have to carry have added so much to the weight that I had the check the Tristar between Beijing and Hong Kong (Air China's carryon limit is 5 kilos!!) But so far so good. I plan to send some of the paper home by postal packet, so the last leg of the trip should go well.

    Sink washing is not a problem, as long as you pick you wardrobe with that possibility in mind. I just washed my professional travel blazer in the sink of my hotel room tonight, and I expect it will be dry and ready to go within 24 hours. Carry-on only minimalist packing is remarkably freeing. I am sneaking off to Macao for two days in the middle of my trip--I would find it unpleasantly awkward if I were weighed down with heavy luggage. Thank heavens for my Tristar!
    Western Flyer (crimsom) with Absolute strap, Zephyr (black), Medium Cafe Bag (steel/olive), Shop Bags (solar, steel), Large Cafe bag (navy/cayenne), Small café bag (forest), Tristars (steel/solar and indigo/solar),Aeronaut (steel), Side Effects (old skool black cordura, olive parapack), Imagos (steel, cork, wasabi, and aubergine, hemp, steel), Dyneema Western Flyer (Nordic/Steel) and miscellaneous packing cubes, pouches, etc.

Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast

Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0