How much weight do you typically carry on 1-2 week trips?
Hey, fellow travelers, what are typical weights for your carry-on bags?
On every trip I've ever taken, I ended up with heavy bags that weighed me down. Today, I made a concerted effort to sit down and plan what I would take for a 1-2 week trip to the Middle East, inspired by a recent post on the OBOW blog, but even in my most conservative mode, I would have a main bag that would weigh about 20 pounds, and a personal bag that weighs 10. I'm 5'2" and this is probably too much. I wonder if I will have to resort to a roller bag. :( It's not so much the clothes, but toiletries and electronics that contribute to the total weight.
I'm already making changes like using electronic rather than printed guidebooks, leaving my nicer camera with the extra lenses at home, and abandoning my jeans for the trip.
One of the things I'm wrestling with now is the ridiculous amount of gadgets I end up taking. I love photos, so the camera (which is a fairly compact Canon G15, but heavier than a true pocket cam) comes along, and of course my iPhone. And the Kindle, which is pretty light. So far so good. But half the time I end up also throwing in my iPad or a computer, which is significantly heavy, particularly when you add in the chargers for these things. The problem is that I LOVE to look at the photos I've taken each day on a big screen, and also want to back them up, post them online, etc., during the trip. How do you deal with that?
My Electronics Kit for Trip to Italy
I am about to leave for Italy.
I used to carry a laptop, I used to carry a DSLR and accouterments.
I now find that I can do 99% of what I need to work on ... on my iPad mini – and this is a wonderful thing! It's very liberating!!
Yes, the Apple 12W USB Power Adapter (iPad charger) or the older 10W model, will work quite fine for other all iOS devices and iPods. I carry one, plus another one as a backup.
I use the wonderful Kindle app on both the iPad mini and iPhone. Eye strain is no longer an issue. Brightness goes way down in dark environments (it's all adjustable, and automatic if desired). Additionally, I set the page color to sepia or to black (with white text) when necessary. (That last one works quite nicely to mitigate eye-strain). Finally... I up the font size if need be.
Here's what what works for me on a trip to Italy ... your mileage may vary:
1. An unlocked iPhone 4 (AT&T GSM model). Used for telephony when abroad. I am fluent in Italian, but I don't want to be bothered going to retail stores while in Italy to purchase the SIM card [Actually, the closest I'll get to a store is waiting impatiently outside while my wife shops]. So, I order the proper pre-loaded sim (voice and data) before the trip from Prepaid SIM Cards With Data For Travelers from PrepaidSIMcard.org. I have no problem paying extra for the convenience.
If necessary, the iPhone 4 will also provide navigation when driving
2. My current (locked) iPhone 5. I use this abroad with roaming and cellular turned off. I will use it in WiFi hotspots. I also have my various data and travel apps installed plus games, music, video, etc. And... it's needed for telephony when I return to the states.
3. Camera? What camera? This will be the first time I leave the camera bag full of DSLR and lenses behind. The iPhone 5 will be my only "camera" for the trip. For my kind of photography, this is more than adequate. I know the "pixel-peepers" will disagree. Don't care because I am enormously pleased with the results from the various post-processing photo apps available. (I teach two iPhoneography courses, so I am very comfortable with this format).
4. My iPad mini. My workhorse. For work, entertainment, navigation, research, running various travel apps, trip journaling, communications via email, SMS, MMS, FaceTime, Skype. Watching video. Reading books and magazines. Killing zombies and tossing birds around. Post-processing photos from the iPhone 5 and 4. Backup storage of photos from the iPhones (via the Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit and an Apple Lightning to 30-pin Adapter -- careful not to use cheap third-party knockoffs for any Lightning connection accessories).
In retrospect, I should have purchased the 64 GB model rather than this 32 GB one. Oh well...
Thanks to my iCloud and Dropbox accounts, my data and image backups are also accounted for from all my iOS devices. In particular, via Apple Photo Stream, my images are synchronized/backed up to my computer at home.
This iPad mini (WiFi plus Cellular) also has an pre-paid unlimited data-only SIM card from PrePaidSimCard.org that I ordered ahead of time.
My iPad mini is a true workhorse that is with me all the time... either in my beloved Tom Bihn Co-Pilot (Navy/Iberian) or tucked away in my ScottEvest Travel Vest. Yes, I just bought my third Co-Pilot because I had to have an Iberian Dyneema interior to make me happy!
By the way, my other bag on this trip will be my wonderful Tom Bihn Aeronaut (Steel/Ultraviolet).
5. Battery backups:
– A Mophie Juice Pack Air External Battery Case for iPhone 5. This is a fantastic, high-quality product. Also available for other models. Incredibly thin and light, considering the power.
6. My Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover for iPad Mini. When attached to the iPad mini, both together fit perfectly in my Tom Bihn Cache for iPad mini.
– Two aforementioned iPad chargers, with necessary plug adapters (see below).
– A Travel Power Strip that supports 240v ... also has a couple of 5W USB ports for charging devices. Will probably use these to charge my Mophie Juice Pack and my Logitech Keyboard which come with their USB to Mini USB and USB to Micro USB cables.
– The Apple iPad (and laptop) chargers have a removable component (called a "duck") for interchanging international plugs or an extension. I will be trying the Apple extension Power (wall) Cord for Europe (Italy). [Alternatively, you can purchase just the single "duck" for Europe without the extension.. called the Apple US to Europe Plug Converter Travel Charger Adapter.
– I also take a OREI Grounded Universal 2 in 1 Schuko Plug Adapter Type E/F for Italy.
– And a few of the Italy Travel Power Adapter Converter Plug B.
– Because sometimes the distance to wall outlets is inconvenient, I always have a 1 Meter USB Extension Cable.
– Finally, one each Apple Lightning to USB Cable (1m) for the iPad mini and the iPhone 5. An Apple 30-pin to USB Cable for the iPhone 4s.
Hope this helps some fellow travelers!
Someone please help me!
I have BAS (Bihn Acquisition Syndrome)!!