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?