We’re off again on another trip to SEA, this time for 17 nights. While we have always travelled fairly light on our past smaller trips, we still used to check 1 bag at 15kg and then carry on a day bag each plus a handbag/camera bag. As we tend to take budget carriers, checked bags also have an extra charge. But on our last trip that we realised that the weight of our 1 checked bag could possibly be redistributed to 2 carry on bags and that our carry on bags could be more efficiently packed. So for this trip, we challenged ourselves to fly with carry-on baggage only! Still, could we achieve the limit of 1 carry on each not exceeding 56cm x 36cm and at a maximum weight of 7kg, plus a handbag or laptop bag? How did we do?
Firstly it required careful, thoughtful and minimalist packing. Luckily, except for 2 days in the city, the rest of our time is to be a beach holiday so not much clothing is required. This is our packing list:
*Each of us has approx. 3 outfits, including the one we are wearing: Jess: t-shirts x2, shorts x 1, pants x1, leggings x1, skirt x1, beach dress x1, singlets x2, underwearx3, jumper x1; Maddy & Yas: dresses x2, shorts x1, tshirt x1, underwearx3, jumper x 1; Jim: shortsx2, tshirts x3, underwearx3
*We have 2 pairs of footwear each, except Jim who went with only what was on his feet.
*We also had 2 sets of swim suits each (except Mom has 3) and a rash vest each for the kids.
*Snorkels x 2, Swim Goggles x3, inflatable beach ball
*Sarongs x 5
*Rain jackets x3
*Sun hats x4
*Sunscreen, insect repellent, shampoo/liquid soap, coconut oil, face wash, (all less than 100ml each due to carry on requirements)
*Antiseptic spray, bandaids, paracetamol,
*Travel washing line
*Travel washing line
*Laptop & charger, iPad, iPod, iPhone x2, chargers, adaptors
*Camera & charger
TIP: The clear thick PVC bags that sometimes children’s pyjamas or clothing come packaged in make for handy cheap ‘packing cubes’. I’ve used one for each kid’s things, and a zip lock bag for my own. Plastic bags will also suffice.
Secondly, traveling without checked baggage required thoughtful consideration of the type of bags that we were going to use. The bags needed to be able to fit the volume of our packing list, weigh no more than 7kg each once packed yet be limited to the physical maximum dimensions set by the airline for a carry on bag (in this case, it is 56cm x 36cm x 23cm). Normally the girls each have a small 12L day bag each which is filled with ‘their stuff’ such as craft materials, pencils, felt tipped pens, notebooks, and in Yasmine’s case, 2 teddy bears. But on our last trip, we realised that this was a very inefficient use of the carry on luggage allowance as each of their bags amounted to only about half of their allowable amount. So this time, we brought another light shopping bag in which to put their 2 bags in (for check in and boarding purposes), thus ending up with only 1 carry on between them at 7kg. We also had 2 small bags that had handles and wheels and housed most of our other contents. Both of these ended up with a final weight of 7kg each too. In addition, Jim had a day bag containing food and snacks while I had my ‘handbag’/camera bag (both less than 7kg). So in the end, we actually have ‘weight to spare’.
|This is what we are carrying on|
So our packing preparations for this trip proved our theory correct. We had no checked bags and carry-on bags only! We also saved a bundle of money by not having to pay for checked bags as we have 6 flights all with no checked bag allowance on this trip. But most of all, let me tell you how great it felt to be so ‘light and easy’. From getting in and out of the airport parking shuttle, to walking through the departure terminal, and finally to getting around at our destination—it was so nice not to be weighed down by even 1 heavy main bag. Why didn’t we do this sooner!!!
|Light and easy|