Packing – Travelling Light

Some of you will know that we have decided to travel pretty light on this trip.

Quite a few months ago when we started planning I (Matt) was reading around on the internet and found heaps of advice around long round the world trips – all stating take much less than you think and if possible get it all into a carry on. While initially we thought this was a bit crazy we started to get into it and eventually decided we were going to do our trip with a single carry on each.

Long story short and many many painful ( to Rachel) and fun ( to me) hours of internet research later we had decided on and purchased bags, clothing , shoes etc .

So for those who are interested you can see some pics of our gear below:
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Our bags are convertible travel packs that can be used in a number of ways. Vital stats on weight below. These are legal carry on size and I used mine for a practice on my week to Chicago in June 2012 , worked a treat.

  • Matts: 6.5 kg
  • Rachels : 6.3 kg

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For those of you who are even more interested we won’t go into the specific packing list but I have two pairs of shoes and a pair of jandals, Rachel has one pair of shoes and  a pair of sandals, we have plenty of general clothing for most weather and don’t feel short on anything at this stage ( this stage being we haven’t started the trip yet!).

Rachel just wants to chip in here and state that her weight of 6.3kg includes Matt’s jandals!
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Bottom line though if we find this isn’t working we can cave in and buy different bags and / or more gear – no dramas.

Why are we doing it ?

Many reasons but here are some:

  • Don’t have to wait at luggage carousels at airports and can check in later for many flights
  • Security of knowing where your stuff is at all times
  • Weighs less when you are walking around with it!
  • Easier to move around in general- packing is faster when moving around often
  • Save on baggage fees
  • Simplicity of not having too much stuff and knowing what you do have
  • Because we’ve said we would do this and now have to follow through

We also have a ‘personal item’ each – Rach has a handbag and I have a ‘man bag’ where we can carry stuff like passports and Kindle e-reader etc.
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Above is everything we’re taking.

Next post will be Aloha from Hawaii!