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Hi All, i am about to launch myself on a 70+ day RTW trip that I am/was thinking of doing it using carry-on luggage only. i am a male, with ...
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    70 Day RTW Trip with Carry-on Only ?

    Hi All,

    i am about to launch myself on a 70+ day RTW trip that I am/was thinking of doing it using carry-on luggage only.

    i am a male, with some medical issues (need some pills and a CPAP machine to carry for example), looking to take one or two changes of basic clothes - shorts and polo-like shirts, and minimal camera/electronic gear.

    am going on this route - mainly with AC, LH, LX and TG for the inter continentals (all in Business), and United around the US (business again) and Asiana for an Asia Air Pass - in Economy.

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    i am just looking for comments, tips, experiences from the wise collective that is AFF please ? I am now thinking of taking a checked luggage bag, so i would appreciate any ideas please ?

    do many people do a trip like this with carry on only, or it is a bit impractical ? i have prepaid everything - except for food and misso souvenirs and minor transport. i will be staying, touristing in urban areas only

    thank you if anyone has any ideas.
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    Re: 70 Day RTW Trip with Carry-on Only ?

    Do it. You won't regret it.

    Even if you do, you can just buy a new bag along the way but I doubt you will.

    A few years ago I did 7 months in the EU/Turkey/Egypt/Morocco carry on only and it was great. I used this bag (I'm sure there's an updated version):

    https://www.tauntonleisure.com/lowe-...om-black/p8604

    Ever since then I go carry on only unless it absolutely can't be avoided. You'll be surprised how much you can fit in and it just makes life so much easier. I even carried a compressed sleeping bag and a 10 inch netbook around with me.
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    Re: 70 Day RTW Trip with Carry-on Only ?

    HLO is easy if you think about what you need before hand. Choose clothes that can be formal(ish) and also suitable for more casual wear as well. I am sure that there is a wealth of information on the WWW about this.

    Most airlines allow 2 x 7kg for J. That's A LOT of stuff!

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    Re: 70 Day RTW Trip with Carry-on Only ?

    2 x 7/8 KG would be more than i would ever use for this type of trip. i thought of taking z 2 x 7kg before, but tried to get away from it, but now think i might be easier if i just took 2 HLO bags and piggyback one with light stuff ion top of the other one with any heavier items . the idea being is to luggage strap the light one onto the handle frame of the other one. i have put my CPAP machine in a backpack, so my hands are free, in that regard. i think i just need to start throwing clothes and gear into bag/s and see how i go.

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    HLO is easy if you think about what you need before hand. Choose clothes that can be formal(ish) and also suitable for more casual wear as well. I am sure that there is a wealth of information on the WWW about this.

    Most airlines allow 2 x 7kg for J. That's A LOT of stuff!

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    Re: 70 Day RTW Trip with Carry-on Only ?

    A small roll aboard and backpack allow for more than enough luggage.

    And apart from extreme climate changes you only need to focus on a few days of travel at a time. Getting clothing that dries quickly such as satin underwear makes life very easy.

    And when you find a place with a laundry putting everything through the washing machine whilst wearing your Qantas pyjamas is fun and you'll feel great for another week or two.
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    Re: 70 Day RTW Trip with Carry-on Only ?

    I'm not one who would automatically go HLO for that length of trip - about 10 days in one climatic zone is my limit.

    For instance, for the sake of half an hour by the baggage carousel, on a long trip I like having things such as rain coat and fold-up umbrella so have options if it rains. I dislike knowing that every second day I'm going to be stuck in the hotel room doing washing, and hoping it all dries. I like knowing if something untoward happens (major spill on long pants), I have an option to change into and not have my day or evening disrupted. If something unexpected comes up, which needs something more formal - or less formal (pool), I know I've got it covered and don't have to decline or feel awkward.

    I buy books on the local architecture / history as my souvenir of a place. Can't do that - or any souvenir of substance - if you are HLO.

    I also worry that I might be unlucky and cop a hand luggage weigh-in, especially on economy sectors, and then I'd be stuck with valuables/fragiles in hand while the bag gets forcibly checked.

    I assume the trip is in northern hemisphere summer? Else you WILL need cold weather clothing / coat as well as summer gear.

    I think you were looking at 2 x carry on, which sounds like a good compromise. Probably can get away with 2 on the business sectors, and check one on the economy.

    Overall for me, I do the equation: How often will I be at a baggage carousel, and do those waits outweigh the inconvenience of having to be constantly washing and the convenience of having nearly everything I need for a comfortable trip? I'm on holiday (usually) and want it to be enjoyable and not have to worry if I could dress for various opportunities.

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    Re: 70 Day RTW Trip with Carry-on Only ?

    I find I'm rarely waiting for my luggage long enough for it to bother me. Once or twice, yes.
    70 day trip is the same as a 5 day trip, clothing requirements-wise, assuming you are not changing temperatures much. But it's basically impossible to do a snow trip with an island holiday on HLO, so it depends on what you are doing. If it's a city-to-city tour, then I see no reason you couldn't get away with a single 10kg bag easily. You just need multifunctional clothing and shoes.

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    Re: 70 Day RTW Trip with Carry-on Only ?

    I wouldn't go 70 days on strictly a HLO trip, but I would have 2 bags that could fit the requirements.

    The carry on size for most but not airlines is one bag plus one personal item.

    Bag one; The maximum dimensions for a carry-on bag are 9 inches x 14 inches x 22 inches (22 cm x 35 cm x 56 cm), including handles and wheels.
    Bag two; The maximum dimensions for your personal item that fits under the seat in front of you, such as a shoulder bag, purse, laptop bag or other small item, are 9 inches x 10 inches x 17 inches (22 cm x 25 cm x 43 cm).

    At times you may decide to go carry on only and another time you might decide to check in one bag.


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    Re: 70 Day RTW Trip with Carry-on Only ?

    I almost always travel overseas with only hand luggage. There is normally some sort of bicycle / motorcycle trip involved at my destination, so I am limited as to what I can travel with when I get there. I have traveled for five months with the equivalent of a single carry on case - and I still came home with one thing I didn't wear : )
    My tips would be:
    1. Use at least one small carry-on bag with wheels. Walking around the terminal in transit carrying everything in your hands is not always pleasant. It is easier if you can wheel some of the heavier stuff (like your laptop or CPAP).
    2. Be prepared to buy toiletries, nail-clippers, scissors, etc. at your destination and to ditch them before your next flight. While most hotels have shampoo and soap you probably still need a few things of your own and sometimes the 100mL limit is not enough.
    3. Pack a few things that you can wash in your hotel room bathroom and will dry overnight (it is not always easy to find a laundry when you need one and I for one refuse to pay $$$$ for a hotel to wash a pair of socks).
    4. As someone else said, make sure you have at least one thing you could wear to a nice restaurant or out somewhere decent. If you're packing light this probably means something that folds up small. You only need one, it's not like you will be going to the same place everyday / night.
    5. Have multiple use shoes - something you feel comfortable walking around in all day, but wouldn't look out of place in a nice restaurant or hotel. This is possibly easier for men than women - but my hubby finds it more difficult than me (it's very easy to slip in a small pair of nice flat shoes / sandals for a girl, boy's shoes take up a lot of room).
    6. You are going through a lot of climatic zones, so layers are your friend. T-shirt in Bangkok, then the same t-shirt with a long sleeve t and / or a light jacket in Vancouver.
    Enjoy the freedom of traveling light!

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    About 4 years ago I did about 2 months hand luggage only through USA and Canada (summer) so about 60 days. I took some socks and jocks, also three pair of speedos that you can wash at night, and every three weeks simply purchased a new 3 or 5 pack of undies as they are quite cheap. If traveling for leisure I would only need jeans for all scenarios, and would not be doing anything formal. For a 70 days hand Luggage only trip, and depending how many flights you envisage taking (with checked luggage) you could save a day, meaning 30mins plus each time waiting for checked luggage on arrival. I say go for it, and as others have mentioned, you can always buy a larger bag to check which won't be a problem in J.

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