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    Hand luggage only - under 7KG with a rollaboard - how?

    OK - as many of you know I extol the virtues of hand luggage only - especially on lengthy business trips on a DONE4 after I spent 3 weeks in London with no luggage only to have it delivered the day before I flew to NY and for it to get lost on the way there (which was in fact sort of my fault though). Ever since then I have travelled international J class with hand luggage only (except on a flight where I took dive gear with me). I have done this using a combination of a rollabaord and a suit bag. I have pretty much ignored the weight restrictions and stuck to the size limits and have only been pinged once when they wouldnt believe I was travelling in J.

    Ok so there's your context. The question is how do people keep under the 7KG limit when they have a rollaboard? I am doing many more domestic flights now than in the past and again have ignored the weight limits. I was just packing for the next trip this morning and wondered how on earth anyone gets under the 7KG QF weight limit with a rollaboard. For this two day trip because I have a Friday included (casual dress that day) I am taking:

    - 20in (hence quite small) Tumi rollaboard
    - 2 polo shirts
    - 1 pair trousers
    - underwears
    - power lead for laptop
    - shave stuff
    - business shirt
    - board papers

    Now the board papers could go in my laptop bag but even so I have to be well over 7KG and maybe even topping 10KG - so how does any one stay under the weight limit if they have a rollaboard? Mine is about 2/3 full and when full on longer trips it is around 13KG.

    Any thoughts?

    I am considering experimenting with a back pack on a future trip (good excuse to buy another Tumi product ) but am not sure due to suit requirements.
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    Re: Hand luggage only - under 7KG with a rollaboard - how?

    I'd be really interested to know how people do it too.

    Yesterday I put my Laptop, charger, 20-30 page book and a coat in my bag and it weighed 8.1kgs

    IIRC most cabin baggage weights around 3-4kgs on it's own, add to that my incredibly light (1.3kgs) MacBook Air and there isn't really much room for anything else.

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    Re: Hand luggage only - under 7KG with a rollaboard - how?

    How heavy are the papers, and could they be transported in electronic form and printed out at your destination?
    One of the tricks I use is I wear coats because anything in my pockets don't count towards the weight limit (my top pocket if often very full)

    I also usually wear the heavier (but still comfortable for flying in) clothes. For example I might wear my casual clothes and my jeans on the flight with my suit (minus jacket) packed away in my carry on. I'll then wear my suit jacket on the plane as that is heavy and would take up a big part of my limit. I do this even if I have to get changed into a suit on arrival at my destination (still quicker than waiting around for checked bags)

    I also consider not taking shaving stuff, I'll take a small bottle of deodorant (a travellers size, not only is small enough that you can take through 100ml security, and then getting shaving stuff from either the QP \ J lounge if I'm not going to be at my destination for long or from a nearby supermarket at my destination if I the hotel doesn't have shaving stuff available.

    I also consider very carefully if I am actually going to use everything I'm taking, if I think there is a chance that it won't be used and it can be brought at the destination cheaply enough I'll leave it behind. I aim to use 100% of everything I take, where as when I was taking checked bags I'd be lucky to use 50% of what I took with me.

    I should also point out that my bag is very light, it doesn't have a lot of padding so the clothes I take double as the padding for my laptop.

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    Re: Hand luggage only - under 7KG with a rollaboard - how?

    Quote Originally Posted by harvyk View Post
    I also consider very carefully if I am actually going to use everything I'm taking, if I think there is a chance that it won't be used and it can be brought at the destination cheaply enough I'll leave it behind. I aim to use 100% of everything I take, where as when I was taking checked bags I'd be lucky to use 50% of what I took with me.
    Amen to that, last trip back from Europe we had 8 pieces of luggage (combo of hand and checked)
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    Re: Hand luggage only - under 7KG with a rollaboard - how?

    Quote Originally Posted by harvyk View Post
    How heavy are the papers, and could they be transported in electronic form and printed out at your destination?
    One of the tricks I use is I wear coats because anything in my pockets don't count towards the weight limit (my top pocket if often very full)
    Dn't get me started on this topic - I have them electronically as well but in a format that I can not annotate so it is easier to take the papers as is.

    Quote Originally Posted by harvyk View Post
    I also usually wear the heavier (but still comfortable for flying in) clothes. For example I might wear my casual clothes and my jeans on the flight with my suit (minus jacket) packed away in my carry on. I'll then wear my suit jacket on the plane as that is heavy and would take up a big part of my limit. I do this even if I have to get changed into a suit on arrival at my destination (still quicker than waiting around for checked bags)
    Same here - travelling back though my jacket will be in the hand luggage.

    Quote Originally Posted by harvyk View Post
    I also consider not taking shaving stuff, I'll take a small bottle of deodorant (a travellers size, not only is small enough that you can take through 100ml security, and then getting shaving stuff from either the QP \ J lounge if I'm not going to be at my destination for long or from a nearby supermarket at my destination if I the hotel doesn't have shaving stuff available.
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    Quote Originally Posted by harvyk View Post
    I also consider very carefully if I am actually going to use everything I'm taking, if I think there is a chance that it won't be used and it can be brought at the destination cheaply enough I'll leave it behind. I aim to use 100% of everything I take, where as when I was taking checked bags I'd be lucky to use 50% of what I took with me.
    Yep for this trip there is maybe an extra polo shirt so I can wear a different one with dinner tomorrow to what I will wear on Friday - that is maybe 500g

    Quote Originally Posted by harvyk View Post
    I should also point out that my bag is very light, it doesn't have a lot of padding so the clothes I take double as the padding for my laptop.
    This is my main point - my rollaboard is probably a little heavier than some due to the sturdy construction (and maybe the plethora of luggage tags) but other wont be that much lighter so they must all be over the limit...

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    Re: Hand luggage only - under 7KG with a rollaboard - how?

    Quote Originally Posted by simongr View Post
    Ok so there's your context. The question is how do people keep under the 7KG limit when they have a rollaboard? I am doing many more domestic flights now than in the past and again have ignored the weight limits. I was just packing for the next trip this morning and wondered how on earth anyone gets under the 7KG QF weight limit with a rollaboard. For this two day trip because I have a Friday included (casual dress that day) I am taking:
    I would suggest that most don't stay within 7KG - like you (and like me!) they ignore the weight limits. IMHO 10 KG would be a far more realistic/reasonable limit.

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    Re: Hand luggage only - under 7KG with a rollaboard - how?

    I found that my Antler roller was always around 9kgs, so my husband bought me a Black Wolf backpack, shoulder bag for Christmas. I can travel for 3 to 4 days with it, including 1 pair of shoes extra. The best part is that it has 2 separate compartments as well as zip pockets etc so very efficient to pack papers etc separately. The best piece is that the laptop pocket actually pulls out to be a standalone laptop bag so if I get weighed I can pull out the laptop bag and get the total under the allowance. Even better the backpack leaves my hands free, and has stopped my aching neck caused by the roller!

    Maybe not the coolest thing to wear a backpack, but for me convenience is king!

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    Re: Hand luggage only - under 7KG with a rollaboard - how?

    The weight of the rollerboard is usually the rate-limiting step.

    I've succeeded in doing several AONE4's of, say, 2 weeks duration utilising a Samsonite Cosmolite 20 inch spinner, in addition to either a light-weight backpack or leather laptop bag / brief case. The net weight of the bag is ~ 2.2kg; most are about 4kg, so a big saving from the outset.

    Both bags would generally weigh about 6.5 kg, with the brief case containing Macbook air, phone, paperwork, LAG's and various electrical chargers, in addition to leisure reading material. I forsake taking magazines as they can weigh quite substantial amounts.

    I find BNE staff - both International, as well as Domestic->International checkin at the domestic - to be particularly strict at check-in with the weight of carry-on. There is usually a degree of surprise (and may I say disappointment sometimes) when it comes in under target.

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    Either your bag, shave stuff or papers weigh too much.

    In my experience its not the clothes that push you over the 7kgs its all the other things people like to take.


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