Experience with carry on baggage allowance for 4 month trip to SEA
Replies: 8 - Last Post: Dec 1, 2012 3:30 PM Last Post By: lesleigh
Nov 29, 2012 6:54 PM
Experience with carry on baggage allowance for 4 month trip to SEAHello all.. Trying to figure out the age old back pack question. I have an old, old Waypoint backpack from 98 and am trying to understand exactly how many liters it is.. Since I cant find its model anywhere online and it has no tags. I would like to just carry on my bag for the whole trip, So was busy looking up the allowed dimensions on most airlines and I see that in general they say carry on baggage has a 7kg weight limit? 15lbs??
In your experience are they normally strict about this when the bag falls within the dimensions? Curious how everyone handles that with camera gear and electronics ect. I have mine paired down to the bare minimum but haven't checked the scale yet! Curious what standard size bags and weight people usually go with for inner South East Asia flights and buses and trains? Tips would be greatly appreciated.
Nov 29, 2012 8:17 PM
1You will be doing really well if you are looking at backpacking for 4 months with only 7 kgs of carryon. It seems to vary a bit with airlines and it seems the more budget ones are the more picky ones but they all seem to just be concerned mostly with the weight. Also the new regulation on sharp items and liquids sometimes means I get stuff confiscated. I've got a decent size camera and they dont seem too concerned about that being strung around my neck, but my small netbook computer often has to be counted in the carryon. I've often been tempted to have a special lightweight jacket made up with huge pockets that I can fit a couple of pairs of trousers, socks, shirts and undies in, anything to avoid the long wait for stored luggage to come through.
Nov 29, 2012 11:49 PM
2some economy airlines are tough on weight and size. I have given plastic carry bags to travellers who were over weight with luggage.Do u need to carry so much .I have done 6 months travel around Asia with a 7kg bag and I am female and you know how we like our clothes and stuff.Have a look at Backpacking . budget Independent travel, really useful site Good luck and enjoy your trip
Nov 30, 2012 1:21 AM
3Air Asia seems pretty lax but make sure your carry-on bag is not oversize or they will often pick on you and weigh it and charge excess baggage. My camera bag (Lowepro Minitrekker) was no problem but did weight about 8kgs. Depends where you go, if Philippines on small planes they will weigh everything inc. you. AA size restriction: 22 in x 14 in x 9 in/56 cm X 36 cm X 23 cm (length x width x height)
Edited by: Herbie47
Nov 30, 2012 4:33 AM
Nov 30, 2012 4:10 PM
5I can travel indefinitely with a 7kg carry on. 3 tops 3 bottoms - if I need shoes or a jacket I wear them on board. I carry a netbook and full sized camera - both of which go in a 2nd bag for flying. Most airlines (inc AA) are OK with that - but not Ryan Air in Europe - check the airlines you will use before flying.
You will lose knives, scissors and large liquids in theory (again no check going in/out of Asia) I only ever carry in suntan lotion and DEET - everything else you can buy on arrival. The scissors are a pain - I lose them about 50% of the time - particularly Singapore.
Air Asia didn't check weight in or out of Burma on the last trip. There appared to be no check for restricted items at Don Meung, Bkk on our current trip
Dec 1, 2012 2:11 AM
Dec 1, 2012 2:47 AM
7Since last week, you cannot take matches or lighters on Vietnam Airline flights.
Anyway, my camera backpack usually weighs anywhere between 15-20kg and I have never been stopped in Asia (only on a domestic flight with bloody Qantas). Admittedly I do not fly with low-cost carriers.
Dec 1, 2012 3:30 PM
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