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Jo Fitzsimons is a freelance travel writer who has visited over 60 countries. www.indianajo.com is the place where she shares destination details, travel itineraries, planning and booking tips and trip tales. Her aim: to help you plan your travel adventure on your terms and to your budget.

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  1. Lynne
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    Thank you for such a readable and informative analysis! My last trip to England 20 years ago was with a 25kg Big Bag Backpack (too wide to fit through the underground turnstyles! I had to go through the oversize/pushchair sections) with an attached day pack (also full). Yes the trip was for 9 months but I ended up posting half of what I took back home.

    This time I’m planning for carry on only – 7kg max including bag. I’ve got it all planned – whether it will work remains to be seen 😉 I’m taking a big warm hooded waterproof coat, which I’ll be wearing on the plane because it won’t fit… and hopefully that’ll cover the fact that my 3 wooly jumpers, 2 fleeces, and thermal underwear isn’t there. If worst comes to worst there’s always shops.

    Your list will be put to good use to whittle down the remaining “extraneous” stuff I’m bound to end up wanting to squeeze in.

  2. Joan
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    Well done! Very good ideas and some honest emotional reactions in there. I get a wee bit obsessive when packing for places with NO nearby stores……such as Borneo or Antarctica…..altho obsessive list using is THE way to go!

  3. Marge
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    Love your style. Very readable and practical. What we really need is packing light for a 75 year old female who is gone over a month. I find all these appeal to a much younger audience

  4. EASY TRAVELER
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    Hooray for you! It’s SO nice not having to labor under all that un-needed stuff!

    I have my little Gossamer Gear Rukus down to just ten pounds. I am still trying to whittle a little more off.

    Traveling is FUN now! Another thing I found out was leaving stuff at home is a vacation from said stuff! You just have more time to really see and appreciate all those fabulous new places!

    I now notice other people struggling and WORKING with their huge heavy bags. I feel so sorry for them.

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  6. tam
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    I’m looking at maybe buying this bag. Is it comfortable, easy to access? Pros and cons please

  7. Beatrice
    Beatrice at | | Reply

    I read this, it makes absolute sense, yet, I don’t think I could never ever travel with just a carry on. I don’t know how you do it.

  8. Sally
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    I swear by packing light, I carried one of those big backpacks around Argentina for a month and I’ll never do it again. I’m glad you discovered the joy of it, too! 🙂

  9. Jac
    Jac at | | Reply

    I’m really impressed Jo! I also love how you laid out ever so clearly how you whittled away your load to something manageable, really informative post.

    I’m such a lazy packer – I generally like to err on the side of caution on my trips and pack a little bit more, but if I ever do end up traipsing around the world like you, I hope I’ll have the discipline (and bravery) to really just cut out all the crap!

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