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Carry-On Only Travel To Southeast Asia


Are you a photographer and/or a businessman who wants to travel to another country with only a 7kg carry-on? Do you want to know how to pack within budget airline carry-on limits?

I was traveling with a budget airline that has a 7kg carry-on limit. When I checked-in, my carry-on was overweight. I was given a choice to pay $50 to check-in my bag or remove the overweight items. So I ended up throwing away cheap souvenirs instead. From then on, I researched how to pack enough for a one week trip to any Southeast Asian country and still keep it under 7kg.

Here's how I did it.

Quick Rules:

  1. Replace heavy items with lighter substitutes (eg. lightweight duffle bag instead of rolling luggage)

  2. Replace bulky items with smaller items (eg. shorts instead of jeans)

  3. Wear your heaviest clothing to the airport and fill your pockets with your everyday gadgets

  4. Do your laundry in order to reduce the amount of clothes you have to carry

  5. Bring clothes that are lightweight and fast-drying (see Uniqlo.com)

My Packing Requirements:

  1. Suit for meeting, wedding, night out and fine dining

  2. Laptop and documents for work

  3. DSLR/Mirrorless camera system

  4. Gym clothes and sneakers

How I Pack My Carry On:

  • A lightweight carry-on duffle bag. I used Muji's Boston Foldable Carry-on Duffle (see Muji.com)

  • 2 t-shirts, 2 shorts, 1 dress shirt, 1 dress pants, undershirts, underwear, socks

  • 2 sets of pajamas, 1 gym shorts, 1 gym shirt, sneakers

  • medicine

  • toiletries (use small bottles):

  • toothpaste & toothbrush

  • Jetpik water flosser (see Amazon.com)

  • hair wax

  • deodorant

  • razor

  • clothes line to dry my laundry

Subtotal weight: 3kg

  • laptop & charger = 2kg

  • camera insert + foldable camera bag (see Tenba.com) + camera accessories = 1kg

  • battery charger

  • extra batteries

  • extra SD cards

  • lens cleaning kit

  • raincover

Total weight: 6kg

What I Wear To The Airport

  • Suit with dress shoes, belt, watch and sunglasses

  • Neck wallet with cash and cards (see Pacsafe.com)

  • On my shoulder:

  • Nikon D750 + Nikkor 28-300mm

  • My suit jacket and pant pockets are filled with:

  • Phone

  • Wallet

  • Portable battery and cable

  • Phone charger

  • Passport and pen

  • Nikkor 35mm f/2 in a ziplock bag

You're left with 1kg extra. Prep your carry-on and happy traveling!

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