Thank you all for participating!
Sorry, no I don’t rationalise any must-haves. ... usually 20 kgs [plus] 8-10 kgs [plus] camera kit weighs 10-15 kgs. If you have the capacity and can manage the weight, why take less than you need? It will save having to wash clothes out every night.
I could never take less than I need. Neither would I pack more than necessary. I am fastidious and I like fresh clothes so I usually do laundry nightly. It is a simple task I learned as a child. Laundry has never bothered me in the slightest.
I’ve never gone to the extreme of weighing individual items but I evaluate the weight and volume of what goes in our bags.
A precision scale enables a brutal objectivity. There is a saying among us: count the ounces (grams) and the pounds (kilograms) will take care of themselves.
Bogiesan, How did you do that?! That’s under 15 lbs. What don’t you pack?
Unnecessary stuff? Eliminated! Secret: Decades of ultralight backpacking and bicycle touring. I learned what I need to stay warm, dry, and comfortable; I understood both my capacity for enjoyment and my limits when roughing it.
what is the point of discarding something from your pack for weight when you say you will buy it when you get to your destination ? Is there a prize for a pack that weighs less at home ?
Sorry, I left out an important phrase: "UNIMPORTANT AND UNNECESSARY doodads &c." There is no prize, don't be silly. Incremental gains resulting in reduction of mass and numerous of items give me satisfaction, a concept non-carryon-only people simply will not grasp. Another is the idea that shopping in strange lands is an adventure.
And they compete as to who can take less.
That is an unworthy mischaracterization and you know what people say about the use of unbridled sarcasm.
... start with a bag around 33 - 37 liters and make, that is, force yourself into packing within the bag’s limits.
Yes, that is a technique often recommend to those new to the idea of packing lightly. I have approached carryon-only from previous experience (under, I might add, far worse conditions).
I am perplexed how a person computes the volume of a carry on bag in liters?
One should verify product specs by reading the reviews and calling the maker's customer service line. Someone around here who purports to be a luggage expert has said bags are filled to near bursting with plastic spheres which are then poured into standardized measuring devices.
Do we really need to mock people who have different styles and preferences?
No, no, we do not. But abuse is both popular and cheap on the interwebs. One grows thick skin dealing with prejudice, sophomoric and moronic humor, treatable ignorance, and, in some cases, incalculable stupidity.
I welcome friendly sharing of tips and stories, but bristle at being told that I'm in a competition. I'm doing "me".
If I am competing, it is only with myself. Well said and I enjoyed your comments, thank you for contributing to the thread.
Did you pack undies, or would you be planning to "go commando"?
Even when wearing my kilt, I prefer clean clothing and adhering to minimum standards. My reevaluation exercise reduced my kit from five to three pair. An important question. I thank you for asking.
If I buy things from a thrift store, I'll just donate them again before I leave. Advice or responses welcome.
That can be controversial discussion around here, peppered with cheap entitlement and Karen-ish tropes. Enjoy a guilt-free tour.
I understand there are some who normally carry less than that. If doing so makes them happy, I'm glad.