Just finished packing last night – as I’m only flying budget airlines, which includes Air Asia with a carry-on allowance of a measily 7 kilos, I really had to think long and hard about every single item I’m taking..
I’ve gone for the American hand-made MEI Voyageur as my main back pack after reading that it was the optimum backpack to take on budget flights as it is purpose built, fits exactly within the most stringent dimensions and has a metal frame. In hindsight though, I probably should have gone for a smaller, less bulky bag, as its weight of 1.7kg already accounts for quarter of my carry-on allowance! Additionaly, when browsing the Nomad travel shop here in the UK, I noticed that they had a much cheaper version of a very similar bag to the MEI.
Other than that, I suppose I could have sacrificed my flute and harmonicas for the sake of a couple extra pairs of underpants, but what the heck.
Making music is more important than underpants.