Packing ultralight – around the world in 2 underpants

My entire possesions for next year

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.

Posted from London, England, United Kingdom.

  • http://www.facebook.com/inneem Justine Marielle

    are the breaking bubbles for the boring waiting and flying times? nothing’s better than a breaking bubble :)

    • http://www.whereisjbs.com Jonathan Baillie Strong

      They’re a substitute for the flute case which was too heavy.. I’m going to have to resist the temptation!!

      • http://www.facebook.com/inneem Justine Marielle

        whaaaaaat? torture!

  • Neil

    7 kilos?! I am seriously impressed!

    • http://www.whereisjbs.com Jonathan Baillie Strong

      Thanks! Ralf Potts managed to get around the world with no luggage at all I’m not quite at that level yet..!

  • Fabio Pulito

    I noticed that those chaps at Airasia are very strict about your check-in luggage but don’t really care about the carry-on allowance…unless it’s really bulky it can weigh more than 7 kg, hardly anyone will spot it.
    http://www.english.fabiopulito.com/

    • http://www.whereisjbs.com Jonathan Baillie Strong

      yeah, good point man! Looking at the comments on the Lonely Planet website, that seems to be the experience of many others as well…. however I’ve been on loads of ryanair flights where they never check, and then once in a while they do.. so better to be safe than sorry I guess..

  • Alicia Alonso

    yeah, music is more important. And you can use every underpants twice!… (you know how…) Have you seen the towels of the “Decatlon”? They’re the best for travelling!!

    • http://www.whereisjbs.com Jonathan Baillie Strong

      i have tried microfiber towels, and actually, with the risk of sounding extreemely homosexual, I prefer sarongs, they dry off just as quick (if not quicker), weigh less and are cheaper. Strangely enough, I haven’t seen many for sale here in India..

  • http://www.drytimes.org/ Neil

    Bought that Nomad bag after you pointed it out – nice bit of kit

    • http://www.whereisjbs.com Jonathan Baillie Strong

      nice one! Let me know how you find it.. some things I forgot to check – how much does it weigh on it’s own? Does it have a metal frame to support the back?