Tips for packing 'carry-on only' bags

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mr_pb

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 01 Oct 2013

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Tips for packing carry-on only

After QF misplaced my checked bags again and took a couple of days to deliver it, I've decided to shed my old habits and go carry-on only like everyone else. I know there's a whole lot of guides and discussions out there, but I'm wondering what you AusBTers have as your own quirks and tips in going carry-on?

The biggest concern is that many of my trips are mixed work/recreational and while I know I can pack a couple of shirts for rotation, a suit and maybe a pair of chinos for a work trip, I can't really do the same for a mixed trip without going over the cabin allowance. Do you have a method of figuring out what to pack, or is it really trial-and-error as some suggest?

Merc25

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 29 Jun 2013

Total posts 317

Hi mr pb,a lot depends on wheather or not the trip is domestic or international, what season etc if it's international ,for this answer I am using the domestic señnario .wear your buisiness clothes on the flight,packing a spare buisiness shirt and tie together with casual clothes into a overnight bag,hope this helps

mr_pb

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 01 Oct 2013

Total posts 31

Thanks for the tips Merc, sorry I forgot to state my travel - mainly intl. for about a fortnight at a time. I've been wearing my business attire sans tie on the flight too but I'd like to get into fresh clothes on arrival with time permitting, but on the other hand that means one less pair in the carry-on...

SteveCF

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

Member since 15 Aug 2012

Total posts 67

I always buy suits with two pairs of pants, that way I wear my suit on the plane and with a second pair of pants there fresh for day two. I pick shirts that can be worn with a suit but go well with jeans for after work dinner etc.. I find this gets me over the line for a three or four day work trip with carry on only.  But all depends on what business attire is required and after work what your getting up to.

Serg

QFF

Member since 12 Apr 2013

Total posts 872

Many carriers (all big one for sure) not really picky about your cabin weight allowance once they discovered that you have not got any check-in baggage, though dimension-wise you better conform with their rules. Also nowadays people carry plenty of gadgets and frankly they not that light. However almost all carriers allow you to take cabin-size case AND computer bag. So pack all heavy gadgets into computer case – I never saw anyone to ask to put it on scale. And get computer bag bigger then you computer, thus you can pack more inside.

I like to fly with carry only whenever possible, but for different reason – on average it saves half an hour to get out. My personal record in Melbourne is 15 min from time when plane from BKK touched the ground to my exit from airport.

Merc25

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 29 Jun 2013

Total posts 317

Try to fly with airlines that supply sleep suits,(pajamas) I find Virgin Atlantic in upper class does,this helps also as Charles explained buy suits with 2 pairs pants ,it really helps .if you are a gold or diamond FF or  Emerald one world FF I find they hardly ever weigh your carry on bag,most airlines allow a large camera bag as well ,so fit toiletries into this

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