Here's the scoop. While Cathay Pacific--which will beam us from our stateside home to Hong Kong and Bangkok for our next journey--is always winning this-or-that luxury airline award, they're a tad bit stingy on the carry-on luggage guidelines for us plebes back in cattle class. Not only do I miss out on the champagne/pajamas/gazillion-course-meal served in first (which I only just realized I had enough rewards miles to fly. Cringe.), but my belongings--that's right, the ones that will keep me comfy when I'm halfway around the world---must weight in at under 15.5 pounds. (There go my plans to put Duke in my suitcase.) With a 7 lb suitcase (which is considered "lightweight," I might add) I've got just 8.5 lbs to play around with. For ten days. Oh, and the best part is that, at the time we're traveling, Bangkok and Hong Kong are separated by about 25 degrees, making this whole thing less "one size fits all" and more "um, help."
So what DOES 8.5 lbs of clothing/items look like?
- 4 t-shirts
- 2 lightweight cotton skirts
- 1 pair of shorts
- 1 pair of jeans
- bathing suit and coverup (rooftop pool, baby!)
- requisite undergarments
- light makeup and toiletries (think prescriptions, face powder (I'm gonna be sweatin', ya'll), and not much else)
- one pair of nice-ish flats (as some restaurants in Thailand would probably not be into my smelly Toms)
- Uhhhh, that's about it.
I'm wearing on my jacket, a lightweight sweater for layering, and a scarf, and carrying my e-reader and my liquids in my purse.
So my tips? In short, pack only what you absolutely NEED (nope, you don't need that second pair or jeans or those three "just in case" extra shirts ... or the little black dress. Put down the little black dress.), figure out where the nearest laundry is, realize that anything you forego or forget you can probably buy abroad (I saw Herbal Essences shampoo in Cuba. Just sayin'), and wear as much as you can onto the plane. (Could I BE wearing' anymore clothes?)
I'll be back to tell you how my lightweight travels go and, I hope--I really, really hope--some bonus tips on making it through a 15.5 hour flight without clawing one's eyes out.