How low can you go??
A recent email exchange with reader David E. in which we compared the pros and cons of the Bihn Aeronaut vs. the Red Oxx Air Boss included brief references (on both our parts) to trying to trim extra weight from our carry-ons’ contents wherever possible.
That got me thinking about some of the things I’ve done to lighten the load, and a prime example is my liquids bag. I’ve tried to pare things back to the point that I have what I need and nothing more. For basic 1-3 day trips, this is what my “3-1-1″ bag looks like:
Here are the contents; you may wonder why a contact lens case is in my liquids bag (above, center right) so I’ll turn it over in the next picture:
First things first: the contact case has Curel moisturizer in one side, and Bacitracin in the other. Immediately above it is a sample size cologne bottle that I periodically fill from a full size bottle. The two small bottles with the yellow and orange caps contain contact lens solution; the one with the dark red cap contains laundry detergent. The bottle all the way on the left is Shave Secret – shaving oil that works just as well as a can of shave cream. An extra pair of contacts, a travel size tube of toothpaste (you can refill this from a full size tube, by the way) and a strip of wetting drops (dry eye; don’t ask!) round things out.
In total, including the Ziploc bag, everything weighs 4.37 oz. or 124g. A quart Ziploc bag, incidentally, weighs only .24 oz. or 7g.
If I’m going to be on the road for a week, I’ll bring extra contact solution; that’s about the only adjustment. Those little bottles are good for about a day and a half each.
If you’re curious, my dry/hardware kit is a bit more elaborate and unfortunately, heavier:
Most of this stuff ought to be recognizable. The deodorant is a brand I don’t normally use; if I can remember, I’ll save a nearly empty full size stick of Arrid and use it for travel. The red capped tube contains a styptic pencil. The heaviest item in the kit is beneath the eyeglass case – it’s a Ziploc with several sheets of antibacterial wipes (germaphobe, what can I say?). I didn’t weigh it for this post, but this kit weighs somewhere around 7 ounces. Ditch the wipes, the styptic pencil and use a plastic razor and you could probably shed a couple of ounces.
In any event, this is how I approach things. What have you tried to lighten your carry-on? Please share by commenting…
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