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    I was going to suggest https://lighterpack.com/ as well, but I see @DWSeattle beat me to it! I found it much easier to cut down on what I was carrying when I could see how much it weighed in relation to other items. It takes some extra time the first time you use it, but it saves the items you entered for previous trips so you don't have to look up their weights the next time. After I had entered all the weights I found myself naturally making choices like "item X is heavier than anything else, but I really need to bring it with me, so I'll take out items Y and Z to make up for it."

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    Greetings,
    I found the One Bag website helpful. https://www.onebag.com/

    Adding a laundry kit to my bag really cut down on the clothing needed. With a tiny pack of 50 laundry soap leaves, I can go for any length of trip with no more than 3 outfits (wear one, pack two). Each top matches all the bottoms, so I have 9 total outfits.

    Wool has many benefits. Wool shirts in lightweight, summer-weight, or base-layer weight keep me cooler in hot weather than any other shirt I've tried. Wool doesn't hold odors, so it can be worn multiple times before it needs to be washed. My long sleeve wool shirt, size large, weighed less than my short sleeve cotton t-shirt.

    The One Bag website is full of great ideas. Not all of them work for me on every trip, but by making a few changes I can travel one bag style when I need to. Good luck! elisa

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    There have been three web articles which inspired me to onebag/minimalist travel (currently I use GES25) but there are either in French or female oriented (kind of) or both

    under 5kg : Voyager avec un Sac à Dos Ultra Léger (moins de 5 kilos au total) (French)

    with S19 only (I discovered TB since!) : Voyager très léger : l'ultra minimalisme (French&Female oriented)

    with 16L + purse : https://herpackinglist.com/how-to-pa...-packing-list/ (Female oriented)

    there are quite extreme, but they inspire a lot
    just a Bihnion here

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    23 lbs is a hair over 10kg. I have often carried that much in my A30 with only a sternum strap and no frame sheet without too much trouble -- I bet you have to adjust the straps...

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    Quote Originally Posted by thorn View Post
    I'm packing ... the A45 and it's filled to the brim, same as the other bag was last time. I weighed it and the bathroom scale is showing 23.5 pounds. It is heavy to wear with the backpack, sternum, and waist straps, frame installed. It's pulling on my neck muscles.

    In one end pocket, I have water sandals and Coleman FreeFlow 40 oz mug. In the other end pocket, I have my utilities bag, sunglasses, and a pelican case 0915. In the adjoining zipper slot is a small TB organizer pouch.

    1 backpack packing cube with clothes and a regular packing cube with clothes although all the clothes were shoved into one of them last time. Also in main compartment is small packing cube with travel games, and the thin clipboard case for papers.
    Much as I hate to respond to a question with more questions, but I think there's a bigger context here with the packing list. If the OP can reply with why they are looking to go one-bag we can help more. Are you flying to get to cruises? Are you looking to do a non-cruise trip that may require more travel with stricter baggage limits? Or is it because it'll save time at the docks because you can bypass the madness of dropping off and picking up bags? Are you carrying anything else so the A45 has to be on your back?

    The "why" behind going to one-bag is really important. It might be because of specific trip requirements (e.g. Barefoot Windjammer where space really is limited), or it's to avoid hundreds of dollars in checked baggage fees each time you go on a trip. Most reasons are good and noble, but the more we know about you and why you want to do it, the better targeted advice we can give - even if it's another option like 2-bag.

    If the OP can be more specific around what's packed in that bag, we can determine if there's something completely out of line. I'm concerned about the travel games and/or the Pelican case - do you have children? Are the travel games physical or is it something like a Nintendo Switch (hence the Pelican case)? What's in the utilities bag and what's in your toiletry bag?

    My current thought is that if the OP is just heading on cruises, one-bag with an A45 may not be the best solution. The A45 can be worn as a backpack but I wouldn't consider it comfortable, especially over long distances where you're hiking through an airport to a bus and from the bus across the docks and up five floors on a cruise ship. You may need more specific strap adjustments so the weight of the A45 is mostly on your hips, which means you may need to pack the bag differently so the heavier items are in the bottom of the bag. Failing that there might be some biomechanical issues that someone a chiropractor might need to sort out - neck problems are annoying and an actual backpack might be a better ergonomic fit than an A45 in backpack mode.

    If the OP has everything they'll need in an A45, I would consider splitting it between two bags like an A30 with an L15: roughly the same amount of space, but now your back is handling approximately 1/3 of the load. This also gives you a day pack for excursions off the boat, plus you can generally use this setup anywhere in the world when flying unless you're purchasing Basic Economy tickets or have some hyper-aggressive carrier that weighs carry-on bags (I'm looking at you, Lufthansa and Air France).

    How could I thin it down to eventually work an A30?
    This one's easier to answer: Cut what you're currently carrying by at least one-third in volume. Better packing techniques can make more efficient use of space but that's not going to solve everything. You will want to keep track of what you packed and then review what you used and did not use, and then refining your packing list from there. More expensive solutions are lighter-weight clothing, swapping the 40oz water bottle for something sleeker (Coleman offers a 24oz version of the bottle), replacing items in your utilities and toiletry bags. But the simple and cheaper solution is to carry less if you can - some trips, you just can't do that.
    Last edited by allanorn; 08-10-2019 at 10:30 AM. Reason: Clarifying the "why" question.

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