Indeed, Jemma Watkins from Bristol got in touch after reading the article, and her feelings seemed to echo those of women around the world.Jemma says:“The main problem, my dear Sam, is the matter of toiletries. There is no way that the bare minimum of lotions and potions I need to make myself fragrant and beautiful can be decanted into miniature bottles and squeezed into a 1 litre Ziploc.Then there’s the issue of tweezers, nail scissors and other sharp grooming instruments. I’ve lost count of the numerous bits of metal that have been confiscated from me over the years. I mean, please, what am I going to do – pull your hairs out one by one until you ground the plane?So for ladies like me, whose choice of plucker is an expensive one (I like Tweezerman – even the finest eyebrow hair can’t get past those bad boys – but they cost around £18), hold luggage is the only way to go.”However, veteran light-traveller Yvette Stanton, co-author of the Enjoying Travel with Kids blog, got in touch and confirmed that packing for multi-week trips with hand luggage only was not only perfectly feasible for the ladies, but the entire family!Here’s Yvette’s advice:Sam has put out the challenge for girls to be able to pack everything you need for a 3 night long weekend into a standard hand luggage only. Can it be done? Of course it can!I regularly travel domestically within Australia for work with only hand luggage, and last European summer my family of four, including me, travelled to Europe from Australia for a three week holiday with carryon luggage only. Therefore it certainly can be done!My bag contents do look a little different depending on whether it is for a business trip or a family holiday. I pack it all into a Kathmandu 40L Jet Pack wheelie travel bag, which converts to a backpack. This fits with most airline’s carry-on requirements. For future holiday trips, I’d like very much to ditch the wheels and just have a backpack – but that’s the future, so we’ll leave it there for the time being!This is what I would take for a holiday trip of 2-3 weeks for temperatures of 15C up to 40C.NB: Items that would be worn or in pockets while flying are not included in the total weight.BAG: Kathmandu 40L Jet Pack wheelie travel bag, which converts to a backpackSubtotal weight: 2940gESSENTIALS: Passport (for international travel)Insurance informationTravel tickets, documentsCredit cardsTravelex Cash Passport (international travel)Subtotal weight: 0g (all carried on person)CLOTHING: (all clothing quick dry and in neutral colours)two pairs zip off pantsone skirt (dressy enough that I can wear it for any business appointments)two polyester t-shirts (suitable also for sleeping in)two short sleeve polyester/nylon/spandex blouseshat1 pair socks3 pairs underpants1 long sleeve thermal top (can double as long sleeve T)1 lightweight polar fleece cardigan/jacket2 brasswimming costumecomfortable sandalsSubtotal weight: 1317gACCESSORIES:water bottleDigital SLR camera, extra lens, extra lithium batteriesearplugseye maskinflatable neck pillowpen, notebooknetbook computer (with scanned relevant guidebook pages, also to be used as a travel diary)travel adaptors (international travel)plastic cup, plate, cutlery, bowl (we often self cater)mini travel towel1L rollup bottlemoney beltuniversal sink plugmini umbrellaelastic washing lineSubtotal weight: 2007gTOILETRIES: 1 x 75ml shampoo bottle2 x 75ml conditioner bottles1 x 100ml sunscreen tubedeodorant sticksafety razormedication (and copy of prescription)small bar of soaptoothbrush, toothpastehair brushhair elasticsSubtotal weight: 630gTOTAL weight: 6.9kgYou’ll note that I do not take a hairdryer or makeup. For business trips (which for me are domestic only) I would take these items, but be able to leave at home several items that are only for holiday and international travel, to counter for the additional weight.My clothes would be different, but again be light weight, wrinkle-free, quick dry. My make-up kit would be mascara, eyeliner, two eyeshadow colours, face powder, and lipstick. I also take a small 20ml bottle of eye-make-up remover, decanted from the original bottle.The rest of the make-up I wash off with soap and water. (Sacrilege!) I don’t use moisturiser either (more sacrilege!), but if I did I’d put enough for the time away in a small travel-sized container – the sort you can get from a pharmacy – and take that.So, you see that it can be done!Yvette Stanton is the co-author of the Enjoying Travel with Kids blog. She and her husband John enjoy travelling with their kids. They espouse the principles of travelling light even with kids, and enjoy sharing their tips for doing so. 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