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Actually, a CPAP machine is a medical device. So it's not included in the 'carry on plus personal item'.

I've actually found it pretty easy to pack one carry-on bag. It just takes a little planning, and the more often I do it the easier it is. For example, never carry a dedicated outfit. Everything should mix and match with everything else. So you can have a wide variety of combinations while only having a few items. Plan on laundry in your sink (or a laundry), so you don't need to carry 20 pairs of underwear. Etc. (I typically carry 5-7 pairs, and wash every other night.)

My personal item is almost always my camera backpack. But I can stuff things in it like cellphone chargers. In fact, I can pack it tight and manage BOTH cameras with lenses (I've done it), freeing up 1poorlady's personal item.

Alas, I haven't convinced 1poorlady of the benefits. But I am starting to refuse to carry a 50 lb bag. It's physically painful. There is rarely a reason to pack 50 lbs. I won't say "never". But seldom.
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