Alternative travel advice from Asim: travel with your own down pillow. “The premise is that the larger suitcase stays in base cities, while the small carry-on can accompany me on any short journeys. It’s a modular set-up optimized for multiple climates and countries (from Middle East to LatAm) where I can mix and match to optimize for budget flights. So far, I’ve not paid any extra baggage (India is pretty flexible), but for most treks, I just keep the small carryon.
The pillow is an easy one. It never incurs any added baggage fees, and adds a layer of down feathers between me and the elements on long flights, whether Indian trains or Cambo busses.”