Take a cue from forum member radionokia: add a little personal flair to your Smart Alec by attaching some patches using Velcro strips.
Things move pretty fast in the first part of this video (once again, from SHEP Films) we posted in early October, so in case you missed anything, we thought it might be helpful to list out all of the TOM BIHN stuff Zeek and Rachel brought along for their trip to Montreal. Here’s everything:
0:03 — Synapse 19, Steel Dyneema/Steel; the Travel Stuff Sacks are then packed into the Synapse 19
0:07 — Large Packing Cube, Aeronaut
0:08 — Aeronaut, Steel/Wasabi
0:10 — 3D Clear Organizer Cube, Steel
0:11– Medium Café Bag, Linen/Steel
Need some minimalist packing advice? Maybe some of the well thought out, über-informative suggestions from forum member — and volunteer moderator — Badger could come in handy when find yourself preparing for your next trip.
Looking to simplify his life by reducing the amount of stuff he owned and trying to find the right bag, declutter listed the belongings he thought necessary to keep, but was open to advice on ways to reduce the load. Badger answered the call, dispensing a number of detailed bits of guidance. Here are some highlights:
- “You probably already know this, but you’ll want to wear the heaviest and bulkiest items whenever possible to create space in your bag. If you do this, you can eliminate the hiking boots, one pair of boxers and socks, and 1-2 shirts from your packing list, since you’ll be wearing them.”
- “If you need the thick wool socks for some reason, I’d highly recommend replacing the other four pairs of socks with just two pairs of Smartwool Outdoor Ph.D. low-cut socks. They actually stretch over your ankles and can be worn more than once before needing a wash. I’m wearing a pair right this minute.”
- “You have a polo and a dress shirt, which seem to me like ‘going out in public’ options for your upper half. Since both of the items in your pic appear to be cotton, these might not be the best choice for long-term travel (they’re heavy, take forever to dry, and they will get rumpled fast). You could replace these items with just one lightweight long-sleeved shirt with a collar. Patagonia and Rohan make shirts from technical fabrics that don’t scream ‘safari tourist.’”
Inside the Aeronaut:
“Medium cafe bag (to be carried as a purse once we arrive), tennis shoes, waterproof boots, blue slim packing cube for underwear and socks, medium raspberry packing cube for clothing, umbrella, red dot bag with dry toiletries, brown zip bag with misc emergency items, olive 311 bag with wet toiletries”
Inside the Synapse 25:
“Hydroflask, 2 stuff sacks, side effect, organizer cube, iPad in Portenzo case, Kindle, Ziploc bag, clear organizer pouch with Eurorail passes and passports, camera bag for dSLR and 10-22 lens, 35 mm lens and neoprene pouch to hold it.”
Back in late August, we posted a couple fantastic videos courtesy of Chris from SHEP Films (the folks who worked with us on our Smart Alec, Tri-Star, and Everyday Carry videos) in which he and his traveling companion, Daniel, detail what they packed for a two week family trip to Japan. Although Chris and Daniel mention the bags and accessories they use by name, we figured it would be handy to have everything compiled into one list along with at which point in the packing video these things can be found. See the packing video below, along with the list of everything used.
What Chris used…
and what Daniel used…
If you want to see all of this stuff in action along with some great shots of the bags, Japanese scenery, and delicious food, check out the second video below.
“Just got back from my first trip with my new Side Effect. During this trip I determined that 1 Side Effect + 2 S-Biners == great way to keep little fiddly things (earbuds, iPod, gum, pens, notebook, tissues, snacks, makeup bag, etc.) handy during a flight.” — Ms. Ferret
Check out the entire thread on the TOM BIHN Forums. See also: the Side Effect.
Thanks to everyone’s hard work, the following bags are back in stock and ready to ship:
Co-Pilot, all colors
Synapse 19, all colors
Shop Bag, all colors, sizes Small and Large
Clear Quarter Packing Cube, all colors
RFID Blocking Passport Pouch, all colors
Paralyzed by indecision, TOM BIHN Forum member erg approached his fellow posters with the following request: “Help me decide on the right bag configuration for business travel with a laptop.”
The primary obstacle was first figuring out which travel bag was going to fit all of erg’s stuff. Would the mid-sized Tri-Star be large enough (his preferred bag) or would he have to get the larger Aeronaut?
Eventually, erg posted his packing list, somewhat unsure as to the possibility of squeezing all that stuff into the Tri-Star:
5 knit short sleeved shirts
5 pairs of socks
1 pair of jeans
laptop + charger
misc. small electronics
2 or 3 granola bars
Owning a Tri-Star himself, forum member Mike kindly tested the packing list for erg, and even posted photos of the results so that everybody could see the results for themselves.
Looking to add a patch to your bag, but don’t want the permanence that comes with stitching one on? Check out an awesome thread from forum member Miking that shows you how to add a patch using magnets. No sewing skills necessary!
Thanks to our amazing crews, the following bags are back in stock and ship within one business day:
Ristretto for 13″ MacBook Pro or Air, all colors
Brain Bag, all colors
Packing Cube Shoulder Bag, all colors
Empire Builder, Black/Black/Steel and Black/Steel/Steel (Black/Black/Wasabi ships by the end of this week)
Side Effect, Aubergine/Wasabi and Black/Iberian (other colors are scheduled to ship early next month)