Chris and Daniel’s Bags from the Two Weeks in Japan Videos

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…

0:04Aeronaut, Steel Dyneema/Wasabi

0:40RFID Blocking Passport Pouch, Wasabi; Clear Organizer Wallet (for business cards)

0:44 — Small Padded Organizer Pouch;  Size 2 Travel Stuff Sacks, Ultraviolet and Wasabi (both for miscellaneous stuff like ear buds, a multi-tool, batteries, and memory cards)

0:56Co-Pilot, Steel Dyneema/Solar

1:02Travel Tray, Wasabi

1:053D Clear Organizer Cube, Steel

1:083D Mesh Organizer Cube, Black

1:10Clear Quarter Packing Cube, Wasabi

1:15 — Aeronaut End Pocket Packing Cube, All Fabric

1:19Cache, size 6Z

1:20 — Large Packing Cube for the Aeronaut

1:24Kindle Fire/Keyboard Pouch (for tablet)

and what Daniel used…

2:09 — Large Packing Cube for the Aeronaut

2:16Aeronaut, Black/Steel

2:183D Clear Organizer Cube, Wasabi Dyneema

2:31Synapse 19, Black/Iberian

2:3216-inch Key Strap; Kindle Fire/Keyboard Pouch, Padded

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.

Side Effect as In-Flight Organizer

“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

Side Effect as In-Flight Organizer

Check out the entire thread on the TOM BIHN Forums. See also: the Side Effect.

A Week in Montreal

Zeek and Rachel packed their bags and took off on a week-long trip to Montreal earlier this year.

When he’s not in Montreal doing karaoke, Zeek is the Director at SHEP Films, the people who worked with us on our Smart Alec and Synapse/Ristretto/Swift videos.

See also: Rachel and Zeek’s trip to Hawaii. (Rachel’s Large Cafe Bag makes an appearance.)

Decisions, Decisions: Picking the Right Bag

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 undershirts
5 underwear
5 pairs of socks
1 pair of jeans
athletic shoes
toiletries
medications
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.

Decisions, decisions: Picking the Right Bag  Everything from erg’s packing list, laid out

Decisions, decisions: Picking the Right BagPacked into the Tri-Star

Decisions, decisions: Picking the Right BagZipped up!

Read the full thread in the TOM BIHN Forums (and possibly add your 2¢). See also: the Tri-Star.

How to pack a men’s suit in the Tri-Star

Miking’s method:

How to pack a suit in luggage

dwright17′s method:

“I did the method where you fold one shoulder over the other, turning the jacket inside out, and leaving the sleeves to hang naturally inside (don’t stuff one into the other). Then either fold it in half or in thirds. I didn’t put it in plastic, as the instructions I read said the plastic would make it move around, which is what causes the wrinkles. You’re supposed to have it packed fairly snug against other items, and the “inside out” part of the jacket serves as the barrier that I believe most people are looking for with the plastic covers. The jacket didn’t even need to hang in the steamy bathroom before wearing. You can find a video of this method on YouTube. Worked like a charm!”

Two Weeks in Japan (packing and trip videos)

Chris and family went on a two week trip to Japan; here’s the trip in video. Gear laid out, packing lists, getting on the plane, sleeping on the plane, eating lots of amazing food…..

When he’s not going on awesome trips to Japan or packing for overnight work trips, Chris is the writer and producer at SHEP, the people who worked with us on our Tri-Star and Synapse videos.