“Now, I must admit that when I first looked at the Aeronaut it appeared to be too small and too compartmentalized to suit my needs or tastes. I’ve long used a voluminous duffel bag for travels, and my backpack is a top-loader. Why would I want a piece of luggage with three well-defined compartments that in turn can swallow a variety of “Packing Cubes,” as this Seattle-based manufacturer dubs them?
Obviously, I didn’t realize the structure that was lacking from my life.
When I started packing for my recent trip to Saguaro National Park, I quickly came to appreciate this 2,700-cubic-inch bag. For starters, I could slip a pair of size 11 lightweight hiking shoes into one of the end compartments. By putting the shoes into a Packing Cube designed for the pocket, I could contain any dust or dirt inside the washable cube, not inside the end compartment. The other end pocket was big enough for underwear and socks for the five-day trek, while the main compartment gobbled up a pair of hiking pants, seven shirts, and toiletries. And there was some room left over, too, to handle at least another pair of pants or rain gear if need be.”