In the Forums, bchaplin asked: “I am considering the Smart Alec backpack for certain trips where I want to travel light, or at least as an excursion bag if I want to leave my main suitcase in the hotel and take a short side trip. (I am NOT an ultralight traveler!) If it is not holding any computer equipment, which packing cubes, and how many, fit well in this bag?”

Various forum members added their thoughts to bchaplin’s forum thread and we decided to respond in photos.

A little background: our Packing Cubes are designed to help you organize and keep neat and tidy your clothes, socks, and shoes. They’re the perfect complement to — and are available in specific sizes for — our Aeronaut, Tri-Star, and Western Flyer carry-on travel bags. It’s not uncommon for folks to also want to use our Packing Cubes inside of our backpacks, briefcases, and messenger bags. For the Smart Alec backpack in particular, we recommend using the Packing Cubes for the Western Flyer — their dimensions will best fit in and utilize the space inside of the Smart Alec.

TOM BIHN Packing Cubes in the Smart Alec
One Western Flyer Packing Cube, Large, in the Smart Alec
(You’d have room leftover for a Vertical Brain Cell, plus some small items)

Using Packing Cubes in the Smart Alec backpack
Two Western Flyer Packing Cubes, Large
(Takes up most of the space inside of the Smart Alec. Still room for a couple of small things.)

Packing Cubes in the TOM BIHN Smart Alec backpack
One Western Flyer Packing Cube, Large and one Western Flyer Packing Cube, Small, Fabric/Mesh + one Western Flyer Packing Cube, Small, All Fabric stacked on top of each other.
(Takes up most of the space inside of the Smart Alec. Still room for a couple of small things.)