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    Quote Originally Posted by NWhikergal View Post
    One comment about the Night Flight with its padded liner. I have not seen anyone exploit this yet, but since it is hook and loop (velcro) compatible so that the padded divider can attach to the walls, it seems as if one could use the space on the inner walls to attach a host of hook and loop type accessories. And I think there might be some interesting options for additional organizational or decorative type possibilities. I just throw the suggestion out there...
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    Received my Night Flight (Black Ballistic with Wasabi - wish the lining was Solar) yesterday afternoon. Yes, it is small - I don't believe anyone will have any trouble being too large as a "personal item".

    I am most interested in the Night Flight for carrying my CPAP machine. The Night Flight will work quite well for a smaller travel size CPAP, but is unlikely to be very satisfactory for many of the full-size night table machines with a humidifier. If you can easily separate the unit from the humidifier (I've seen a bit of regression in this regard with our most recent machines), you could put the CPAP unit in the main compartment and the mask and hose in one of the end compartments (which are decently sized).

    The foam liner in the center compartment is better than I was expecting, but still not optimal in terms of thickness. The divider set will certainly help if your able to use it with your particular load.

    My wife and I have both received new CPAPs in the past nine months (required by our sleep specialists to provide updated data collection) and they are bigger than our machines of only five or six years ago. As a result, we decided to also obtain an additional travel machine to make travel easier and lighter. I was the first to do so and obtained a Transcend travel CPAP which in its bag (lightly padded) weights just about three pounds (to which I've added a 10 foot extension cord in case an electrical outlet is not handy to the head of the bed). It fits tightly, but well in the center compartment of the Night Flight. On top of the CPAP you can probably fit a windbreaker type rain jacket. The combination of the lightly padded Transcend bag together with the foam liner of the Night Flight should adequately protect the CPAP in most instances.

    My wife who made the move to a travel CPAP just a few months ago got one of the new, ultra-light weight Z1 machines (it does not come with a case). Using a larger compact camera padded case for the CPAP unit itself and a Tom Bihn Clear Organizer pouch for the power supply and an Eagle Creek padded half cube for her hose and mask, it will fit in one of the end compartments with ease (well the half cube needs some help).

    If you are going to carry delicate items in your Night Flight I recommend going with the ballistic cloth and not the Dyneema to provide more structure and a little more protection for you contents.

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    So I just took my Night Flight on it's maiden airplane voyage (I have a packing list and photos under a thread in the packing lists section so I won't repeat those here.)

    Ill say this: it surprised me.

    I really like it.
    I initially thought it was too small you see, but now I think that it is awesome, especially paired with my Tristar.
    Lots of people eyeballed my aubergrine traveling set for one. Some people asked me questions. Others took down the name of the bags maker. I wasn't one of the people that was picked on by American gate agent who was monitoring the sizer (they were getting pretty serious about this at both LAX and DFW). I just sailed through.

    So the best things about the Night a Flight

    The end pockets hold an ungodly amount of stuff. Really. They are much bigger than you think. Perfect for snacks. I had one side filled with snacks, my keys, knitting, the other with a 1000 page novel, cross stitch projects, my kindle, candies, etc.

    It balances really nice in your hand. This to me was the most surprising thing about it because mine was stuffed, and I initially though the handles would be too short for carrying comfortably. No. I'm wrong. It carried really nicely in my hand, and even with the rectangular shape, it never felt unwieldy.

    The regular padded strap is fine with it. Mine was heavy and I never once longed for the absolute strap. I was totally comfortable with just the standard padded strap.

    It can withstand being dropped, kicked, and pounded on by someone else's irate toddler (someone's kid lost in line and took it out on my bag. When I expressed my displeasure, politely, but firmly, the kid's parent lost it at me. I'm chalking that up to general frazzled ness. But the Night Flight was no worse for the wear.)

    And those little side slash pockets? The hold a ton of flat stuff.

    It also doesn't take up that much of your foot space. I was on a huge plane out to LA (it was continuing overseas) but even with that, the night flight gives your a bit more foot room than the average carryon.

    So yeah, I kinda love it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by atarango1 View Post
    So I just took my Night Flight on it's maiden airplane voyage (I have a packing list and photos under a thread in the packing lists section so I won't repeat those here.)

    Ill say this: it surprised me.

    I really like it.
    I initially thought it was too small you see, but now I think that it is awesome, especially paired with my Tristar.
    Lots of people eyeballed my aubergrine traveling set for one. Some people asked me questions. Others took down the name of the bags maker. I wasn't one of the people that was picked on by American gate agent who was monitoring the sizer (they were getting pretty serious about this at both LAX and DFW). I just sailed through.

    So the best things about the Night a Flight

    The end pockets hold an ungodly amount of stuff. Really. They are much bigger than you think. Perfect for snacks. I had one side filled with snacks, my keys, knitting, the other with a 1000 page novel, cross stitch projects, my kindle, candies, etc.

    It balances really nice in your hand. This to me was the most surprising thing about it because mine was stuffed, and I initially though the handles would be too short for carrying comfortably. No. I'm wrong. It carried really nicely in my hand, and even with the rectangular shape, it never felt unwieldy.

    The regular padded strap is fine with it. Mine was heavy and I never once longed for the absolute strap. I was totally comfortable with just the standard padded strap.

    It can withstand being dropped, kicked, and pounded on by someone else's irate toddler (someone's kid lost in line and took it out on my bag. When I expressed my displeasure, politely, but firmly, the kid's parent lost it at me. I'm chalking that up to general frazzled ness. But the Night Flight was no worse for the wear.)

    And those little side slash pockets? The hold a ton of flat stuff.

    It also doesn't take up that much of your foot space. I was on a huge plane out to LA (it was continuing overseas) but even with that, the night flight gives your a bit more foot room than the average carryon.

    So yeah, I kinda love it.
    I agree it is like a Mary Poppins bag. Fantastic for flight especially in combination with another bag. Sorry to hear about the irateness episode - as a parent, I don't think that other parent should have gotten upset at you for not wanting your personal belongings to be a punching bag for their kid!

    Yes travel is stressful on kids but general respect for another person's stuff can be acknowledged.

    ETA - the mesh pouch under the top flap has a lot of possibilities for earphones and other small but essential items. Also combining this with a side effect puts a lot of key items in the seat vicinity. However I have not yet been able to fit a magazine in the NFTD. Ideas?
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    Quote Originally Posted by atarango1 View Post
    It can withstand being dropped, kicked, and pounded on by someone else's irate toddler (someone's kid lost in line and took it out on my bag. When I expressed my displeasure, politely, but firmly, the kid's parent lost it at me. I'm chalking that up to general frazzled ness. But the Night Flight was no worse for the wear.)
    Should have punted his Tonka truck the length of the terminal, that would learn him!
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    thanks I was wondering how it would work as a camera bag and seeing that it looks like one body and a lens and that is it is just not big enough for me. I would need body, two to three lenses and a flash.

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    Just a brief post to show you all what I packed into the Night Flight for an impromptu overnight trip in where else? Chicago. Two low maintenance adults and one corgi.

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    Side Pocket #1: Citizen Canine (Cardinal), dog food in Tupperware, dog treats.

    Main Compartment: three t-shirts, a pair of shorts, a hard-back book; one Night Flight packing cube with three pairs of chonies and some socks; another NFPC with two pairs of chonies and some socks.

    Main Compartment Lid: Field Notes, pen, phone charger/Lightning cable.

    Side Pocket #2: 3D Organizer Cube (Steel Dyneema) with toiletries, two pairs of glasses in cases, Small OP (Steel Dyneema) with hand sanitizer, mints, Advil, etc.

    I carried the bag cross-body using the regular strap and it was just fine.

    Other minutiae:
    *I removed the grey insert thing that adds structure to the main compartment. Doing so made the duffle a bit more flexible (duh) and, if this makes sense, made the bag feel a bit more casual when packed full.

    *This bag is really, really cute, you guys. It just looks up at you and says, "Check Hotwire and get out of town. And take me!" I packed up everything you see here in less than 10 minutes. It was effortless and helped the trip feel more spontaneous, which is not my usual way of being, but change is good once in a while.

    *On a longer road trip, I would consider using this bag to hold all the dog's stuff, like a mini Skookum duffle. It would hold his food, a towel, his first aid kit, some amusements, and his Skookum mat would roll up to be stashed between the handles. The ballistic nylon is easy to wipe down, so I wouldn't hesitate to use it for this purpose, though I would probably give it some serious airing out time before packing my chonies into it.

    That's all for now! Badger out.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Badger View Post
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    I give you a zillion bonus points for including an actual book, much less a non-flexible one that appears to comprise about 1/6 of the total volume.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Janine View Post
    Or, if you aren't in the mood for watermelon,

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    you can fit 6 rolls of toilet paper in the NFTD without squashing any of them.
    Janine, Are those COSTCO toilet paper rolls?
    The stockpile keeps growing...I'm in serious trouble.

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    Quote Originally Posted by monkeylady View Post
    Janine, Are those COSTCO toilet paper rolls?
    Scott Tissue! I bought a 27-roll pack from Amazon. I was clearly in my wrong mind. It takes FOREVER to go through that much toilet paper!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Janine View Post
    Scott Tissue! I bought a 27-roll pack from Amazon. I was clearly in my wrong mind. It takes FOREVER to go through that much toilet paper!
    Not my house, it doesn't! And I'm still trying to figure out why. It's not like we're TP-ing our neighbors' houses, or playing Boris Karloff and wrapping ourselves up like mummies every day. But toilet paper moves through this house at light speed.
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