Wanted to share another set of travel adventures made possible only by my Tom Bihn bags and the good graces of the gods of travel.
Im currently based in Latin America for work, but needed to travel to Jordan for a training, passing through the US. A disproportionate 2 days of travel each way, in order to do 4 days of work.
My bag combo for this trip was my Steel/Solar Aeronaut and Steel Dyneema Synapse 19. The Synapse held my Macbook Air 13", Kindle Paperwhite, work papers, cables, glasses, water bottle, snacks, passport, scarf. The Aeronaut held 1 pair of chinos, 1 polo, 2 button down shirts, a lightweight jacket, 3 pairs socks/underwear/undershirts, 1 long-sleeve shirt, 1 pair lightweight athletic pants, 1 pair light canvas sneakers. On the plane I wore a pair of jeans, loafers, t-shirt, and a wool cardigan.
On the way there, my route had me flying to Miami, then NYC, then overnight to Amman.The fun started when I checked in early that morning, and realized that my Miami to NYC flight would put me in at La Guardia Airport, but my Amman flight was going to leave from JFK! Somehow missed that small detail when booking the flight. Was going to need extra time to grab a taxi from one airport to the other, and to go through security again.
The first flight to Miami went relatively smooth. Made it through migrations, customs and then back through security. That was when I realized that I had left my brand new Kindle in the seat-back pocket of my last plane! Aeronaut went into backpack mode, Synapse moved to my front, and I started booking it back through the airport. Ran what felt like a mile, found an airline rep, who told me that my plane was still at the same gate, but that there was no way I was getting the Kindle back, because regulations require it to pass through customs, then it would go to lost and found, and then I could file a report! Ran another a mile, reached the gate, where the same plane I had come in on was about to close its doors for its next flight, to New Orleans. Miraculously, the Kindle was still there in the seat pocket! And they gave it to me no questions asked!
Unfortunately, my Miami to NYC flight then hit multiple delays. I was getting more and more nervous, because I knew that this meant that my window for the La Guardia to JFK trip was getting pretty tight. By the time my plane arrived at La Guardia, I had an hour and a half before my international flight departed, from another airport, across town! Aeronaut again went into to backpack mode and I ran literally from the plane to the taxi stand, jumped in a taxi, and somehow managed to arrive at my gate in JFK just as they were boarding!
On the way back from Jordan I was ready for what would hopefully be a smoother trip. I was flying Amman to Chicago to Miami, spending the night, and then on home. Unfortunately, crossing the Atlantic we hit a lot of wind, and arrived an hour late in Chicago, leaving me with an almost impossible 1 hour flat to go through migration, customs, security, and get to my gate. De ja vu all over again-- I ran from the plane to migrations to customs to security to my gate, and arrived just as they were doing final boarding!
Looking back at this trip, without light packing plus lightweight, non-roller, carry-on only bags (and strong legs and a lot of good luck), I would not only have lost my Kindle, but probably added a day of extra travel on both ends of my trip due to missed flights. Just checking my bag, in and of itself, would have certainly caused me to miss my NYC to Amman flight, as well as my Chicago to Miami flight. What a crazy trip!
Moral of this story: in a crazy world, where travel plans can shift last minute, its important to have good bags. :-)