I’ve been agonizing over a packing strategy for my next trip and wanted to get advice from some of the experts in this forum. Sorry in advance for the long post.
I‘m leaving shortly for a business trip to India (3 cities, almost 2 weeks total in duration). I will need clothes for approximately 6-7 days of meetings (dress pants plus tops) plus a few days worth of more casual clothes for travel days and a little sightseeing. It is going to be HOT--around 110 degrees in one of the cities--so I can’t count on wearing anything twice. I might have an opportunity to get some laundry done in the hotel the last week, but I don’t want to count on it.
I usually travel using a wheeled carry-on bag (about an inch smaller than maximum allowed in all dimensions) plus a computer bag. The flights to and from India shouldn’t be a problem, however my domestic flights within India have carry-on limits of 7kg and 8kg (Air India and Jet Airways or vice versa). One of the domestic flights has an approximate one-hour transfer in Mumbai. I’m paranoid about losing my luggage especially during the transfer in Mumbai. I absolutely hate the feeling of waiting for bags in baggage claim. So stressful!
I was considering getting a Tri-Star as a single bag to carry on to replace the wheeled bag but with a computer included it would be heavier than 7kg and I worried that I might have to check it, thereby risking losing all my clothes. And then of course the decision was made for me when the Tri-Star went out of stock last week while I was debating
The Aeronaut seems too big for me and I’m not a fan of the large center packing area. Plus I’m not sure I could keep it packed to less than 7kg and therefore might have to check it.
So, after endless reviews of this forum I decided to order my first Tom Bihn bag--a Western Flyer (it should arrive on Wednesday, the suspense is absolutely killing me). My current plan is to try out packing all my clothes in the Western Flyer and if it works use it instead of the wheeled bag (and still bring the computer bag). If that doesn’t work, I’ll use the Western Flyer as a computer bag and pack my 3-1-1 bag, electronics, and a couple changes of clothes in it. Then when I have to check my wheeled bag I will have an emergency supply of clothes to reduce the impact if my bag gets lost. With those two bags I should have enough space to not have to do any laundry during the trip.
What do you guys think? Is there a better option? Has anyone had trouble with a Western Flyer being over 7kg and having to check it? Is there any problem with a 3-1-1 bag in India (would I have to put it in a checked bag)? Any advice is welcome…
Note that the coworker I am travelling with thinks I am nuts for even considering going carry on only for this trip.