The Contents of a Western Flyer
This is what is currently in my Western Flyer:
In my Western Flyer I have:
1 pair of shorts
1 Convertible Packing Cube/Shoulder Bag
1 small toiletries bag (contains: ear plugs, door lock, Leatherman micro, a micro Maglite, 12 headache tablets, 1 Victorinox SwissCard, 1 travel razor, 1 travel toothbrush, toiletries (all the following are in travel size containers: 1 shower gel, 1 shaving foam, 1 toothpaste, 1 after shave moisturizer, 1 after shave, 1 deodorant))
1 pair of gloves
1 pair of lightweight training shoes
2 pairs of underpants
2 pairs of socks
1 Dell D620 laptop
1 Dell power cable
1 small umbrella
1 Horizontal Freudian Slip (contains: 1 A4 sized hardback notebook, work notes (often 0.5” thick), 1 Economist magazine, 5 A4 size envelopes, 20 sheets plain A4 paper, 3 pens, 2 flip chart markers, 1 pack of mints, tissues, 1 15cm ruler, Post-it notes, 1 pencil sharpener, 1 roll of sellotape, 30 business cards, 1 mini clear organizer pouch (contains 1 blob of blue tack, 10 paperclips, 5 elastic bands, 5 wire ties, 1 Post-it page tabs).
1 iPhone cradle and cable
1 5 metre long LAN cable
1 320Gb External Hard Drive
1 pack of tissues
1 spare mobile phone
1 staff ID pass
1 1 litre Platypus water pouch
1 lightweight rain jacket
1 Absolute Shoulder Strap
1 kitchen sink
Who needs more than 1600 cubic inches?
Just for fun, I packed my Western Flyer all wrong. 16 shirts, 3 pairs of heavy pants, 8 pairs of socks and underwear. It all fit and still weighed 17.6 pounds, bag and strap included. Who says you need to do laundry every day or two?
I could get rid of a few shirts and trade the jeans and heavy canvas pants for lighter weight travel pants and easily have room for a sweater, fleece, and a pair of shoes, but I only bring extra shoes when I'm on a marathon trip and I can wear the sweater and a jacket on the plane.
Photos at http://www.flickr.com/photos/4789207...7623386225067/
PS--no, I don't really need 16 shirts, this was just a proof of concept project for me
Great Pictures. Nice proof of concept
Awesome! Yes, it's obviously excessive and overloaded. But, it's possible. I'd been debating for awhile about choosing one bag for carry-on only travel. I don't have any luggage right now, but I also don't have a lot of money. So choosing a tiny bag seems dangerous, yet I also thought it would help me learn to pack light. It looks as though I wouldn't have too if I didn't feel like it. It looks like the packing cubes really make it a lot easier to get everything in, and probably out. Thanks for the great series of pictures. I'm definitely leaning towards a Western Flyer.
Originally Posted by red
18 days with my Western Flyer (Europe trip)
Last Sunday I came back from Europe, it was my first trip there and my Western Flyer was my sole luggage for the 18 days.
Here goes my packing list:
2 pants (1 poly/cotton jeans and 1 tencel)
3 pairs of ExOfficio boxers
2 pr shoes (1 lightweight)
2 pr Tilley walking socks
1 pr Flip Flops
2 polo shirts
1 long-sleeve shirt
1 short-sleeve shirt
2 white undershirts
1 icebreaker midweight merino wool top (long sleeve)
1 smartwool legging
phone & charger
in-ear earphones (which can also mute sounds when I want to sleep)
4 nimh batteries & charger
camera (canon sx110)
flashlight (never go w/o one!)
universal power plug (uk, europe, us)
nokia foldable keyboard (for smartphone)
3-1-1 bag (this includes soap for washing clothes)
lightweight rain coat
This is my whole packing list, including what I was wearing in the plane. I wore the heaviest clothes.
Total weight of the bag: 5.9kg (almost 13lb).
Most of the washing during the trip was made in sinks, but on day 10 we went to a launderette.
Here is a picture of the WF ready to leave the hostel:
Week-long trip to the east coast
Here's what I stuffed into my WF - 2 long-sleeved merino blouses
- 2 short-sleeved merino blouses
- 3 merino tank tops
- 1 cotton tank
- 1 pair bike shorts
- 1 skirt
- 1 pair pajama pants
- 7 pairs Ex Officio underwear
- 1 extra bra
- 1 pair sandals
- 2 pairs wool socks
- 1 pair tabi socks
- 1 3-1-1 toiletries cube:
- half scrubby Salux towel
- 1 Skinvac washcloth
- 2 1 oz. squeeze bottles shampoo/conditioner
- Venus razor
- small dropper bottle SPF 50
- Irving Rice folding mirror
- eyelash curler (Japonesque folding)
- 1 oz pitotube mosquito repellent (CB Outside)
- pot of unpetroleum
- acetate comb
- roller bottle perfume
- 1 sheepskin "Elmer Fudd" hat
- 1 set silk long underwear (long-sleeved top and longjohns)
- 6 pounds macadamia nuts
- 2 insulated shopping bags
- 4 calendars
Ex Officio underwear is awesome.
Ibex and Icebreaker merino gear is also awesome.
Skinvac towels -- don't pack face wash or moisturizer -- this will take the grime off your face without the need to moisturize later.
Travel trick: to get extra-clean, cut a Salux washcloth in half lengthwise. It's like a loofah, only far better and easier to pack up. Dries instantly if you do the roll-in-towel-and-stomp method.
In retrospect I packed far too much for an 8-day trip, but the Western Flyer handled everything in style. I smugly (and without excessive bumping) passed all of the people trying to shove their rolling steamer trunks into the overhead compartments of the plane and effortlessly shoved the WF under my seat. Good times...