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  1. #16
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    Aeronaut packing list from Cozumel trip

    We just returned from a month-long trip to San Miguel de Cozumel, Mexico. On the way back I packed one of our Aeronauts with the clean clothes and got a ridiculous amount in without straining the bag. I thought I would share the packing list.

    This is a combination of clothing for me (6'8"), my son (6'3"), and my wife (5'8") so none of the clothing is particularly tiny!

    6 L T-Shirts
    1 L rash-guard
    5 XXL T-Shirts
    5 pairs of men's shorts
    3 men's swimsuits
    1 L men's sweatpants
    4 M men's briefs
    5 L men's boxers
    5 (size undisclosed) women's underwear
    1 dress
    1 female 1-piece swimsuit
    1 pair of men's travel pants (very thin)
    2 pairs of women's capri pants
    9 pairs of men's socks
    3 women's socks
    2 women's strap tops
    7 women's tops
    1 light women's sweater
    1 L men's windbreaker

    Here it is all spread out on the bed after we unpacked. Sorry it is a bit blurry, but it was almost 2:00am by the time we got home, so *I* was a bit blurry when I took the picture.

    All of my son's shirts as well as 2 of mine fit into 1 small packing cube in one of the end-compartments. Rolling is a godsend for traveling light.



    Our other aeronaut wasn't packed quite so full, but contained the shoes and quite a lot of other clothing.

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    Does anyone pack a Tom Bihn backpack (like a Smart Alec or Synapse) inside of an Aeronaut, to be unpacked and used while "on the trip"?

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    I currently stuff a Smart Alec inside my Aeronaut while traveling. It works, but is a bit "clunky." I place the Smart Alec on the bottom of the bag, a large packing cube on top of it and secure them both with the straps. My Dell Latitude D630 with extended battery goes inside a size 2M cache and sits on top of both of them. A Snake Charmer, Moleskin, and Medium organizer pouch fit around these items in the main compartment. A 3D clear organizer cube sits in a side compartment with my carry-on liquids. Some other stuff typically fits in the ends as well. It's a bit of a tight fit - but it definitely works.

    I've just ordered a Large Cafe Bag and a Ristretto which I'm going to try to use instead of the Smart Alec for this very purpose. I expect one of these bags to work better because they are sized about the same as the main compartment of the Aeronaut and don't have a heavily padded back. I also intend to remove the shoulder strap and use the Absolute strap on my Aeronaut for carrying the small bag around my destination, thus saving some more room.

    In case you are wondering the reason behind ordering both bags, I currently travel with one of two very differently sized laptops and am doing some experimentation to see which - if either - bag can work for both.

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    @ SurlyFrog:

    Sounds great, and it's a free country! Have at it.

    I'd love to see some photos posted of what people unpacked from their Aeronauts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maverick View Post
    hi lauragayle!

    i have an earlier iteration of this camping chair / stadium chair from crazy creek. it is truly a back saver when you're sitting on the ground for 3-4 hours each day. i put a cushion inside for added comfort, but i have that at my destination rather than packing it in my aeronaut. this camping chair packs wonderfully inside my aeronaut.
    I know you are very attached to your chair, maverick, but I have found something here at MOA (Mall of America- oh how I hate going there!) that might take up less space, be lighter and is super simple for travel.

    There is a store there that carries hand made items from under developed countries - sweaters, mittens, hats, scarves, etc. Here I found a very large woven circle. I learned that the purpose of this is to ease the strain on one's back when sitting on the floor. The idea is that you place it around your body under your arms and then around your knees. It works well if you are sitting cross-legged or with your knees pulled up toward your chest. I have seen it used at HS football game on the bleachers as well.
    Ego in Black, Steel, Wasabi, Empire Builder in Black, Black, Sapphire (Husband), 2 Brain Cells (Black), 2 Medium Cafe Bags - 1 in Black, Wasabi & 1 in Navy, Cayenne, 2 Large Cafe bags w/Absolute Straps - 1 in Linen, Olive and 1 in Cocoa, Wasabi, Guardian Dual Function Light & Lots of pouches!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nana8 View Post
    I know you are very attached to your chair, maverick, but I have found something here at MOA (Mall of America- oh how I hate going there!) that might take up less space, be lighter and is super simple for travel.

    There is a store there that carries hand made items from under developed countries - sweaters, mittens, hats, scarves, etc. Here I found a very large woven circle. I learned that the purpose of this is to ease the strain on one's back when sitting on the floor. The idea is that you place it around your body under your arms and then around your knees. It works well if you are sitting cross-legged or with your knees pulled up toward your chest. I have seen it used at HS football game on the bleachers as well.
    wow - thanks, nana8!

    i think i've seen people using something like what you are describing. i am still in search for the perfect solution. i have diagramed what i think would work well - basically a smaller version of my meditation chair. it wouldn't be as portable, but i think it would be more comfortable. maybe i'll make it one of these days, or get a custom furniture maker to help me bring it together.

    of course, i'd need tom to make a bag that would hold it!
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    I love your design and would certainly purchase a couple when you get them made! The concept is simple yet grand/sleek and look very comfortable! Please keep me posted!
    Ego in Black, Steel, Wasabi, Empire Builder in Black, Black, Sapphire (Husband), 2 Brain Cells (Black), 2 Medium Cafe Bags - 1 in Black, Wasabi & 1 in Navy, Cayenne, 2 Large Cafe bags w/Absolute Straps - 1 in Linen, Olive and 1 in Cocoa, Wasabi, Guardian Dual Function Light & Lots of pouches!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nana8 View Post
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    I love your design and would certainly purchase a couple when you get them made! The concept is simple yet grand/sleek and look very comfortable! Please keep me posted!
    hi nana8,

    the concept is based on this meditation chair. this is what i use at home. i've taken it with me on a couple of trip where i've driven to where i'm going and have planned to be there for more than a couple of days. i get strange looks from folks in the elevator, but that's alright. it is truly a joy to use.

    they also make a travel chair - called the wandering monk, but i find the seat to be too small for me to sit comfortably for any length of time.

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    VERY NICE! We have been looking for something along these lines for use at home and this appears to be perfect! Thanks you for the links!

    BTW-we never worry about folks in the elevator!
    Ego in Black, Steel, Wasabi, Empire Builder in Black, Black, Sapphire (Husband), 2 Brain Cells (Black), 2 Medium Cafe Bags - 1 in Black, Wasabi & 1 in Navy, Cayenne, 2 Large Cafe bags w/Absolute Straps - 1 in Linen, Olive and 1 in Cocoa, Wasabi, Guardian Dual Function Light & Lots of pouches!

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    I'm back out on tour, living out of my Aeronaut (and Smart Alec). I'm on the road for 43 days. With proper rationing, this pack should get me back home with only having to do laundry once:
    - 9 t-shirts
    - 12 pairs of boxer briefs
    - 12 pairs of socks
    - 1 blazer
    - 2 dress shirts
    - 2 vests
    - 2 button up casual shirts
    - 1 pair of PJs
    - 1 pair of dress pants
    - 1 pair of jeans
    - 1 light jacket
    - 1 heavier jacket
    - 1 pair of work gloves
    - 1 pair of knitted fingerless gloves
    - toiletries
    - beard trimmer

    When I left home I had on another t-shirt, another pair of jeans, plus boxer briefs & socks, bringing all those totals up by one. I only need one pair of shoes for this trip, so that's easy. And in my Smart Alec, along with my laptop, camera, and other techy accessories I have 2 hoodies.
    Last edited by leviathan; 10-11-2010 at 11:30 AM.
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    Aeronaut packing list

    My aeronaut has been with me everywhere... but perhaps the most impressive packing list was from the summer of 2008 when I spent 2 1/2 weeks in Indonesia and Japan. There was a trekking component as well as a dive trip so packing was a bit of a challenge since I didn't want to have to check my bag. Here's some of what was packed:

    3 pairs pants (converts to shorts)
    2 long sleeve shirt
    1 skirt
    3 socks
    7 underwear
    1 pair shorts
    1 fleece
    1 long sleeve T
    hiking shoes
    silk sleeping bag liner
    travel pillow
    toiletries (all the standards - including sunscreen)
    flippers
    hiking poles
    mask
    snorkel
    bathing suit
    towel (Adventure towel)
    hat
    travel guide (2)
    iphone/charger
    3 t shirts
    2 tank tops
    small backpack for day use
    water shoes
    1 dress
    2 sarongs (purchased)
    2 pieces pottery (purchased)
    Various other souvenirs

    Yes, a combination of packing cubes were used.

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    I've had my Aeronaut (Black/Iberian) for about 6 weeks and it's finally packed for its first voyage: an 8-day family vaca to the Florida Keys. Here's my list:

    Main Compartment
    Large Packing Cube:
    4 x short sleeve sportshirts
    3 x "Technical T-Shirts"
    2 x ordinary T-shirts
    3 x shorts
    1 x yoga pants

    Small Packing Cube:
    5 x sport sox
    5 x undies
    1 x boxers

    Packing Cube Shoulder Bag:
    1 x Boardshorts
    1 x Swimsuit
    1 x rashguard

    Around the edges:
    SoundMatters FoxL V2 Speakers
    Shaving Bag
    First Aid Kit
    Tilley Hat
    Point & Shoot in Mini Padded Organizer Pouch, clipped to Small OP with my iPad Camera Kit, spare camera battery, spare SD card, and chargers for 2 different digital cameras
    Patagonia R2 fleece (for the cold plane)
    My iPad in its DODOCase
    Magazines

    Side Pocket 1 (in an End Packing Cube):
    Sanuk "sandals"
    Teva sandals

    Side Pocket 2
    3-1-1 bag (of course in a 3-D Clear Organizer Cube)
    Chargers/auxiliary batteries for my iDevices (packed in a Waterfield Medium iPod Travel Case (Sorry Tom))
    Bose QC15 Headphones
    Monster Beats Tour Headphones
    Sunglasses
    Eyeglasses


    This isn't quite a "One-Bag" trip, though... I've got my Eagle Creek ORV Trunk containing:
    SCUBA Bouyancy Compensator
    Regulator Bag
    Mask
    Fins
    Snorkel
    Dive computer
    Divelog/C-Card
    Dive boots/gloves
    Shorty Wetsuit
    Skinsuit
    Save-A-Dive kit
    Miscellaneous accessories
    Last edited by Yonkdaddy; 05-16-2011 at 10:05 AM.

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    Aeronaut at a 6-Day Conference - with a Blazer

    Heading out on a 6-day conference, with an interesting load in the Aeronaut... after all, gotta keep fit while on the road! (accompanied by my Checkpoint Flyer's maiden voyage)

    Main compartment
    Large Packing Cube
    4 dress shirts
    2 dress t-shirts
    1 workout tshirt
    2 pair chinos

    Small Packing Cube
    5 pair briefs
    5 pair sox
    1 pair workout shorts

    Packing Cube Shoulder Bag
    1 pair cycling shorts
    1 tech t-shirt
    Polar Heart Rate Monitor
    1 pair cycling sox

    Around the edges
    SoundMatters FoxL Bluetooth Speakers
    Clear Quarter Packing Cube as Shaving/Medical Kit
    Sea To Summit Ultrasil Packable Day Pack (for the gym)
    Platypus 1L waterbottle

    After packing in the main load, I will use the following technique to fold my blazer and will lay in on top of the load... just folding the jacket in thirds instead of in half. Don't know just how it will work out but practiced it while packing & left the jacket in the bag for a whole day... came out unwrinkled! I have used this folding technique many times in my old rolling luggage and it works very well.

    YouTube - ‪Jacket folding - light travel one-bag packing technique‬‏


    End Compartment 1
    1 pair cycling shoes for spin classes
    1 pair Nike trainers for TRX workouts

    End Compartment 2
    3-1-1 bag
    TRX Suspension Trainer

    In the Checkpoint Flyer
    Thinkpad laptop
    iPad
    Bose QC15's
    WaterField iPod Travel Case containing all my iPhone/iPad chargers, external batteries, cables, etc.
    magazines
    pens/pencils/etc.
    specs & sunglasses

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