As always, I managed to stuff an amazing amount of stuff into my Aeronaut. This trip involved a US>UK>Switzerland>UK>US itinerary. While in London, I lived out of the Aeronaut for 4 days plus 2 days in Cambridge. That's a total of 6 days (5 nights). I also carried a Brain Cell with 17"Powerbook as my travel computer.
New Lessons Learned:
1) Avoid London's Heathrow Airport as delays/cancellations are far more frequent than via London's Gatwick airport.
2) The Aeronaut's hide-away backpack straps allow you to convert it from shoulder carry to back carry. This in turn allows it to better withstand Heathrow's legendary 2 hr Lines without the traveler developing severe shoulder and back pain.
3) Avoid trying to lug anything that does not have wheels on travel.
Picture below tells the story.
Frame 1) - Serene wait at Washington Dulles Airport (IAD)
Frame 2)- LON>GVA Cancelled, Line up to get re-ticketed (1.25 Hrs)
Frame 3)- Earlier that evening- checking the Aeronaut's carry-on worthiness.
Frame 4) - Second line for Hotel Vouchers (45Mins)
Frame 5) - Line for the Hotel Bus (40Mins)
Frame 6) - Airport Hotel
Frame 7) - Free Dinner that was more insult than nutrition.
Without access to luggage carts, I had to hand carry a huge box that I lugged along with me. I managed to rig a DIY carry handle for it but it was still very unwieldy. Were it not for the back-pack-ability of my Aeronaut, I would have never managed on this trip. To be able to pack 6 days of travel stuff makes the Aeronaut my Go-To Carry-On bag every time I travel. The Brain Cell was also a champ- taking a fair bit of abuse, as 50 fellow travelers and me jockeyed for good positioning in lines and to board/disembark the bus.
I shared one Absolute strap between the Aeronaut and the Brain Cell.