Five TB bags in Mexico
My wife and I spent a week in Guanajuato, Mexico earlier this month, and as usual we traveled carry-on only. We've both been using Aeronauts for a few years now, but this time we each carried a Synapse as well. My wife also took along a Side Effect (which on the plane was carried inside her Synapse) to use on the many hikes and walks she knew we would take. As usual, all of the bags performed flawlessly, and we were able to take an amazing amount of clothes, books, and tech (iPad and a netbook) with us. In her Aeronaut, my wife packed 9 blouses, 8 t-shirts, 3 summer dresses, 4 skirts, 4 capri pants, 1 pair of jeans, 3 pair of shoes, a pair of flip flops, 6 scarves/shawls, and lots more. I used my Synapse as my bag for the daily treks around town, and it was great: light, flexible, and plenty of extra room if we bought something along the way (or if my wife wanted to ditch her sweater as the day warmed up).
Here are a few photos of the bags in action:
My wife loves the Side Effect, especially because it's so easy to change from a shoulder bag to a waist pack, depending on the need.
This is at the top of one of the mountains surrounding Guanajuato looking out at the city below (our morning hike, though it's up steep stairs rather than a dirt trail). That's the Side Effect's strap over her shoulder.
A couple of shots of me with the Synapse.
This was right before we left -- my wife waiting for a cab to take us to the airport, surrounded by all our bags. It was a great trip and our Tom Bihn bags once again served us well.
wonderful pictures, as always, gmich! thanks for sharing!
Originally Posted by gmich
Amazing photos! I can't wait to feature them on the blog!
WOW! Amazing photos! Such a beautiful area! Thank you for sharing! Please thank you wife for modeling!
I meant to include this in my original post but forgot. On our next to last day in Mexico, we bought an iron frame with ceramic tiles to use as an address plaque on our home. Only when we got back to the B&B where we were staying did we realize that, at 22" x 9", it wouldn't fit in our largest bags -- two Aeronauts. We thought we were going to have to check it at the airport even though we'd packed with the idea of being carry-on only for the entire trip.
But then when I was attaching the backpack straps on the Aeronaut, I got the idea of wrapping up the address plaque in a couple shirts and a garbage bag and sliding it into the pocket that holds the backpack straps. I'm sure this isn't recommended use, but it worked quite well, and no one at the ticket counter or the gate gave it a second look. So we went carry-on only after all. Just another example of the versatility of the Aeronaut.
Here are pictures of the address plaque (on our house) and a blurry shot of it in my Aeronaut.
awesome pictures! I too manage to pack way more clothes than I can possibly need in my aeronaut. I've been travelling carry-on for so many years now that I don't know how I could possibly fill up a regular-sized suitcase