Just got back from a trip to the Philippines with the Aeronaut and the Smart Alec as our only bags
we took along. I was actually able to stow the Smart Alec in the Aeronaut I carried so we only had to carry one bag through security. This was much more relaxed and the bags still fit in all the
overhead bins except on one of the Philippine domestic flights.
The Smart Alec became our only daypack for daily trips. When we travelled to Palaui Island I used an Osprey rain cover for the Smart Alec as it was raining that day and also the ocean spray from the waves that hit the boat made sure we all were wet. I also used the Bihn Packing Cube Backpack on the inside of the Smart Alec to pack all the cameras and phones and everything stayed completely dry.
We used the backpack method on the Aeronauts when walking through the airports and then stowed the straps when boarding the plane so it was easy stowing in the overhead bins compared to oversized carryon bags I observed other passengers trying to stow.
At the airport waiting.
At the Engano Lighthouse on Palaui Island
In the background the Two Sisters Islands.
Our guide and a brief history of the lighthouse.
Our transportation to the Island.