Mr. Synapse Goes to Washington
I just returned from a three day conference in D.C. and traveled with my Synapse and Co-Pilot. While I had originally wanted to take my lovely N/I Tri-Star (the symmetry of the colors appealed to me while being inside the Capital Beltway), I faced two issues. First, I didnít really need a bag that large for two nights, and second, my conference was in Bethesda, MD. This meant that I would have to make a choice of going from Reagan International to the hotel in Bethesda, and then back to downtown DC, losing critical sightseeing time on my only day to tour the city. In order to optimize my time, I decided it was more efficient to carry everything with me from the airport. Since I wasnít sure how many of the museums I might enter, I felt I had a better chance of getting through building security with my two smaller bags, then the larger Tri-Star.
The Synapse and Co-Pilot turned out to be an ideal choice and worked together perfectly. I borrowed LauraAís idea of using the Tri-Star packing cube to pack all my conference clothes including two pairs of pants, two tops, two lightweight jackets, pjs, and undergarments. I packed the cube, iPad, and makeup in the main compartment. In one side pocket, I kept my car keys and a TB shopping bag in case of overage on my way home, and in the other side pocket stored my iPod Touch,deodorant, and some meds. In the bottom pocket, I stored my 3D clear organizer pouch containing my 311 liquids. My Sonicare toothbrush, small umbrella, and comb were stowed in the water bottle pocket. Could I have gotten by with just the Synapse? Sure...except I wanted to take my Nikon d5100, so enter the Co-Pilot.
My Co-Pilot became the perfect companion as my dslr bag and purse. In the main compartment I kept my camera stored in a padded insert, a small organizer containing spare memory cards, battery, and charger. I still had room for a few granola bars, and my iPad/iPhone charger. In one of the front pockets, I kept my iPhone and a small padded pouch with my Kilpsch headphones. The other pocket contained a small crossbody purse/wallet, pens, and lipgloss. I still had room to store a CamelBak water bottle in the middle front pocket.
This arrangement turned out really well. I kept the Synapse on my back which I didnít really need until I got to the hotel, and had easy access to my camera stored in my Co-Piilot as I walked up and down the National Mall.
For the record, I took the Metro from Reagan to the Smithsonian and walked the mall past several of the Smithsonian museums, the U.S. Capitol, Library of Congress, U.S. Supreme Court and caught the Metro at Union Station. I then took the Metro back to the Smithsonian and walked in the opposite direction towards the Washington Monument, WW II Memorial, Korean Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, crossed the Potomac and entered the Metro again at Arlington Cemetery. It was a long day and my feet were tired, but it was so worth it. I cherish each of my visits to D.C. Each time I visit, I fall in love all over again with its beauty, its culture, its patriotism, and its history.