I signed up for the forum after lurking for a week or so around here and on OWOB, Flyer Talk, and Practical Hacks.
After some reason fiascoes with checked baggage traveling for my family and myself, I've decided that I want to move to a more minimal approach. I like the one bag idea quite a bit, especially when no wheels are involved.
Part 1_________________________________________________ __________
My girlfriend and I are headed to Kauai for a week in early September. I figure this is a great time to give this one bag thing a shot, as our packing will be light. Fun in the sun and all that stuff. My goal is to get a bag for this trip, for both of us to fit into. We've talked about taking 2 pairs of shorts each, 3 tshirts each, 2 bathing suits each, 4-5 underwear each, 3 socks each, 1 flipflops each, 1 shoes each, 1 lightweight raincoat each (mountain hardware). We will travel in jeans, shoes, and probably our light jackets. I also plan on looking into taking something to wash the tshirts/undergarments in the sink. Also we will take 13" macbook w/ small WD external, mac charger, phone chargers, and point/shoot canon.
My ideal plan is to do this with a Tristar. Primarily because we plan on hitting Europe next year, New Zealand/Korea the year after, and on and on. I don't want to have something that will work here but might have to be checked subsequently over seas.
I was going to originally take my Chrome Citizen as our walk around bag (worked beautifully in Chicago for a week), but after reading about the Packing Cube Backpack, I figure I can load that up stash it in the Tristar and when we arrive empty it, and use it as our day bag for wallet, jackets, water bottle and camera (I'm the king of run-on sentences). These reviews kind of sold me:
I figure I can fit most of our tshirts, shorts, swim suits in the Backpack Cube in the compartment closest to the backpack straps. Laptop, camera, external drive, other tech in the middle compartment, and flip flops sacked int he 1/3 divider, and socks undies in the 2/3 compartment. If we pick up souvenirs and need more room, we can always carry on the Backpack Cube with that stuff. I'm still working out the minimal 311 dopkit situation.
Does this seem feasible? I figure my girlfriend will most likely carry on some kind of tote or backpack on the plane that would cover over flow.
Part 2_________________________________________________ _________
Occasionally I travel for work for 2-3 days, and usually need a suit. Most recent trip suit requirement forced me take this enormous duffle with wheels I have. Checking was a nightmare, almost missed the flight, when everything else would have fit on a carry on. My brother's similarly checked bag ended up showing up two days later (separate flights).
With the Tristar, following Till's suit jacket folding video (http://onebagger.squarespace.com/blo...from-till.html) do you think I could pack 1 suit jacket and trousers in this bag, or does this force me into the Astronaut? I've got a pretty small frame, 38R jacket 30W trousers, and I pack pretty light on business with an EC folder for a few shirts. I typically get around with jeans and tshirt for multiple evenings, travel in a casual jacket or blazer and usually get by with one pair of shoes (but maybe squeeze extra sneakers in Tristar).
Final Questions/Thoughts__________________________________________ __
My girlfriend and I are both wear pretty small clothes, so I think we can rock the Tristar in Kauai. For the future overseas ventures I mentioned, I will ideally get her a Tristar as well, but that isn't an immediate concern. Oh, I read people use cinch bags for dirty clothes. The Tristar will eliminate the nylon duffel I usually carry for that purpose. I might be overlooking them, but I only see TB cinch bags with holes in the bottom, for yarn I believe.
Thanks for reading this rather long post, but I've been antsy the past 1.5 days waiting for the moderators to give me the go ahead to post, thus giving me time to get my thoughts in line.