Unlearning how to pack for business travel (Tri-Star to Aeronaut)
I've owned a Tri-Star for the last year, and it's worked fantastically well for 4 day / 3 night business trips within the US. I used the Tri-Star for travel 43 weeks last year. This year, I'll be travelling internationally and to colder climates on a more regular basis. The trips will be longer, and the weight of clothing heavier than in 2010. In anticipation, I ordered an Aeronaut, and I should take delivery tomorrow.
Before the Tri-Star I used a Patagonia MLC, circa 2005 model. The rectangular(-ish) shape let me use Eagle Creek Pack-It folders to organize the contents. The MLC was too much of an amorphous blob, and I had to carry my laptop separately. I found the transition to the Tri-Star relatively easy, given the rectangular shape of the large packing cubes. I have rarely needed to iron any dress shirts or pants packed into the Tri-Star upon arrival at my hotel.
With the Aeronaut I have unlearn the whole process. The main section appears to be square - or at least the large packing cubes are. I've seen comments about rolling clothes, but that seems like a recipe for hours of ironing when dealing with cotton shirts, wool pants, and the like. Make no mistake: I detest ironing.
I would really appreciate hearing from folks who use the Aeronaut for business travel - how do you pack the bag most efficiently while minimizing wrinkles and creases? I'm really comfortable with packing cubes, and so they'll probably be my mainstay going forwards. So how do I use them to best effect?
Thanks in advance.