So, I was thinking............
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I'm rethinking my luggage/travel strategy now that I'm learning about The Tom Bihn stuff. I've got a trip coming up in August. It will be our return as guest instructors at one of the most interesting and fabulous places I've visited, Rancho La Puerta. It's ranked as one of the top health/fitness resorts in the world. My wife and I were guest instructors there last year teaching a class on Egoscue and postural therapy, and we were blessed to be invited back to do it again. Side note: if you're looking for a VERY cool place to visit and decompress, I cannot recommend "the ranch" highly enough.
I was thinking I'd take my Brain Bag and then a carry on, but then realized I also need to take my tennis bag (which will hopefully be able to be carried on (flying Southwest), so now I'm looking at whether I can use the Tri-Star instead of the Brain Bag. I've actually got two choices here, take the tennis bag and the Brain Bag, or take the tennis bag and the Tri-Star. The Brain Bag actually has a slightly larger capacity than the Tri-Star, but I'm not sure it's the best tool for this task. I'd like opinions on that, too.
It's a 7-night trip. You fly into San Diego and then a luxury coach takes you to the resort about 90 minutes away, just across the Mexican border. I need the normal 'stuff' for a 7 night stay, but then, I need to have at least a small backpack of some kind so that when I walk from our suite to the room where we do the class, I can take my 15" Macbook Pro with me along with a notepad, couple of pens, and a bottle of water. I don't need to haul a bunch of stuff around, but I do need a bit and because the ranch is intentionally spread out to encourage walking, I want the stuff on my back, not over a shoulder or carried in my hand.
So, if I go with the TriStar, how do I carry the laptop once I'm there? Could I get the packing cube backpack and then fit a sized 4Z horizontal brain cell in there? That would be perfect. If not, would a 4Z cache fit? If so, would it be acceptable to use the 4Z cache in the tri star for the laptop instead of the brain cell? Don't want to haul both around.
I can actually fit a decent amount of stuff into my tennis bag, but I don't want to overpack it, I want it to appear as slim as possible so they let me carry it on. From reading tennis message boards, that seems to be a crapshoot. Some do, some don't, and it varies even on the same carrier.
So I guess I have a couple basic concerns, in summary:
1. If I use the Brain Bag instead of the Tri-Star, would that be suitable for this purpose? Given the vertical orientation of the Brain Bag, I'm thinking the Tri-Star would be more appropriate for packing this kind of stuff for this length of trip.
2. If I use the Tri-Star, how do I haul around my laptop on my back once I get to my destination?
I appreciate any suggestions, thanks!