Traveling with Aeronaut and Synapse 25
I have owned my Aeronaut for a number of years, and in the past, I have traveled with it overseas on 2-3 week trips a few times already without checking luggage. Love this bag. I also own a Checkpoint Flyer, which I use for work, and short business trips.
On those longer vacations, I have used the Aeronaut/CF combo, but always felt like they were not a perfect match for me, for the following reasons:
a) I love carrying the Aeronaut as a backpack, especially in the airport on those international connections where I often have to walk a long distance with no luggage cart in side. The sternum strap/belt strap help divide the weight nicely and make it easy to carry the Aeronaut. But then, that's where it's harder to fit the Checkpoint Flyer in the equation. Whether I carry it with the shoulder strap or by the handles, it throws things out of balance.
b) Ever since I got a larger/nicer camera with a longer lense, I need to pack that too, and my CF just looks like I tried to pack a basketball into a pizza box. In other words, the CF works well for me with rectangular items (laptop, books, paperwork, all the stuff I can fit in the Slip), but for leisure trips, I wanted to find a different alternative. I've tried to pack the camera in the aeronaut, but I just feel like I'm losing precious space that could be used for items that are more malleable.
I just got a Synapse 25, which will definitely allow me to pack a laptop while addressing my second point above. In other words, my camera won't make it look pregnant and will fit nicely in there, along with the other things I want to bring for a vacation.
However, I'm still wondering if there is a good way to carry both the Aeronaut and the Synapse together on longer distances, knowing that I like to carry the Aeronaut on my back, and the Synapse is... a backpack. I wonder if anyone has found a way to carry both bags together efficiently and somewhat ergonomically. I see a couple of straps on my Aeronaut, and there's a spare short strap on my Synapse... The Synapse also has its own belt strap, but I'm not sure if I should try strapping the Synapse on my Aeronaut and carry them together. I could try to create some sort of Frankenbag, but I'm not sure if that would work. Anyone here ever tried this? Any input would be appreciated.