July 23, 2021

Techonaut: Packing Cubes & Organizational Options

Techonaut: Packing Cubes & Organizational Options
The new Techonaut 30 and Techonaut 45 are very similar in how they pack to their forebears, the Aeronauts – but with one of the End Pockets being combined into the main compartment, the packing cube options open up a bit. And with the inclusion of the new external pockets, you’ll have more organizational options than ever before!
Of course, adding additional organizational items to the Techonauts is completely optional: the design has five compartments and pockets, as well as included tie-down straps that one can use instead of packing cubes. This post is for those of you who want to add additional organization and thus would ask us about your options.

For the Main Compartment of each bag, you’ll be able to use our Aeronaut 30 or Aeronaut 45 Packing Cubes in the following combinations (cubes match the size of bag; e.g. A30 cubes for the T30). 

A quick note: the Aeronaut 45 Large Cubes (regular and laundry) are out of stock at the moment, but check out the details lower down about the Tri-Star Packing Cubes and Western Flyer Packing Cubes for some great alternatives.
  • Aeronaut Small Cubes (regular or laundry) – 5
  • Aeronaut Large Cubes (regular or laundry) – 2 (or 2 Large plus one Small, or one Large plus 3 Smalls)
  • Aeronaut End Pocket Cubes – 5 (you can sub them in for Smalls with the Large cubes, too)
And of course you’ll be able to use one of the End Pocket Cubes or a Small Cube in the End Pocket.
 
We also make Packing Cubes for some of our other bags, too! Here’s how those will fit in the Main Compartments and End Pockets of the Techonauts:
 
Techonaut 30:
  • Western Flyer Small Cubes – 4
  • Western Flyer Large Cubes – 2 (or 1 Large and 2 Smalls)
  • Tri-Star Small Cubes – 4
  • Tri-Star Medium Cubes – 2
  • Tri-Star Large Cubes – 2 (you’ll have to unzip the divider inside the main compartment and use the space in the End Pocket if you want to use these big guys!)
  • You can fit a Western Flyer or Tri-Star Small Cube in the T30’s End Pocket, as long as they’re a bit underfilled.
Technonaut 45:
  • Western Flyer Small Cubes – 5
  • Western Flyer Large Cubes – 2 (or 2 Large and 1 WF Small)
  • Tri-Star Small Cubes – 6
  • Tri-Star Medium Cubes – 3 (plus extra room for 1 T-S Small)
  • Tri-Star Large Cubes – 3 (you might need to open up the divider if they’re stuffed)
  • The T45’s End Pocket can handle one of either the Western Flyer or Tri-Star Small Cubes, just like the T30, but you won’t need to underfill them.
That was just the tip of the iceberg (bag-berg?); now for the best part – Accessories!

I gathered all the little (and not so little) accessories and organizers that folks like to outfit their bags with, and made a giant spreadsheet cross-referencing which items fit in each of the T30 and T45’s pockets (both new and inherited from the Aeronauts). Now, I know some of you out there looooove a good spreadsheet, but it might not be helpful for everyone. So I’ve condensed it a bit and I’ll go over each pocket and talk about some examples of what might work in it. This info is specific to the T30, but assume the pockets of the T45 are just a bit bigger and can hold slightly bigger stuff.
  • The End Pocket – This one is pretty much the same as on the Aeronaut, so any accessories that fit there will work here. If you aren’t familiar with that pocket’s dimensions, some excellent ways to fill it might be a Large Snake Charmer or Size 2 Handy Little Thing for cable wrangling; a Spiff Kit (Standard or Deluxe) for easy access to your toiletries; or a Packing Cube Shoulder Bag or Side Effect for a quick way to take along an even smaller version of your stuff when you leave the hotel.
  • Left Side Pocket – This one is the deepest of the new pockets, and can hold a decent sized water bottle. If you don’t carry a bottle in there, however, it’ll also hold smaller Organizer Pouches, Ghost Whales, Q-Kits, or a Size 1 or 2 Travel Stuff Sack.
  • Right Side Pocket – a much more shallow pocket (depth-wise, not personality-wise) than the Left Side Pocket, this one is perfect for your phablet or Nik’s Minimalist Wallet (or both!), not to mention a Size 1 Travel Stuff Sack, more smaller-size Organizer Pouches and Ghost Whales, and Q-Kits.
  • Hatch Pocket – Found under the lid, and similar to the Hatch Pocket on the Aeronauts, this pocket is big enough for some of our larger accessory bags, such as either size of Handy Little Thing, Snake Charmer or Spiff Kit; an Everyday Cubelet; or even a Small Cafe Bag Freudian Slip.

5 comments

Shep Bostin - July 26, 2021

I use the Travel Laundry Stuff Sack in the “bottom” end pocket of my Hero’s Journey or Aeronaut 45; depending on how full it is, I can usually stuff a few small items around it as well. This useful little sack also provides some nice extra padding at the bottom of the bag for when I need to set it down.

Laura - July 26, 2021

I’ve got a second to wish for more colours. It’s just been blue and grey for years

Ian D - July 23, 2021

I hope there are more A45 packing cubes in multiple colors on the horizon. I’ve been waiting years!

BethC - July 23, 2021

And great job with this post! I loved it — did not even know the pocket under the lid was called a ‘hatch pocket’.

BethC - July 23, 2021

The Packing Cube Shoulder Bag is actually my go-to for the end pocket in my Aeronaut 30, and it seems to me that many people use them in the main compartment as well.

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