I love my rollaboard bag. I usually carry a 20″ Briggs & Riley for trips up to 5 or 6 days.
But I actually hate to have to use it. That’s because I hate to board 30 minutes before departure. I’d rather stay in the lounge working, and board last instead of first. But even if I’m flying first class I need to board early to avoid being shut out of overhead space.
And flying coach? Fugget About It…
I hate checking bags of course, both because of the risk that the bag doesn’t make it and because of the time suck on arrival waiting for the bag. Some airports are worse than others of course, the late night Washington Dulles hour-long wait for a bag is just soul-sucking.
So there’s little that makes me happier than a simple day trip, I have my laptop bag and that’s it. I glide through the airport. I leave the lounge less than 25 minutes before scheduled departure. I have a smaller footprint weaving through other passengers as I exit the terminal. (Airports are for moving, people, not for standing in the middle of the concourse to talk about what you want to go eat.)
But I also like simple overnights. If I think ahead, I can limit myself to my laptop bag, even on a business trip.
- I can fit a pair of pants, button-down shirt, undershirt, socks, and underwear in my laptop bag along with razor, toothbrush, and my freedom baggie.
- That goes along with my noise cancelling headset, laptop and phone power cord, MiFi, sunglasses (and laptop).
- I’ll plan ahead what I’m packing so that I can wear the same pair of shoes, and the same jacket if needed. That also means I can wear the same belt.
I have a good amount of room in my checkpoint flyer laptop bag (I still use it despite having precheck most of the time and not having to take out my laptop anyway, it’s still a great bag). And I don’t mind overstuffing it, it remains comfortable using Tom Bihn’s absolute shoulder strap.
Here’s the laptop bag, full for an overnight trip.
Careful packing and planning ahead for your wardrobe is something I will admit to doing.