I recently started a new project that’s taking me off to Chicago. This has changed my flight schedule for sure and it has also changed how I pack for my trips. This is because I am now flying on a plane that can’t handle a rollaboard. I technically can bring one but my bag would be gate checked and that kind of sucks overall. I’ve decided to try and just fly with my laptop backpack and a duffel bag.
I’ve tried doing the duffel and back pack thing for a week now and everything *just* fits in the bag. I’ve had to change how I pack and reduce all the non-essentials to almost nothing. I’ve also had to start rolling my clothes instead of folding them which I’m told doesn’t wrinkle my clothes but I haven’t done this long enough to tell a difference. I will say that it is nice to be able to pack everything in a really small bag but being my second week doing this I am starting to miss my roller a bit.
My biggest complaint will probably be that I have to carry everything through the airport now. That’s not that big a deal but it does get heavy at times but at least I’m never sprinting for a connection. I don’t have as much room to pack extra stuff with me now either o I have to also carry things like my jacket as well instead of being to roll it like I normally do and sometimes I bring extra clothes or bring things home and the extra room was always awesome. I guess the last complaint is that its just a little harder to go to the bathroom at the airport since I have to carry both bags with me. I guess no more sodas or Jamba Juice will be in my future when leaving Chicago.
Overall it’s not too bad just carrying everything. I’ve been looking at a bag from Tom Bihn that would be sweet but I would need to find a way to get rid of my work back pack which I’m not yet prepared to do yet. If they change the plane to something bigger than a regional jet then ill definitely go back to the rollaboard. Until then I’ll see how long I can stand using just a duffel and back pack. I just don’t like gate checking my bag and having to wait for it to come out of the cargo hold until I can just go to work or home. Here’s to another week of flying!