Finally, as promised, the story of how I packed for a 10 day trip through 4 European countries in one amazing carry-on bag!
I’ve traveled with E. a number of times over the past few years and have always been jealous of her Tom Bihn Aeronaut. Then I saw her packing post last year and I got a bit more jealous – not only did she have the prefect bag for carrying onto three forms of transportation on our NY research trips, but this amazing bag seemed to fit more than any carry-on bag I’ve ever seen.
So, I can not express how excited I was to receive my very own Aueronaut from Tom Bihn just in tome to pack it full for my trip to Europe. A2 borrowed E’s husband N’s Aeronaut so we could both carry our bags onto 7 flight, 1 train ride, one long bus ride, and a few car and metro rides.
We both used the backpack straps on the Aeronaut as modeled by A2 above for almost the entire trip. We found this the most comfortable and convenient way to carry the bag, especially when we had to sprint from one terminal to another or walk from the Dart to our seaside hotel in Ireland! However, it was very helpful to be able to carry the bag like a regular suitcase to get through narrow plane aisles and I frequently used the flat almost unnoticeable handles on either end to pull the bag out of overhead storage or car trunks.
But, the best part about this bag, is how much fits in it! E’s recent weekend trip to a warm climate has nothing on our 10 days in four cold and rainy countries!
The Packing List:
- Skinny Jeans – Banana Republic
- Skinny Cords – Banana Republic
- Short-sleeved long cardigan – NY & Co.
- Black Sweater Vest – Banana Republic Outlet
- Argyle Cardigan – Banana Republic Outlet
- Thin Olive Sweater – H & M
- Black Henley – Gap
- Grey Tee – J Crew
- Teal Tank – BR Outlet
- Grey Ruffle-neck Tank – J Crew
- Maroon Sleeveless Top – Banana Republic
- Floral Blouse – Maurices
- Light Blue Long-sleeved Tee – J Crew Outlet
- Turquoise Scarf – NY China Town
- Blue Scarf – Old Navy
- Floral Scarf – Anthropologie
- Black Belt – NY & Co
- Brown Belt – NY & Co
- Grey Flats – BR Outlet
- Running Shoes, Running Pants, 2 Running Tops, Sports Bras
- Jewelry, Socks, Tights, Underwear
Yep, I fit all of that into one amazing carry on bag! For the plane, I wore my BR Outlet black jersey dress, a thick cotton wrap sweater from Gap, my Old Navy teal belt, my teal paisley pashmina, my BR wellies, and my coral tench.
In the small clear cube I put my underwear in one side and my socks and tights in the other side. It was way easier to find and access these everyday then whey they are just shoved in a side pocket.
In the main compartment, I layered my pants in the bottom and then fit my flats and toiletries in around the cubes. Finally, I placed my laptop on top. In one end section I packed my running shoes and most of my running clothes and in the other I fit my computer cord, straightener, and my liquids for easy access at security.
In addition to the packing cubes, Tom Bihn also sent us a selection of organizer pouches. I loved these almost as much as the packing cubes. I used the large cork one to hold boarding passes, maps, and other important documents and then slipped it into my purse. I used the small clear pouch to hold my jewelry, packed in top zipper poach of the Aeronaut. I used the mini cork pouch to carry my Pounds and Euros. I clipped the pouch to a ring on my purse so that I could easily find it among everything else in there.
If I haven’t convinced you yet, let me just share a quick travel story…. When we arrived in Dublin from the US, we had a short layover before we needed to catch our Ryan Air flight to Salzburg. Ryan Air only allows one personal item/carry on – not one carry on and one personal item and maybe one shopping bag like most airlines – so, I had to stuff my purse (my fairly large leather purse) into the Aeronaut. I didn’t think it could be possible seeing as I had filled what seemed like every inch of the bag, but some how I managed to rearrange a few things and shove it in there just in time to run to our boarding gate.
A2 and I can’t wait to travel again just so we can use this amazing bad again – I have a serious case of bag love! And, since we all at Academichic want as many of you as possible to experience the wonders of Tom Bihn, be sure to check back later this week for another Tom Bihn giveaway!
As for what I actually wore on my travels, I don’t have much to show you as it was rather cold, so in most pictures I appear to be wearing the same thing I wore during my visit with S.
My skinny jeans, wellies, and coral tench saw quite a bit of Europe and Europe saw quite a bit of them! In reality, I managed to come up with several different combination of the items I packed and never actually wore the exact same thing twice.