Change of Luggage

 Over time I’ve developed some travel habits that have unburdened myself from excessive luggage. I have worked hard to collapse the clothes to items I’ll wear multiple time for each trip. I have also collapsed space by favoring lightweight synthetic fabrics over cotton, denims, and flece.

Because of this I can generally travel for three plus weeks out of a eBags EXO 2.0 Hardside Spinner Int’l Carry-on Mobile Office.  The international carry-on is a couple inches smaller than the domestic carry-on.  Coupled with a typical ruck sack or my Timbuk2 Finder Messenger extra-small this works well, with the proper garments, as ultra nimble luggage. 

For the upcoming 2015 trip to Poland I am accompanying students and they are checking bags. This insists that I accompany them to long waits at the check-in counter and the luggage pick-up carrousel upon arrival. Consequently, I’ve decided to take a larger eBags EXO Hardside 24 Spinner as a replacement for my eBags EXO 2.0 Hardside Spinner Int’l Carry-on Mobile Office

This adds a little extra space. I’ll use that space to pack an extra pair of shoes (dress) and a jacket (casual). It also allows me to take a pocket knife. Jackets and shoes are bulky and having a insulated jacket instead of just a lightweight rain shell to go over my sport jacket will be nice for weekends if it is rainy and cool. It was real cool last year. 

Since I’m checking I will replace My Timbuk2 Finder Messenger with my eBags TLS Mother Lode Weekender Convertible Junior or my book bag backpack, and when stuffed with the assorted electronics and power cords in addition to my spare socks, sleep mask, neck pillow, and noise canceling headphones it will still fit under the aircrafts seat. 

While the larger bags are a bit more clumsy carting up and down stairs –fewer lifts in Europe– it will not be appreciably more weight.

About Donald McGahan

Donald G. McGahan is an Assistant Professor of Soil Science at Tarleton State Univeristy (A member of the Texas A&M System) in Texas USA. His professional site can be viewed at
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