Mid-fall, I'm going on an 11-day trip to Canada. Flying from Birmingham, AL to Toronto (with a plane change in Atlanta). A day and a half in Toronto, and then I board The Canadian for a 4-night, 3 1/2 day trip across Canada to Vancouver. Will meet a friend in Vancouver and be there for 5 1/2 days, then fly back to Birmingham (change planes in Denver).
I really would like to do this trip with no more than my beautiful red Aeronaut 45 and my MCB for the personal item. Have ordered an Aeronaut 30 and would be even more delighted if I could make it my carry-on. I usually use a wheeled carry-on bag, but even my lightest one is hard for me to lift over my head and I don't like to ask for help getting something stowed!! The Aeronaut is easier for me to lift. I'm early 70s, used to traveling internationally and by myself, and am still in good enough physical condition that I don't have a problem wearing a bag on my back for an hour or so at a time. On the train I will have a "cabin for one", sometimes known as a "roomette" -- small but it does have a high shelf where a bag can be stowed.
I have culled my packing list several times already (yeah, I know it's early but when I'm not actually traveling I pack or think about packing!). Have the packed weight down to 16.5lbs. in the Aeronaut 45 -- almost exactly 10% of my body weight. Most of what I'm taking I've travelled with before and know it works well, is comfortable, will dry overnight, etc. etc. But if it would be helpful I can post my packing list.
Would especially love to hear any feedback, suggestions, experiences you have had riding the train in Canada and recommendations about Vancouver, since I'll have several days there. Also, thoughts about whether I might get what's currently in the A45 into the A30 (A45 is not stuffed), for those of you who have both Aeronauts?