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    Forum Member mrbrown's Avatar
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    Isaac and Papa Go to Japan

    I took a journey with my son, age 12. It was our first Father-Son trip together. We carried our Tom Bihn bags and spent 9 days together in Japan.

    Part 1: Day 1–2, Tokyo

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    mrbrown.com: Isaac and Papa go to Japan: Day 1–2

    Full photo essay (warning: very image heavy) on Exposure.co
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    Thank you for sharing - I loved the blog and I am looking forward to seeing the rest of the trip!

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    Isaac and Papa Go to Japan

    Part 2: Day 3–4, Kyoto

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    Part 2 of my journey with my son:
    mrbrown.com: Isaac and Papa go to Japan: Day 3-4

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    Last edited by mrbrown; 10-27-2015 at 09:48 PM.
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    So fun to travel with a kid (one kid ;-). Great trip!

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    Mr. Brown...I'm enjoying all your photos and commentary on Exposure.co. How amazing to run into someone who follows you on Instagram! Looks like you and Isaac are making wonderful memories!

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    Inspiring me to pack light on my upcoming trip to England!

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    @mrbrown, how does Isaac like traveling with the Bihn bags? And traveling light in general? Was it easy for him to travel with the Western Flyer and Side Effect? What was the longest distance he had to walk with it? Who transported the Daylight Backpack?

    Thanks again for your travel posts and pictures. They are always fun to read and the pictures are very beautiful.

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    On the bus ride back to our area, I got up the middle of bus 207 and a friendly couple greeted me. “Hi, mrbrown! We follow you on Instagram, we love your photos of Japan.”
    Wow, that's great! And small world indeed. I'm amazed they recognized you!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pokilani View Post
    @mrbrown, how does Isaac like traveling with the Bihn bags? And traveling light in general? Was it easy for him to travel with the Western Flyer and Side Effect? What was the longest distance he had to walk with it? Who transported the Daylight Backpack?

    Thanks again for your travel posts and pictures. They are always fun to read and the pictures are very beautiful.
    Thank you!

    The son loves our bags. We've traveled as a family with Tom Bihn bags in the past so he's familiar with the routine, though this is the first time he had a Western Flyer all to himself.

    He usually gets assigned a Synapse 19 but I felt this time, he needed more space.

    I did try to test pack an S19 for him but decided he needed some leeway. Good thing too, because his boots that didn't fit went right into the under-packed WF.

    Before the trip, he didn't tell me he had outgrown the boots and they were a little tight. We ended up buying a new pair of sneakers for him in Tokyo on the second day.

    He totally gets the concept of light traveling and not carrying too much. We were doing the laundry often and he knows how to pack with cubes already because I taught him this method for his scout camps.

    We walked a lot with those bags. For instance, the distance between Hiroshima station and our hostel was about 20-25 minutes walk. And from the Narita airport we lugged our bags through the train system and to our airbnb.

    His WF was less than 5kg (or 11lbs), and my A30 was less than 8kg (or 18lbs). My Co-Pilot was around 3.5kg (7.7lbs). His WF would have been even lighter if it wasn't for those darned Timberland boots he had to carry.

    His Side Effect was actually from my A30. I used it as a packing cube for my beanie, gloves and scarf. I took it out for him to use because I realized he needed something for his wallet and phone and Suica transit card.

    We both had Daylight Backpacks folded and hidden in the backpack straps of our WF and A30. I had a Burnt Orange one and he had the French Blue one.

    Every time we moved between cities, the DLBPs were stowed in the strap compartments.

    When we were sightseeing, he would take out his DLBP and plonk his Side Effect inside the DLBP, together with his jacket and my jacket, and leave the WF in the hotel room. Sometimes we had water or sandwiches in his DLBP too.

    I never needed to use my DLBP but it was in case the shopping got out of hand.

    I am going to take a folded-up DLBP along in my main bag from now on. It's too useful. And that staggered pocket design makes things so much easier to pack as it spreads the weight across the vertical of the bag so the DLBP doesn't become bottom heavy.

    On my Singapore Airlines flight, I had a free 50kg luggage allowance and he had a 30kg allowance. We never needed to use it.

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    Isaac and Papa Go to Japan

    Part 3: Day 5, Hiroshima.

    Blog post: mrbrown.com: Isaac and Papa go to Japan: Day 5, Hiroshima

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    Wow! Thanks for such a detailed reply, @mrbrown. It's so great that Isaac is learning how to stay organized and the delight of light travel.


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    Quote Originally Posted by ladyinblack1964 View Post
    Inspiring me to pack light on my upcoming trip to England!
    Yes, do eeeet.

    A good idea indeed. The London Tube is not wheeled luggage friendly. We've dragged suitcases through the Paris and London subways before, and it's no fun. Those stairs!
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    Really enjoying your posts, @mrbrown. Your Hiroshima post reminds me of my trip there 10 years ago. Such a heartbreaking and also inspiring place.

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    Part 4: Day 6, Hiroshima.

    Blog post: mrbrown.com: Isaac and Papa go to Japan: Day 6, Miyajima Island

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    Isaac and Papa Go to Japan

    Part 5: Day 7, Osaka.

    Blog post: mrbrown.com: Isaac and Papa go to Japan: Day 8, Osaka

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