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Darcy
07-23-2009, 01:37 PM
In this thread, post a list or pictures of What You Carry in your Tri-Star (http://www.tombihn.com/page/001/PROD/500/TB0940) carry-on travel bag. We will add your packing list to the Tri-Star page to help give other people a better idea of what the bag can hold.

eastercat
07-27-2009, 02:24 AM
From my recent recent trip to Europe, a photo list (http://www.flickr.com/photos/eastercat/sets/72157620430081892/) of what I brought.

falconea
10-15-2009, 03:02 PM
A silly thing to pack... I needed to transport a ream of A3 size paper (297 × 420 mm; 11.7" × 16.5"). For testing purposes, I loaded in three reams.

They fit in perfectly, packed in their ream wrappers and also in the lids of the boxes (for a bit of support), with room to spare.

Of course, it isn't light!

I'll be carrying my one ream plus all my other junk (a Synapse-full) home tonight for a 1 mile walk and it will be fine.

Audrey

lhw
03-10-2010, 04:46 PM
I spent a week in Rome and three days in London in February. I packed the following into my Tri-Star with room to spare:
❏ underwear - 4 pairs; bra - 1
❏ socks - 3 pairs; tights - 2 pairs
❏ thermal undershirt
❏ pajamas - 1pair
❏ pants - 1 pair
❏ skirt - 1
❏ belt - 1
❏ walking shoes
❏ 4 shirts
❏ 1 cardigan
❏ 4 silk scarves
❏ feminine napkins, tampons, panty liners (in ziplock)
❏ toiletry bag: - toothbrush, floss
- solid make up, makeup brushes, tweezers, make up remover wipes
- razor
- emery board, polish remover pads
- extra contact lenses
- first aid: bandaids, moleskin, advil, antihistamines, cold meds, antacids, sewing kit
❏ netbook and power cord, memory stick
❏ camera battery recharger, iPhone recharger & cord, UK/Italy adapters, UK phone recharger
❏ tickets, receipts, maps, printed info
❏ copies of passports
❏ extra kleenex packets
❏ rolled up medium sized duffle bag
❏ plastic bag for liquids: - contact lens solutions
- toothpaste
- hand and body lotions, facial creams
- fragrances
- lipstick, lipbalm
- nail polish
- mascara, eye liner
- hair conditioner
- Tide stain stick
- nasal spray, antibiotic cream
and a bottle of water after going through security.

Otherwise my only carry on was my medium size purse which held:
❏ passport
❏ etickets/boarding passes
❏ camera (fully charged battery, empty memory card)
❏ iPhone/UK phone
❏ journal & pen
❏ reading material (novel, guide book)
❏ wallet w/$, €, £ and ATM, credit cards; coin purses; Oyster card; phone top up card
❏ sunglasses
❏ small toiletry bag:
- glasses, glasses case, lens case
- prescription drugs, sleeping pills, gravol
- small pack of wet-wipes/small pack of kleenex
- earbuds for iPhone
- reading glasses
❏ earplugs, eye mask

I'm looking forward to seeing how the Tri-Star does for a 8 day trip in April for which I want to take running and cycling clothes as well.

TeresTala
03-17-2010, 06:42 PM
My Tri-Star and I just returned from our first trip together. The flights to and from Atlanta were completely full. On the way to ATL, if I hadn't been able to slip the Tri-Star under my seat, I would have had to check the bag. On the way back the Tri-Star made another person happy by sitting upright rather than sideways in the bin, thus allowing the guy to get his bag stowed.

I'd call this trip halfway-in-between packing. I could have done with less, but I didn't. :D


2 pr jeans
2 short-sleeved tee-shirts
1 three-quarter sleeve tee
2 bras
5 pr underwear
4 pr socks
oversized tee (pajamas)
knit pants (pajamas)
Birkies
Lightweight fleece hoodie
Waterproof shell
3D Clear Organizer Bag - 3/1/1 kit w/ shampoo, lotion, meds, lavender oil
Glucometer
Travel kit - toothpowder, toothbrush, comb, razor, etc.
Extra book
Magazine
.6 liter Sigg bottle


One each of a small, medium & large packing cube really made organization easy.

My 'personal item' was a very small backpack with snacks, wallet, book, knitting, and all the rest of the little bits and pieces that make travel more enjoyable.

paullowry
10-21-2010, 03:57 PM
This is my packing list for a few weeks in autumn/spring in a temperate climate washing only every 8 days or so. Mostly tramping around and sightseeing but being presentable enough to walk into pretty much anywhere and able to dress up for a fancy evening as needed.

A couple of introductory notes first though.

I try and travel with just carry on and because I am usually starting in Australia, I am usually subject to a fairly tight “one bag, 7kg” limit both domestically and internationally which tends to be fairly strictly enforced. I’m also allowed a personal item. This means that I use the Tristar as my carry on bag packed exactly to 7kg and a Medium Café bag as my personal item (and also as a day bag at my destination) usually with about 1.5 kg in it.

Except when I am likely to be inspected or weighed, I tuck the Café bag into the centre compartment of the Tristar and only need to worry about one bag (I also often take the Café bag out on the plane so my personal items are handy).

You can actually pack much more than this list into the Tristar (lots!). It has a huge capacity but as per the above, I am limited by weight rather than size or volume so I pack the lightest things I can find and have stripped out bits and pieces of the bag (straps, clips for brain cell etc.) which gets it down to 1420 grams vs the as shipped 1550 grams (I can always clip these back in if I need them).

I’m sure all this would fit in a Western Flyer without much trouble and that is lighter again but the extra flexibility of the being able to tuck the café bag away and have only one bag most of the time works well for me.

Tristar

Rear Compartment (bundle wrapped in a large packing cube)

1 x pair dress chinos
1 x windcheater (used as the bundle core)
1 x warm long sleeve shirt
1 x dress long sleeve shirt
1 x silk polo shirt (not really silk but very light, thin and elegant)
1 x t-shirt
4 x underwear

Middle Compartment

4 x pairs socks (laid across the bottom)
1 x iphone charger and cable w/ necessary plugs

Front Compartment Larger Side (bundle wrapped in a medium packing cube)

2 x lightweight polo shirts
3 x t-shirts
5 x socks
5 x underwear

Front Compartment Smaller Side (in a small packing cube)

1 x pair dress shoes

Top Zipper

Empty for paperwork

Middle Zipper

Liquids pack (deodorant, toothpaste, shaving crème etc.)

Bottom Zipper

Empty for items from pockets (keys etc)


Medium Café Bag

camera
money pouch, cash, spare card
medicines, contacts, hairbrush etc.
glasses and case
sunglasses and case
mini travel torch
collapsible umbrella
passports, tickets etc
book


Wear

Lightweight cotton pants/jeans
t-shirt
underwear
socks
walking shoes
sports coat
wallet/keys/phone


A couple more notes.

I know that the packing cubes of course add back weight but in my view are so convenient a packing solution that it is worth doing.

The walking shoes are Rockport World Tour and are good to walk in all day but don’t look particularly like walking shoes i.e. wear them almost anywhere. The dress shoes are Rockport Dressports that just look like normal business shoes (i.e. definitely wont attract a second glance anywhere) but are lightweight (700g) and comfortable enough to walk a long way in. I’m sure there are plenty of equivalents but these are the ones that I have found.

jeffmac
03-06-2011, 02:13 PM
OK, this is a first attempt so I am up for suggestions but this is what I put in my Tristar for an 8 day business trip to Europe. Leave on a Wednesday, opportunity for laundry on Sunday and head home on Thursday. 8 days, 5 planes, 2 trains and 4 hotels!

Packed: With jeans, shoes a long sleeve tee and a ScottEVest to travel in:

http://forums.tombihn.com/images/attach/jpg.gif

Unpacked:

http://forums.tombihn.com/images/attach/jpg.gif

Zippered Pockets:
Curved:
Computer PS
Euro AC Widget

Deep Pocket:
Notepad

Midpocket:
Iphone
In ear buds
Video Output widget

Short Pocket:
Passport
311 toiletries

Divided Compartment:
Rockports with socks inside
Dickies shirt
Button down shirt (there is still some room in this compartment and I am pretty sure I want to get another medium packing cube for this side)

Center Compartment:
MB Air 13" in Sleeve
Side Effect with other toiletries
Meshbag with phone chargers, cables and USB drive/mini hub
Monster power Strip

Undivided compartment:
2 prs khakis in compression straps
Small packing cube with 4 pr dress socks, 5 pr underwear and gym shorts
Medium packing cube with 3 t shirts rolled, 2 golf shirts rolled, and one short sleeve folded on top

Frank II
03-07-2011, 04:41 PM
Jeffmac, your packing list looks fine except for one thing....

Nothing of value in those front pockets. If you can't easily replace it, don't put it there.
Sadly, anything in any of the front pockets is easy pickings to a pickpocket. And European train stations and trains are full of them.

(It is the one thing I don't like about the Tri-star. The front pockets cannot be locked. I only use them for 3-1-1 bag, magazine, or anything I really don't care about losing.)


Anything of value, such as your passport, iphone, chargers, etc, should be in one of the main compartments and preferably in a pouch or cube attached to an O ring. And better yet, your passport should be in a moneybelt on the days you don't need it. (Remember, once you enter Schengen you won't need to show it when going to another Schengen country.)


Never leave your bag unattended on a train unless it is locked to the overhead and every compartment is also locked.

Now, people will tell you they've traveled and never had a problem (yet). I used to work in the tour industry and traveled with thousands of people. And yes, I've seen my fair share of pickpocket victims losing cameras, passports, you name it.

You may be lucky and not have a problem. But would you really want to risk one day of the short trip sitting in the U.S. consulate trying to get a replacement passport?

falconea
03-07-2011, 05:31 PM
But would you really want to risk one day of the short trip sitting in the U.S. consulate trying to get a replacement passport?

When travelling I always have my passport on my person. No exceptions.

When British Airways had that crash in London a few years ago passengers were evacuated, leaving hand luggage on board. Those who had their passports were processed and allowed to enter the country; those who didn't were held in immigration detention for several days until they were finally able to recover their hand luggage from the aircraft.

There are many other examples available, all with the same moral: your passport must be on your person at all times.

Similarly, on aircraft I always remain clothed, in safe fire-resistant clothing and sensible shoes. Who wants to risk nylon clothing melting on the escape slide, causing burns, and then having to run through fire on the ground in bare feet because you took your shoes off or were wearing high heels that you had to remove before using the slide? These injuries are predictable and avoidable.

(Rant mode off.)

Audrey

Frank II
03-07-2011, 05:47 PM
Audrey...that's why I said the best place for a passport is a moneybelt.

I tell people that with only a passport and a credit card you can always get home. If one of those two is missing, you're in trouble.

Oh, and I also suggest people take a photocopy of the "info" page of their passport. And keep it separate from your passport. It will make replacing it much easier should the worst occur.

jeffmac
03-07-2011, 05:52 PM
Thank you Frank and Falconea...excellent advice! I will rearrange some things.

Frank, how do you feel about something in a pouch attached to an O ring in the front zippered pockets? Are the pick pockets good enough to foil that?

Frank II
03-07-2011, 06:14 PM
Are they that good?......yes. These are pros who have trained to do this. They are expert.

I wouldn't do it.

When I travel, every compartment is locked with a zipper. If it's not, I'm not worried about losing what's in it.

Many will think I go overboard. That's fine. I've never had a problem even when I know there have been attempts.

Now, there is one way around this. Use a retractable lock to go through all the front zippers including the semi-circle one. That way no pocket can be opened easily--but it also doesn't make anything easily accessible to you.

The one positive--violent crime is virtually non-existent against tourists in Europe.

GaryS
03-08-2011, 07:44 AM
Use a retractable lock to go through all the front zippers including the semi-circle one. That way no pocket can be opened easily

This is a waste of time. Give me a ball point pen and five seconds and I can have any coil zipper open. The beauty of this is that afterward the zipper can be closed and it will not be damaged in any way.

Frank II
03-08-2011, 09:19 AM
GaryS....are you going to do that:

a) while I'm carrying the bag?
b) in front of a train load of people while the bag is locked to the overhead?

I don't think so.

And there's only one problem to what you describe....the zippers need to move to cover up the damage. The way I describe them locked, the zippers can't be moved.

You see, I know how to do the zipper trick and I've done it--for demonstration purposes only.

BTW...you can do the same with the zippers of the three main compartments. Line them up, put the cord through and then wind it around the top carry handle. Zippers can't move. If zippers can't move, you can't hide the damage.

GaryS
03-08-2011, 09:30 AM
GaryS....are you going to do that:

a) while I'm carrying the bag?
b) in front of a train load of people while the bag is locked to the overhead?

I don't think so.

And there's only one problem to what you describe....the zippers need to move to cover up the damage. The way I describe them locked, the zippers can't be moved.

You see, I know how to do the zipper trick and I've done it--for demonstration purposes only.

BTW...you can do the same with the zippers of the three main compartments. Line them up, put the cord through and then wind it around the top carry handle. Zippers can't move. If zippers can't move, you can't hide the damage.

But if your valuables are gone? My point is that coil zippers can be opened in seconds. Experienced thieves can do this in a crowd even while you are wear it! All locks and cables do is shout out to the world that there is something very valuable in your bag (whether there is or not).

I just fasten the zipper pulls together with the little wire ties bread bags are sealed with. AND- I never let my bag out of my sight.

Frank II
03-08-2011, 09:50 AM
You really think it's easier to stick a pen into a zipper, open it, and then try to close it when the pulls are locked than to open a twist tie?

Pickpockets are opportunists. They look for the easiest mark, the easiest bag to get into. If you make it difficult for them, they're going to move on the someone easier. They don't see bags as "challenges."

Sorry, but locks have proven to deter theft. It just takes too long in public to try to get into them. Twist ties will also deter but can be opened much faster than a locked case. Nothing is 100% fool proof.

How much experience do you have with this? I'm a certified travel goods specialist who has had training in luggage theft deterrence?

I've been to seminars given by former professional pickpockets and thieves. The one thing they stress is the harder it is to steal something from you, the less likely you'll be a victim of theft.

Does it guarantee that you will never be a victim...no. But by being observant and making it more difficult, the less likely your chances of being a victim. There are just too many unsecured bags around for thieves to choose from that they will tend to go towards those than ones who have added an extra obstacle.

But you can believe whatever you want.

GaryS
03-08-2011, 10:17 AM
You really think it's easier to stick a pen into a zipper, open it, and then try to close it when the pulls are locked than to open a twist tie?
Whether or not it is colsed back up I was trying to illustrate how easy it is to get into a cloth bag with coil zippers.


Pickpockets are opportunists. They look for the easiest mark, the easiest bag to get into. If you make it difficult for them, they're going to move on the someone easier. They don't see bags as "challenges."
What could be easier than a bag with coil zippers that can be opened with a ball point pen?


Sorry, but locks have proven to deter theft. It just takes too long in public to try to get into them.
But it just takes seconds to bypass them and go straight to the zipper.


Twist ties will also deter but can be opened much faster than a locked case.
I use the twist ties to keep the zipper sliders from separating when the bag is moved around.

Nothing is 100% fool proof.
On that we agree.


How much experience do you have with this? I'm a certified travel goods specialist who has had training in luggage theft deterrence?
I've been to seminars given by former professional pickpockets and thieves.
I'm happy for you.


But you can believe whatever you want.
True

Maria
03-08-2011, 10:23 AM
Couldn't help but comment on the advice given regarding theft. Frank II - excellent points. Nothing is guaranteed, but if your things are more trouble for the thieves compared to the next guy - well it's obvious which one they will go for.

As much as I like the Tri-Star, I'm not keen about easy access to the zippered compartments when it is in back-pack mode and out of your sight. Although I feel this way with most any back pack.

- always keep valuables on you and hopefully out of site
- passport and credit card will save the day when all else is lost
- copy of passport and credit card info / consulate numbers, emergency info can be scanned and sent to your own e-mail address.
- the less you carry, the faster you can move. Know your surrounding area, or at least look like you do.
- be discreet, no flashy designer labels. Camera bag that doesn't have the logo on the outside of the bag, nor on the strap around your neck etc.

I've been lucky, but that doesn't mean I haven't been a target. A friend had her expensive watch cut off of her wrist (while wearing a blouse and suit jacket!) while standing in a crowded elevator...the lift was too crowded and the thief couldn't bend down the pick it up off the floor! I wondered - how could you not feel such? But it can happen. If they are professionals - you won't know it until you search for the now missing item.

Cheers!

GaryS
03-08-2011, 12:41 PM
I thought I should add:

Please do not construe my remarks above as a condemnation of Tom Bihn bags. Coil zippers are ubiquitous in the luggage industry and have their advantages as well as disadvantages. I own a Tom Bihn Aeronaut that is, in my opinion, the finest designed carry on luggage available in the world today. I also realize that if anyone wants into it bad enough all they need is a ball point pen. I can live with that.:cool:

Just
03-08-2011, 03:21 PM
If someone wants your stuff bad enough, they can just take the whole bag in the 1/2 a second you're distracted, as well.

blackfungi
03-08-2011, 05:22 PM
cable ties.

Frank II
03-08-2011, 06:17 PM
cable ties.

Or as Tom Bihn calls them.....STRAPEEZ

Just
03-08-2011, 10:03 PM
You can't cable tie your bags to yourself all the time :)

Frank II
03-08-2011, 10:43 PM
What you could do is get a really, really big "O" ring and wear it around your waist. Then attach one end of a Tom Bihn key strap to that "O" ring and the other end to an "O" ring on the bag.

This way, you can do without the really large cable ties.

To be inconspicuous, I would suggest a darker color key strap. Something like Iberian Dyneema might stand out.

This could be a whole new video series for Maverick--"How to Securely Attach Various Tom Bihn Bags To Your Person."

;)

jjsouth
04-05-2011, 02:20 PM
Hey guys,

I thought I'd send you my packing list for my most recent trip with my Steel/Solar Tristar.

I travel to NC one weekend a month for work. I traveled a little bit lighter on the way out this time because I wanted to go to Trader Joe's to pick up some of my favorite, unavailable in Texas, items.

So here's my list:

Front Zippers:

- Crochet hook, small scissors, travel papers (receipts from trip/rental car paperwork)

Front Compartment:

- Small Tom Bihn packing cube with undies, socks, and one cotton shirt
- Recent crochet project (blanket that's about 3'x2.5' at this point... fairly dense stitching)
- Two 16oz bags of Trader Joe's Pecan Praline Granola
- Three small bottles of Mexican Vanilla beans (four beans in each bottle) (I got these from a friend, not at TJs)

Middle Compartment:

- Four 16 oz bags of Trader Joe's Pecan Praline Granola (we love this stuff)
- Two 12 oz bags of Trader Joe's Omega Trek Mix
- Two 8 oz bags of Trader Joe's Egg Pappardelle Pasta
- One 26 oz container of Trader Joe's Sea Salt
- Quart bag filled tight with my toiletries
- Medium Tom Bihn pouch with iPhone charger and Bluetooth headset charger

Back Compartment:

- Two lady's cotton tops
- One pair corduroy pants
- Two pair LL Bean Perfect Pants
- Eagle Creek Medium packing cube with a few papers and a DVD in it's case

I'm so impressed with this bag. It works well when packed light and when loaded to the brim. The backpack straps were much appreciated with this heavy load and did the job perfectly. And it had no problem whatsoever fitting easily into the overhead compartment.

I did, however, just order my husband an Aeronaut and I think I'll take it next month so I can fit even more Trader Joe's goodies! Looking forward to getting a feel for the Aeronaut!

Frank II
04-05-2011, 02:45 PM
I was at Trader Joe's this morning. I never thought of taking my Tri-Star to carry my groceries. Next time, I'll take it instead of my Trader Joe's Freezer Bag.

Now I have to figure out what goes in each compartment. Decisions, decisions.

adamki
05-28-2011, 01:56 PM
I'm in the middle of a 9 day trip and I remembered take some photos as I unpacked my Tri-Star at the hotel.

Here's the Tri-Star fully loaded:
http://images45.fotki.com/v148/photos/6/906786/9775258/TriStarPack1-vi.jpg

This is the front third packed:
http://images55.fotki.com/v268/photos/6/906786/9775258/TriStarPack2-vi.jpg

The front third contained:
- A small packing cube containing socks and underwear.
- 1 Pair lounge/PJ pants (packed behind the small cube)
- A 1 quart bag with toiletries
- Standard size Deodorant
- Electric Toothbrush (the gray plastic case)
- Hair Pomade
- Travel Shaving Brush (the black tube)
- The gray pouch (not Bihn) contains other dry toiletries, medications, q-tips, etc.
http://images9.fotki.com/v120/photos/6/906786/9775258/TriStarPack3-vi.jpg

The middle third of the Tri-Star holds my Packing Cube Backpack:
http://images9.fotki.com/v120/photos/6/906786/9775258/TriStarPack4-vi.jpg

The packing cube contains:
- Six casual collared shirts
- 5 Tee shirts
- A light/medium weight sweater
- A ScottEVest Q-zip pullover
- A pair of gym shorts
http://images9.fotki.com/v120/photos/6/906786/9775258/TriStarPack7-vi.jpg


The rear third of the tristar holds three pairs of pants and a couple of travel guides:
http://images9.fotki.com/v120/photos/6/906786/9775258/TriStarPack6-vi.jpg

Maria
05-28-2011, 08:22 PM
Wonderful photos Adam! (That Solar interior looks wonderful - I suspect that shall have to be in my next order!) I like how you show the packing cubes inside the bag, plus photos of what they hold. Well done!

Did you bring another "day bag" or small carry-on bag? Or is the packing cube back pack to be used for that purpose on this trip?

adamki
05-28-2011, 11:35 PM
Thanks, Maria. The Indigo/Solar combination is nice (I was sad to see it go).

I'm also traveling with my Super Ego which holds my MacBook and other electronics (maybe I'll do a packing list for that when I pack up to leave). I've been 100% successful carrying both bags on aircraft even though the Super Ego is slightly too large to count as a personal item. The flight on British Airways was so full that they had employees looking for oversize bags at the gate and at the end of the jetway, neither one even looked twice at the TriStart Super Ego combination.

This is a business trip, so I don't need a dedicated day bag. For my weekend sightseeing, I have a ScottEVest Fleece 5.0 which holds everything I need for the day (since the weather here is cool now). In the summer, I would use the Packing Cube Backpack if I needed it.

Maria
05-29-2011, 08:10 AM
Thanks for the update Adam. I consider myself a "one-bagger" but will also carry a hand bag with me. I've yet to fly with the super strict airlines such as Ryan Air, and frankly - hope I never have to. Still, it's nice to see how others can pack so well and be organized for that amount of time away from home.

Cheers!

lauragayle
10-02-2011, 08:19 AM
I took a 2 night trip to Dallas this weekend, and finally remembered to take photos of what I packed. Just fyi, I'm a tall, big woman, so my shoes and clothes are just.. big. They take up more room than clothes for someone who's tiny.

The set with notes is on Flickr (http://www.flickr.com/photos/lauragayle/sets/72157627800379828/).

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Sorry for the poor lighting -- hotel lighting. Basically clothes and shoes for 2 days, plus unmentionables, netbook, treats for a colleague, and my knitting. LOVE my TB Kit and TB 3D clear organizer for the 311 items.

For the return trip, I added these items (but gave away that box of treats!):
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I also carried my Ristretto, which had my iPad2, wireless keyboard (I didn't know if I could make this trip work with just my iPad2, and that's why I brought the netbook), mobile phone, iPod Touch, wireless hotspot modem, wallet, etc. etc.

Love the straps in the back clothing area of the TriStar -- compressing helps save space! While I use the shoulder strap (the TB Comfort one!), I often use the backpack straps too, which are just wonderful. People look at me in amazement when I whip them out, secure them and am off and running!

Maria
10-02-2011, 09:32 AM
I always appreciate seeing what people can pack into their bags! You are so organized too.

Now must go look up that issue of Interweave knits "Knit Wear" - really want to see the details of that sweater / shawl on the cover! (I don't know why I ever talked myself out of getting a subscription....probably because I am such a lousy knitter and yet long to be able to knit those more complicated pieces?)

lauragayle
10-02-2011, 10:23 AM
Maria, thanks for the comments! knit.wear has lots of photos for the more complicated bits (as in grafting that lovely wrap together). Emphasis seems to be on clothing with clean lines and solid but not complicated construction details. Definitely take a look!

Maria
10-02-2011, 10:32 AM
Thanks LauraGayle!! I have several issues going back over the years. It's my favourite of the knitting magazines actually. I need to sign up for classes. I can knit lace (my favourite to knit!) and cables, and decrease. But increase, size, or figuring out my place in the chart if I lost my count...well those are some of the necessities I haven't grasped yet. So a scarf, a small blanket...but no sweaters or socks for me. Someday!

- actually, I need an expert knitter to sit beside me while I go through every single knit and purl - in case I make a mistake and cannot figure out how I got there much less how to fix it. :)

In the meantime, I admire those that have such skills...and admire their packing skills with a TriStar too!

TavaPeak
10-02-2011, 12:26 PM
I took a 2 night trip to Dallas this weekend, and finally remembered to take photos of what I packed. Just fyi, I'm a tall, big woman, so my shoes and clothes are just.. big. They take up more room than clothes for someone who's tiny.

I'm a tall gal too with big feet - was relieved my shoes actually fit in the spot created for them. This summer I used a compression bag in the larger back divider for my clothes, which also worked great. I took the Absolute strap for the long-haul trip, but didn't use it a lot. It was easier to use the backpack straps. The bag was about 21 pounds, so next time I might leave that strap at home for a longer trip. I loved being able to find anything I needed without rummaging. Love the organization of the Tristar, even for tall girls.

jaon
10-02-2011, 02:59 PM
I need to sign up for classes. I can knit lace (my favourite to knit!) and cables, and decrease. But increase, size, or figuring out my place in the chart if I lost my count...well those are some of the necessities I haven't grasped yet. So a scarf, a small blanket...but no sweaters or socks for me. Someday!

- actually, I need an expert knitter to sit beside me while I go through every single knit and purl - in case I make a mistake and cannot figure out how I got there much less how to fix it. :)

In the meantime, I admire those that have such skills...and admire their packing skills with a TriStar too!

Come on over to Ravelry. There's a Tom Bihn group there, and lots of others. And if you can do lace (which I still haven't really done) you can certainly knit. You just need practice.

Maria
10-02-2011, 03:31 PM
Once I finish my current needlepoint project - I'll certainly practice the knitting again! If I check out Raverly now....out the window will go the current project! :) THANK YOU - I'll note it in the calendar.

And I see knitting fits a TriStar all too well. I am torn between what colour to get for that bag!