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Darcy
08-09-2010, 01:42 PM
Here's a great packing list posted by John Irvine. (http://johnjustinirvine.wordpress.com/2010/08/07/tom-bihn-co-pilot-vs-norman-ok/)

Share your packing list for the Co-Pilot (http://www.tombihn.com/page/001/PROD/500/TB0967) here!

Buzzard
08-11-2010, 08:15 AM
I've been using my Co-Pilot as my everyday bag long enough now that I think I've settled into a standard set and placement of items, so here goes:

Left Front Pocket:
In the ultrasuede pocket - Blackberry Curve in skin case
TB Organizer Wallet on a key strap (use this for cash for the day, debit card, receipts)
Keys (I have a big collection, so I just drop them in - they're not on a clip)

Right Front Pocket:
Assorted pens, pencils, pocket screwdriver
TB Pen/Pencil clear pouch with checkbook and a thumb drive, clipped to the o ring.
Large wallet (contains the rest of my cards, cash, etc.)

Middle Front Pocket (Beverage/Umbrella pocket)
Since I don't usually carry a beverage, I use this pocket for:
Pocket-sized camera
Camera charger
Phone charger,
Bluetooth headset in a case
Small led flashlight attached to key strap/o ring
(there's still room for plenty more!)

Main pocket:
In the open area:
Plastic file folder with various 8-1/2" x 11" or smaller papers
Pocket New Testament
Feminine pad
TB mini cordura pouch containing microfiber cleaning cloth, clip-on sunglasses and a comb, on a key strap/o ring
Sometimes, a medium-size paperback book.

In one of the open pockets:
Small first aid kit
A few hand wipes

In the other open pocket
Small pill box
Small tin of mints
Small bottle of lotion
Facial tissue packet

I keep the rear slash pocket open for odds and ends as needed such as getting my mail at the end of the day.

Maria
12-28-2010, 06:33 AM
This is my first Tom Bihn bag! (Well, I also bought a side effect, organizer pouch, ultrasuede wallet, key straps etc.) Even before this order arrived, I was working on my list for my future purchases. Then to really see the quality and workmanship in the bags - well needless to say I'm a fan more than ever.

Here is what I packed into my black Co-Pilot and used it as a makeshift over-night bag. I realize it wasn't really meant for such, but as I don't have an I-Pad...:) The total weight 6.6 pounds, including the Absolute Strap. It was stuffed, but did not look bulky. It filled out but didn't bulge out.

Main Compartment:

- small wrist style "purse" with minimal plastic cards in a pocket, coin purse, compact and lip balm, a few tissues
- small organizer pouch with makeup (included inside an eyelash curler, a rather cumbersome shape.)
- 3 D clear organizer cube in olive (packed with toilitries)
- small case with travel sized makeup brushes
- large sturdy comb
- Dyson plastic wide hair brush
- Mason Pearson boar bristle hair brush travel size
- two prescription bottles
- long pad paper (Rhodia size 2.9" by 8/.3 ")...didn't really need it but forgot it was in there.
- Leuchttrum little black notebook (like a Moleskin)
- Travel alarm clock
- small hair clip
- small plastic zip-top baggie of feminime stuff
- cotton nightshirt rolled with an extra pair of socks and underwear (all in a clear plastic thin bag)

Front Left Pocket:

- Canon Power Shot digital camera (SD800 IS Digital Elph)
- spare camera battery
- glasses in a hard sided case
- small mini "Lantern" on a key strap for an emergency
- old style Ipod Nano in suede pocket
- packet of facial tissues
- mobile phone (older rather thick flip style)

Front Right Pocket:

- ballpoint pen in pen slot
- yellow highlighter in pen slot
- two small nail files (wrapped in mini zip-top baggie) in pen slot
- small packet of mints
- Trident gum (The style with a cardboard "wrap" around bubble pack style gum so it is bigger than a old standard gum packet)
- mini (micro?) Moleskin notebook (yes, I like paper to be organized in a notebook.)
- Purell hand cleaner 59 ml size

Middle Pocket ("water bottle" pocket):
- black leather ballet slippers in a single fabric show bag
- mini travel sized lint roller

Rear slip pocket:
- travel packet of Wet-Ones hand wipes
- two folded plastic grocery bags


I may have even had more in there but I cannot recall at the moment.

Thank you Tom Bihn and crew for such well made products!

Carl
01-04-2011, 03:11 PM
Does anyone know if the 11.6" Macbook Air (in a Tom Bihn cache) will fit into the CoPilot?

Maria
01-04-2011, 06:39 PM
Hello Carl;

According this post with photos...looks like it will fit!

http://forums.tombihn.com/showthread.php?p=22166#post22166

Cheers!

maverick
01-08-2011, 10:40 AM
Does anyone know if the 11.6" Macbook Air (in a Tom Bihn cache) will fit into the CoPilot?

hi carl,

indeed, it will. it's a snug but comfortable fit. please see pictures below.

jannilee
02-02-2011, 03:50 PM
I love my copilot for all sorts of expeditions. Here it is maxipacked for travel assuming it was the only thing I could carry on. I have had to check my main bag twice in the past five years.

Most times I would not pack the raincoat in the copilot but people have asked whether a jacket would fit. (It does)

Packing list:
main pocket:
Kobo in case
moleskine notebook
guidebook
passport and traveldocs in small pouch
chargers,adapters and cables in small eagle creek packing cube (1/4 cube)
raincoat (Eddie Bauer Nisqually) and emergency clothes - undies, socks, tshirt in med Eagle creek 1/2 cube
3-1-1 bag – usual items

L front pocket:
iTouch
Cell phone
Wallet
Keys
Snack

Centre pocket:
asthma spacer and puffer
sunglasses (room for snack or other small item)

Rt Pocket:
various pens and pencils
ipod earphones in turtle case
camera in case
snacks

That is one deceptive little case!
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http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5211/5405536369_3fc8b90019.jpg
Thanks to Maverick for helping me figure out how to post pics!

jannilee
02-02-2011, 04:09 PM
The copilot also makes a great knitting expedition bag.

Main pocket:
Kobo ( I keep a lot of my knitting patterns there)
Knitting notebook
Knitting magazine
Large project (sweater done)
Small project (socks)
Medium pouch with circular needles

Left front pocket
Lunch
iTouch
Earphones in turtle case
cell phone

Middle pocket:
Coffee mug

Right front pocket:
Several sets of dp needles
Scissors
Sewing needle holder (lovely wood case)
Tape measure
Snack
Wallet

The case is not really full and would have room for several balls of yarn if I happened to purchase any on the way. The cat, however would NOT fit!

Part 3 to come: Copilot goes to work.




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Maria
02-04-2011, 04:34 AM
Wonderful to see the pictures Jannilee! Plus seeing kitty inspecting the goods. Too cute!

Janine
02-04-2011, 09:35 AM
Which pocket or compartment is for the kitty? :)

jannilee
02-04-2011, 10:10 AM
Mackie is waiting for the Pilot to come out as there isn't room for both him and his knitting in the copilot. He does, however, enjoy helping with the knitting part of the process!
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4110/4974026007_671a186102.jpg

Janine
02-04-2011, 10:33 AM
Ahhh. My kitty prefers the other end of the knitting, the one that now remains safely inside a stuff sack. :)

Maria
05-09-2011, 06:41 PM
Jannilee - Mackie is obviously very good with his paws to work the knitting needles. Wish I could knit properly.

I'm also waiting (not so patiently!) for the Pilot too!

tCook
08-06-2011, 08:44 PM
I'm on a quick overnight trip, supporting my brother who is riding his bicycle from Seattle to Vancouver, BC, and wasn't sure which bag/s to pack. I brought my 13" MacBook Pro in a Checkpoint Flyer laptop case, which is a tight but reasonable fit, in the Synapse (which also held several other things, but this post is about the Co-Pilot!). I took out the Brain Bag first, but it's just too big for a warm weather overnighter. The Co-Pilot is my least-often-used bag and it was great for this trip. I packed in a Rick Steves packing cube: one pair of jeans, two t-shirts, sleeping shorts, two pairs of socks, and a pair of underwear. That all went into the main compartment of the Co-Pilot with room to spare. I use the clear quarter packing cube for my toiletries, so it was the wrong shape to fit on top of the packing cube (but there was enough space for the items). I may re-pack toiletries into a Ziploc and lay them on top tomorrow. Also in the main compartment was a small organizer pouch that initially held my small headphones, iPhone charger, and Nano. I put one size 38 Birkenstock in each of the two front pockets, and some spray sunscreen in the middle pocket. I had a ton of space left over, but the rest fit in my Synapse (Kindle, camera, big headphones, other sundries) and I just didn't need very much!
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Maria
08-12-2011, 06:04 AM
TCook - wonderful! Well done!

I too use the Co-Pilot as an overnight bag. I have so many odds and ends, that I've not yet been able to fit in a pair of jeans and Birkenstocks too. If I brought another bag / handbag - I could probably do it. Hence - I'm awaiting the "Pilot" to be able to fit in a little bit more.

TXGirl
11-12-2011, 11:46 AM
Here are a few quick pics of my Co-Pilot

Main Compartment
Azalea Small pouch holds my iPod/iPad charge cord
Turquoise Small pouch holds my Evo charge cord & adapter
Cork Small pouch holds my ipod/ipad adapter
3D Indigo organizer cube that contains meds, bandaids, hair scrunchies, etc
iPad in it's case
Coach wristlet
Kiwi organizer wallet attached to the o-ring
Med UV Dyneema clear pouch w/papers

http://i1220.photobucket.com/albums/dd456/lmg74/P4150115.jpg

http://i1220.photobucket.com/albums/dd456/lmg74/P4150116.jpg

Left Compartment

has my Evo 4G in the ultrasuede pocket

http://i1220.photobucket.com/albums/dd456/lmg74/P4150118.jpg

Middle Compartment

contains my mini Steel dyneema pouch with my iPod & Bose earbuds attached to the o-ring

http://i1220.photobucket.com/albums/dd456/lmg74/P4150119.jpg

Right Pocket
holds my Storm keystrap w/keys attached to the o-ring
pen
stylus

http://i1220.photobucket.com/albums/dd456/lmg74/P4150120.jpg

Co-Pilot and all it's contents
http://i1220.photobucket.com/albums/dd456/lmg74/P4150123.jpg

Badger
11-12-2011, 02:42 PM
I really like the slim profile of your iPad case. As much as I enjoy my Cache, when I carry it in my Co-Pilot it ends up taking up a ton of space.

The complementary nature of your accessories is very pleasing, too.

TXGirl
11-12-2011, 05:10 PM
I really like the slim profile of your iPad case. As much as I enjoy my Cache, when I carry it in my Co-Pilot it ends up taking up a ton of space.

The complementary nature of your accessories is very pleasing, too.

Thanks Badger! I really love my Portenzo case but again it's the only iPad case I've ever owned :)

dorayme
11-12-2011, 07:00 PM
Here are a few quick pics of my Co-Pilot

Main Compartment
Azalea Small pouch holds my iPod/iPad charge cord
Turquoise Small pouch holds my Evo charge cord & adapter
Cork Small pouch holds my ipod/ipad adapter
3D Indigo organizer cube that contains meds, bandaids, hair scrunchies, etc
iPad in it's case
Coach wristlet
Kiwi organizer wallet attached to the o-ring
Med UV Dyneema clear pouch w/papers

http://i1220.photobucket.com/albums/dd456/lmg74/P4150115.jpg

http://i1220.photobucket.com/albums/dd456/lmg74/P4150116.jpg

Left Compartment

has my Evo 4G in the ultrasuede pocket

http://i1220.photobucket.com/albums/dd456/lmg74/P4150118.jpg

Middle Compartment

contains my mini Steel dyneema pouch with my iPod & Bose earbuds attached to the o-ring

http://i1220.photobucket.com/albums/dd456/lmg74/P4150119.jpg

Right Pocket
holds my Storm keystrap w/keys attached to the o-ring
pen
stylus

http://i1220.photobucket.com/albums/dd456/lmg74/P4150120.jpg

Co-Pilot and all it's contents
http://i1220.photobucket.com/albums/dd456/lmg74/P4150123.jpg

I love how the entire effect is a micro brief full of cool color goodness. I don't have much in the cool spectrum, most of my "color is plum. This makes me want to add more touches of color to accent my steel, cork and hemp staples. This photo showcases the colors well, and gives an idea of how well they work together too.

marbenais
11-13-2011, 10:29 PM
Wait, there's an o-ring in the center front compartment? Has it been there all along? I'm pretty sure mine doesn't have it . . .

Walker
11-14-2011, 04:41 AM
Wait, there's an o-ring in the center front compartment? Has it been there all along? I'm pretty sure mine doesn't have it . . .

It is on the top left side right next to the zipper. It took me a couple minutes to find it. I could not find it at first - was looking for it on the "sides" of the pocket. The product description mentions "one o-ring in each of the three front compartments. . ." so I kept looking.

I wish there were 2 o-rings in the main compartment.

Maria
11-14-2011, 09:50 AM
Great photos! The ultraviolet is really sharp!

An O-ring in the middle front compartment? How did I miss that?

...off to inspect my Black / Steel Co-Pilot now! Note to self - next time I'll get a brighter interior so I won't miss out on anything!

Katy
11-17-2011, 03:42 PM
I love the colors of your pouches!!!!! Awesome photos :).

Walker
11-20-2011, 08:56 PM
Yay! I learned how to add photos to my posts with this one!

I learned lots from forum members' posts, including what and how you pack your bags. So here is my contribution: my go-to-work packing list this week in my Black/Iberian Co-Pilot.

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Main compartment
2 Witz eyeglass case (for prescription eyeglasses & sunglasses) in one of the pockets
Big wallet 7" L x 4.25" W x 1.25" thick in the other pocket. Fit is loose, so I can put odds & ends in this pocket with the wallet, if I wanted/needed to.

FOJ OP with external hard drive, usb cord and thumb drive
Small iberian clear OP (with pen, comb, note pad)
FOT OP with ear phones; sometimes I put my phone in this pouch; clip the pouch to the O-Ring in the front compartment with ultrasuede lined pocket
Medium padded OP with Samsung Galalxy Tablet (to red Kindle books at lunch time)

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Water bottle pocket:
Red 12 oz hydroflask water bottle (the 18 oz also fits nicely also) - for coffee

Right compartment (with the pen slots):
Stainless 12 oz hydroflask water bottle - for water
Keys on a long cayenne TB keystrap

Left compartment:
Samsung phone in the pocket
Car keys on a short crimson TB keystrap

I also usually carry a folded small steel shop bag &/or a thin rain jacket on rainy days in the main compartment.

On weekends, I ditch the big wallet in favor of 2 Tom Bihn Organizer Wallets (one for ID's & cards, the other for cash & coins).

I do not like a tightly-packed bag. I like the organization of the Co-Pilot very much.

Wishes:
1) a second O-Ring in the main compartment on the other side of the present one.
2) a third O-rings in the main comparment between the 2 pockets. I think it is the perfect spot for keys.

Thanks TB crew for a SUPER USEFUL and good-looking bag!

Badger
11-28-2011, 06:34 PM
Everyone posting about their Co-Pilots inspired me to carry mine to work today.

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Here is what I brought with me:
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The white bento box and the Moleskine journal were inside the two inside pockets. I carried the Co-Pilot without the strap and it was very light; however, I did feel like I was walking around with a teeny-tiny suitcase.

ncb4
11-29-2011, 08:15 AM
Thanks to TxGirl, LiLin, and Badger for sharing your photos. Now I wish I had taken photos yesterday when I was out and about with my Crimson Co-Pilot: maybe if I get time later today, I'll stage a recreation. Badger, it's a good thing I don't know where you live, because I LOVE your Indigo/Solar Co-Pilot. TB had just sold out of that color when I finally decided I wanted a Co-Pilot after all, and I'm still in mourning over that. (Don't feel too sorry for me: I've got a Tri-Star, Side Effect, Synapse, and 3D Clear Organizer in Indigo.) But if I happened to walk past your Indigo CP one day, Badger, I couldn't promise that you'd come back to find it had mysteriously changed to Crimson while you weren't looking! :D

And TxGirl, I have the same Coach wristlet, though mine is in a color I think they call Maple or Tobacco or something. Don't you love it? Yesterday I carried mine in the left side pocket, the one with the Ultrasuede lined pouch.

It's odd, but when I bought the Co-Pilot, I originally intended to use it as a camera bag for my DSLR, but I've yet to do that. Instead, I've used it as combination purse/geek gadget bag. I've carried my 11-inch Macbook Air (in a handmade felt sleeve); and yesterday my iPad, wireless keyboard, new Kindle Touch, and an envelope filled with medical insurance statements (my not-so-fun mission for the day was to deliver insurance checks for an arthroscopy I had last month) were all in there along with my girly "purse stuff" and my 16-ounce thermal mug.

Peruvian
11-29-2011, 09:47 PM
This is what I fit in my Co-Pilot on my recent trip to Peru:

http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z412/Cletero/c8399c45.jpg

The iPad Travel Express had:
- iPad
- Apple Wireless Keyboard
- AC Adapter
- Apple iPad Camera Conector Kit
- Apple HDMI Adapter
- Long HDMI cable
- Amzer Foldo Stand
- Stylus

One Mini Pouch had:
- Several Moist Towels
- Eye drops
- Lip Balm

The Other Mini Pouch had:
- iPod Nano 6th Gen
- Apple earphones in plastic case

Cheers