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    The Guide’s Pack and a 2 Night Business Trip

    I travel 1-2 times a month for 1-2 days at a time.

    I bought a Tri-star a while back to help (force) me to take less with me on these trips.

    While I loved it’s organization, I really wanted a dedicated backpack. The retro look of the Guide’s Pack kept calling to me, so I wanted to see if it would work. My original post on the whole crazy idea is over here.

    It did work! It might not work for everyone, but I’m kind of in love with this set up.

    I do have TSA Pre and can usually dress casually for work situations, so that helps. I would note, however, that the bag has a small profile when it is completely full. It doesn't get a second look as a carry-on.

    I thought some might find it interesting to see what I got into this thing. Here is a packing list, for December in Boston, with photos below.

    Main Packing List

    * Packing Cube (Tri-Star Large)
    * Packing Cube (Tri-Star Medium)
    * Packing Cube (Tri-Star Small)
    * Daylight Backpack - I used this to carry my Macbook and accessories around while I was at my destination.
    * 15” Retina Macbook Pro
    * iPad Air 2
    * Kindle Paperwhite
    * Anker high-speed charging hub
    * Apple Macbook power adapter
    * 3D Fabric Organizer Cube (packing list below)
    * 3D Clear Organizer Cube (packing list below)
    * Double Organizer Pouch (packing list below)
    * Cache - suspended on “rails” in Guide’s Pack using Loaded Pocketz’s Tip
    * Sport coat (folded using this video)
    * 2 t-shirts
    * 1 long sleeve button down shirt
    * 2 pair boxers
    * 2 pair athletic socks
    * Vans slip-ons
    * Baseball cap (go Pirates!)
    * Beanie
    * Pillow case (for dirty clothes)


    3D Fabric Organizer Cube

    All cinched with velcro cable ties:

    * iPhone headphones
    * 2 Lightning cables
    * Micro-USB cable
    * Apple 30-pin cable
    * Fluxmob Bolt battery backup/charger
    * Car USB charger
    * FitBit charging cable
    * Retractable auxiliary cord
    * Ethernet-to-USB adapter
    * Apple 5W USB power adapter

    Double Organizer Pouch

    * 2 Uni-Ball Signo 207 Micro Pens
    * 1 Field Notes Notebook
    * Business Cards

    3D Clear Organizer Cube

    Toiletries:

    * Lush Toothy Tabs
    * Lush shampoo bar
    * Colgate folding toothbrush
    * Hair gel (travel size)
    * Shaving cream (travel size)
    * Deodorant (travel size)
    * Razor

    Wearing During Trip

    * Doc Martens (actually the Vegetarian Shoes version)
    * Levi's Jeans
    * Icebreaker t-shirt
    * Patagonia Capilene
    * Patagonia Sweater
    * Patagonia Nano-Air Jacket
    * Boxers
    * Cotton socks

    Here is everything that went in to the bag.

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    Here is the bag with everything in it.

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    Here is what my dog Chuckly thought of the photo shoot.

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    Last edited by widepipe; 12-16-2014, 06:06 PM.

    #2
    That looks fantastic! And Chuckly is adorable.

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      #3
      I want to know how you got the dog in the Guides Pack. Did the dog go in a packing cube first? elisa

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        #4
        I've been using that same technique to fold sports coats for a few years now. Works like a charm!


        Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
        Gear: Steel/UV Tri-Star, UV Travel Tray, Clear OP (Large), Small TS Packing Cube

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          #5
          Originally posted by AlaskaGirl View Post
          I want to know how you got the dog in the Guides Pack. Did the dog go in a packing cube first? elisa
          She prefers the Daylight Backpack.

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            #6
            Looks great, and is definitely giving me Guide's Pack envy! How did you "float" the cache with your computer?
            "A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions." — Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

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              #7
              Originally posted by blackbird View Post
              Looks great, and is definitely giving me Guide's Pack envy! How did you "float" the cache with your computer?
              Check out this tip from LoadedPocketz: Gear Diary: Setting Up the Tom Bihn Guide's Pack for Laptop Carry - Loaded PocketzLoaded Pocketz

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                #8
                Pretty impressive.

                I have a question about the external attachment points. Are those leather? I like the look but dismissed the guide pack due to thinking those were leather, if they aren't, I may be interested.

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by Leena View Post
                  Pretty impressive.

                  I have a question about the external attachment points. Are those leather? I like the look but dismissed the guide pack due to thinking those were leather, if they aren't, I may be interested.
                  They're actually a superior synthetic felt.
                  Have a question? @Darcy (to make sure I see it)

                  Current carry: testing new potential materials in the form of Original Large Shop Bags.

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by Darcy View Post
                    They're actually a superior synthetic felt.
                    Thanks Darcy! I checked the materials section but I've been burned a few times by other companies that don't list the materials of their accents.

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                      #11
                      How awkward do you think it would be to carry a shoulder bag (e.g. The Night Flyer) with the GP? I often bring my NF as a combo EDC and Camera Bag with my OMD EM1 MFT and iPad Mini as my travel kit.


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                        #12
                        I'm new and am trying to figure out OMD EM1 MFT. Tried to look at the order page but couldn't figure it out. ..

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by marytattoo View Post
                          I'm new and am trying to figure out OMD EM1 MFT. Tried to look at the order page but couldn't figure it out. ..
                          @marytattoo, The abbreviation used by @Cleverboy is not for a Tom Bihn product. it stands for a camera model: "OMD EM1 MFT" = Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera. He's using the Night Flight Travel Duffle for carrying camera gear.

                          HTH

                          moriond

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by Cleverboy View Post
                            How awkward do you think it would be to carry a shoulder bag (e.g. The Night Flyer) with the GP? I often bring my NF as a combo EDC and Camera Bag with my OMD EM1 MFT and iPad Mini as my travel kit.
                            I don't think it would be any more awkward than with a smaller backpack. It is horizontally compact, so I think the straps of the shoulder bag shouldn't get caught up with the backpack. The should bag itself might have to sit on your front though.

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                              #15
                              Thanks for the prompt reply @widepipe and the clarification of my abbreviation for @marytattoo @moriond

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