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Aeronaut to the Galapagos

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    Aeronaut to the Galapagos

    I recently travelled to Ecuador -Two nights in Quito, and then a four day cruise- with my Aeronaut (with two small, one large and one side packing cubes) and MEC Expresso Daypack. I flew from Toronto to Quito via Atlanta - and my first aircraft was a CRJ - while everyone with a rolly had to gate-check their bag, I confidently placed my Aeronaut and Daypack in the overhead with no problem. When I arrived in Quito, my guide greeted me with a smile, and pointed me to the baggage carousel. When I said no need - I have everything right here - he was surprised (and happy too, I'm sure, to not have to help me schlep a big bag!) :)

    Unfortunately, I neglected to take any pics, but here's what I packed (this is from memory):

    Small packing cube 1
    2 swimsuits
    1 swimsuit cover-up

    6 pairs of underwear
    2 pairs of socks
    1 pj top and shorts
    3 camisole tops

    Large Packing Cube
    6 t-shirts
    2 pairs cotton yoga-style pants
    3 pairs capri length cotton pants
    1 long-sleeve shirt

    Side Packing Cube
    1 pair of flip-flops
    1 large Adventure Towl
    1 Sport Adventure Towl
    - I think I had one or two small things in here too - but I can't remember!

    The other side pocket of the Aeronaut held my Birkenstocks and a couple of small things.

    In the main compartment I also had room for my toiletry bag (minus my 311 bag)

    My MEC backpack held my camera bag (with my Canon T2i with 18-55 lens plus my Lumix point-and-shoot with battery charges and cables), a collapsable duffel bag that was I always travel with - I check it with any purchases I make during my travels - plus my 311 bag as well a Kleen Kanteen bottle.

    I purchased the Aeronaut specifically for this trip - I didn't want to check a bag on the way down (I check my small duffel on the way home to accommodate my souvenir purchases) - I used to travel with an American Tourister rolly bag in addition to a matching shoulder bag. I wasn't sure I'd be able to take everything I wanted to in the Aeronaut, but I was pleasantly surprised! It held everything I needed it to.

    I think I'll be retiring my rolly - I can totally see myself using my Aeronaut for future travels. While I love my MEC bag (I've been using it as my everyday bag since I got home) I'm not sure I'll travel with it - it was great for this trip, because I needed it as a daypack, but if I'm not taking my Canon, I'll just take a large purse - or maybe an Imago? I've been eyeing it for a week now - either that or the Medium or Large Cafe bag.

    I loved the bag, and can't wait to use it again!
    Indigo/Solar Aeronaut; assorted packing cubes; Olive/Olive/Cayenne Imago; Plum/Wasabi Medium Cafe Bag; assorted organizer pouches

    Just out of curiosity, did you make use of the backpack straps during your trip? What carry method did you use?


      For the most part, I used a shoulder strap - not a Tom Bihn strap, I had one from another bag - mostly because I had a small backpack as my personal item. I used the backpack straps on the Aeronaut at the airport when I arrived back home, because I had help with my other bags. I've since used my bag for an overnight bag with the backpack straps, and found them to be very comfortable. I plan on using the backpack straps in the future.
      Indigo/Solar Aeronaut; assorted packing cubes; Olive/Olive/Cayenne Imago; Plum/Wasabi Medium Cafe Bag; assorted organizer pouches