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    Besides patience, I also suggest a backpack full...

    Besides patience, I also suggest a backpack full of flexibility.

    Be ready for changes to your plans. They're inevitable.

    Sent from my Vivo 8 using Tapatalk
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    Why I buy from Tom Bihn.

    A friend of mine asked me why I recommend Tom Bihn when there are so many brands out there. I said it was simple: Besides great quality products, dealing with them is like dealing with a local, mom...
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    Lani is wise. I have at different times owned...

    Lani is wise. I have at different times owned most of the bags offered at Rick Steves. They do not come close to Tom Bihn in quality and durability. I no longer buy anything from Rick Steves. But my...
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    I spend 6-8 months a year in Europe. For the...

    I spend 6-8 months a year in Europe. For the first timer, I will make two suggestions:

    1) Go to the Rick Steves Travel Forum that specializes in European travel. You can yet any question answered...
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    I have been traveling the world with a Pilot for...

    I have been traveling the world with a Pilot for nearly two years. It fits wonderfully on top of my wheeled bag with the passthru. Excellent Organiztion.

    I can't help you regarding laptop size...
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    Actually, something similar to this has been...

    Actually, something similar to this has been done. For decades, North Carolina was the furniture manufacturing capital of America. But slowly, jobs were shipped overseas and it became cheaper to cut...
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    There have been some interesting comments but...

    There have been some interesting comments but some really need to look at this differently.

    Take the hybrid or electric cars. When the batteries can no longer be charged and have to be replaced,...
  8. I should also mention that the master packing...

    I should also mention that the master packing list is by category: Clothes, toiletries, electronics, etc.

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  9. I have a generic, master packing list that has...

    I have a generic, master packing list that has everything I might need to take regardless of time of year. (Everything from a scarf for winter to sun tan lotion for summer.) This will be personal for...
  10. First, let me say I have way too much time on my...

    First, let me say I have way too much time on my hands.

    I have a master packing list that I keep on Google Docs. It was organized by category--clothes, toiletries, electronics, etc.

    But now...
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    You'll be surprised how little the zipper pulls...

    You'll be surprised how little the zipper pulls weigh. And once they are off, there is no way to put them back on.

    When I need to cut down on weight, I take my packing list--which lists every...
  12. I thought they were a gimmick as well. I always...

    I thought they were a gimmick as well. I always had a backup battery. But, while waiting in a few airports I easily plugged my phone into the backup battery and charged it. No need to dig inside my...
  13. Some newer wheeled bags have a compartment for a...

    Some newer wheeled bags have a compartment for a backup battery allowing you to charge a phone or tablet without digging into the bag. The battery also pops out.

    They're called "smart bags."
    ...
  14. Delta is big on announcing that backup batteries...

    Delta is big on announcing that backup batteries can not be carried in the bag that goes into the overhead. They don't want lithium batteries in the overhead. They are supposed to go in your personal...
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    One correction.....Norwegian has a 10kg weight...

    One correction.....Norwegian has a 10kg weight limit (22 lbs) but this is a combination of both the main carry on and the personal item.

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    One other thing, 10kg is 22 lbs. That is quite a...

    One other thing, 10kg is 22 lbs. That is quite a bit for most people to put on their back without a true support system. Theoretically, you shouldn't put more than 10% of your body weight on your...
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    When flying the discount airlines, you need to be...

    When flying the discount airlines, you need to be careful and read the procedure for each airline. Carry on bag limits will be different for each one. Many in Europe care about size and weight.
    ...
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    Heathrow is extra thorough and a stickler for...

    Heathrow is extra thorough and a stickler for rules. I go through it quite often and it is always slow going.

    Earlier this month, the metal detector buzzed--it never does--then I had to go...
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    I did my renewal on arrival and it was easy. ...

    I did my renewal on arrival and it was easy.

    However, there are cancellations with appointments. . Check the schedule every day for the days you will be in San Diego. You may get lucky.

    Sent...
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    Airlines do not give precheck. When the passenger...

    Airlines do not give precheck. When the passenger lists are run through the government computers it might kickback precheck to some who don't have it officially.

    Would you really want the...
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    I've been using the Matador soap flatpack for...

    I've been using the Matador soap flatpack for about three months. I like it. Takes up less space than a travel soap case. I've had no problem with leakage. Every now and then I give it a good washing...
  22. As someone who flies around Europe a great deal,...

    As someone who flies around Europe a great deal, I can tell you that whether or not it will be accepted as a personal item depends on:

    1) the airline

    2) the gate agent.

    Don't go by what is...
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    Aeronaut 30 Online Review

    I found this on the web:

    https://www.travelpulse.com/news/features/this-bag-needs-to-be-on-your-holiday-wish-list.html



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    Sticky: I'm currently on a three month trip with the Away...

    I'm currently on a three month trip with the Away carry on and a TB Pilot. I just started month two and country number five. So far the Away is doing fine. TB Pilot works well in combination.

    This...
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    Please take a look at Norway in a Nutshell. It is...

    Please take a look at Norway in a Nutshell. It is a trip between Oslo and Bergen that includes trains, ferries and a bus. It can get done in a day but I suggest taking at least two. It is a beautiful...
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