Backpack - Today, August 25, 2012 I purchased a new backpack on Amazon.com to attempt to use for my perpetual travels, wroking on year 15.
"The Airlines have forced my Hand,
--- I need to use a bigger backpack."
- Andy Lee Graham
I either carry one bag, or pay 20-40 USD extra per plane trip.
I am about to fly these routes:
Guatemala to Detroit, Michigan
Fort Wayne to Austin, Texas
Austin, Texas to Los Angeles, California
Los Angeles, California to Bangkok, Thailand
Bangkok, Thailand to Mumbai, India
Mumbai, India to Goa, India
Goa, India to Delhi, India
Delhi, India to Accra, Ghana
Add 25 USD to each trip, and you can see there is 200 USD extra to pay for two checked bags; or I need pack so tight that travel is painful.
Ranger Field Bag - This is a Ranger Field Bag---I hope, maybe, who knows, or something similar, it will serve my purpose until I do some in the field modifications.
Airlines Abusing Users with TRICKY Luggage Fees
The majority of airlines are charging baggage fees from 20-45 dollars PER CHECKED BAG. This means, one bigger bag is a good idea, and more than two bag with you, ooops, you are asking to pay more money to the airlines.
For maybe 4-8 years, this was my system, I put my computer bag in one of the bags, and carried two checked bags, the balance was perfect.
I do not carry bags farther than about 100 yards, to carry further is silly, that is what taxis and two wheel carts are for, if you go to Europe, you will be tortured, it by far is the most uncomfortable place to carry around luggage on the planet.
This is my present system, it was used between 2009-2012, I was using a MEI Voyager Backpack, very durable, however too small now for long-term travelers.
When I arrived "In Country," I would make it easier to pack, and tie the clothing onto the back of the pack. I truly despise pushing things into a backpack, it makes travel onerous.
This here is the problem, I do not want to tie clothing on the outside of my backpack, I want to store all my things inside the backpack when I am traveling. I need a backpack that is extra big, not extra small.
I am Tired of Explaining about Backpacks
I can explain the best travel tip on the planet, and only 1 in 1000 thinks it applies to them. This Travel Tip above utilizing travel principles applies to 100 percent of all travelers.
Note, I do not like the color, but drab green was not available, and black is always the wrong color for luggage. I purchase 90 percent of the things I purchase online with Amazon.com, the other systems do not feel safe.
Carry-On-Travelers are Annoying
99 percent of people buy things on vacation, unless you can say, you have never purchased any souvenirs, never purchased a thing abroad, a carry-on is mainly for business travelers, not tourists or travelers. Yes, I had two close to carry one sized for the MEI Voyager backpacks, but truly these MEI backpack are too big for carry on, but it worked when nobody was cared. The two wheel carts lugage can be twice the size of backpack, but still be allowed.
The bottom line, pushing the rules of Airlines is expensive, and many people that buy 1000 dollar trips across the USA do not have a problem, but go figure, they paid 4-times more money than me, the airline likes them to do this.
22 Kilos is the maximum weight I can safely try to carry, and there is problem with this new bag, it would be easy to make too heavy. However, I carry a hunting vest with me, with 7 extra pockets, and cargo pants, if I was using SpiritAir.com, (Ryanair.com) the trickiest, of the tricky airlines, I would fill up all my clothing pockets with heavy things, the hunting vest can carry 10-15 kilos, and my computer bag is another. If the airline was truly a jerk, I would go to the duty-free store, buy something small, and beg for a big bag, and use that as additional weight.
Andy Lee Graham August 25, 2012