My backpack is the best. Over the last three and a half years I’ve thrown it, scraped it and stuffed it until it bursts, and it has never failed me. Really, other than a little wear on the zippers, it still looks brand new!
A traveler’s bag is the most essential of essential gear, and I really can’t stop talking about how great mine is when someone asks me about it. And people ask a lot. But for those of you who haven’t had the pleasure of my company, here’s why my Tom Bihn Aeronaut is the absolute best bag a nomad could ask for:
The Aeronaut is specifically designed to be the largest carry-on size allowed by most airlines: 22″ x 14″ x 9″ (555 x 355 x 230 mm). This means I can pack till it bursts and still be reasonably confident that I won’t get the stink eye from a flight attendant. I haven’t checked a bag since 2007. No worrying about thieves or whether my valuables will make it in one piece – my bag never leaves my sight and no one touches it but me.
I Can See Everything
Unlike traditional backpacks, the Aeronaut opens from it’s side like rolling luggage. I never have to dig for the shoes I packed in the bottom because it’s all right there. It’s also really hard to lose stuff because the lining comes in a series of bright colors (mine’s neon yellow!). This is a godsend for those of us who tend to lose little things like hair ties and plug adaptors.
I Don’t Look Like A Backpacker
No offense to my large-backpack toting friends, but it’s generally hard to blend in if you’re carrying a bright orange bag as big as a ten year old. With my Aeronaut, I could be a business traveler sprinting for a train in King’s Cross station or a jet setting fashionista on her way to Singapore (I might need better clothes to pull this off, though). I love that I don’t stick out like a sore thumb.
The bag is also convertible, so if you like you can have a duffel bag or a shoulder bag, but the backpack is the most comfortable and practical form it takes.
It Can Hold Everything
Two side pockets, a top flap pocket and a zipper pocket on the edge don’t sound like a lot, but this bag holds everything I could possibly need while I travel. Three pairs of shoes, a laptop, tons of clothes and all the girly toiletries I need fit in one carry on. The design is fantastic – from the useful grab handles on each end to the water-repellant zippers and zip-away straps, the people at Tom Bihn thought of everything.
The Bihn holds all my stuff for endless years of travel, is small enough that I can weave through a crowded airport without hassle, and sleek enough that I feel like a sophisticated traveler as I make my way around the globe.
It’s expensive, at $250 plus $10 shipping, but comes with a lifetime guarantee. They’ll even repair damage due to normal wear and tear for a small fee. Not that I expect to need that for a while!