The packing was a challenge this year.
This time a security person came over and advised me, so the woman behind me did not push me as much. Next came the pat down. All that was in my pocket was a handkerchief. But it was enough. Then there was the serrated knife I had put in the wrong suitcase, so there was the bag check.
This holds my little, old computer that I use only for word processing and VP tutoring and my sleep apnea machine, and it holds them in their own cases, so I am flexible and can take one out if I need the space. Along with those I get enough room for a set of clothes in case my luggage does not arrive, all my daily drugs, and plenty of little odds and ends.
What a treat! My muscle issues are exacerbated by carrying anything in my hands, but not bothered by the backpack, except during the process of putting it on. Once it is settled in place, I find it very easy to walk through the long airports. Son Cory also commented on how good it felt on his back. It is my best travel purchase this year and a bargain at $70. There is room in it for both my laptop in its case and my sleep apnea in its case, and yet if I need space as I did this trip, I can take out the apnea machine and carry it separated. It works fine on the buses where it frees up my hands. Once in a hotel I unpack it and then it works great to go shopping for room snacks as I did at Walmarts on Boulder highway. From all my boyhood years of carrying two bags of newspapers to deliver, I think I developed good muscles in my shoulder areas which have stayed strong.
I like the feel of it. I saw lighter ones at Walmart for much less money, but the London Fog brand is usually a good one and all the reviews from folks who bought this series of bags were excellent. I am hoping it is a suitcase that cannot be filled with stuff that will weigh over fifty pounds so I don't have to worry about repacking at the airport.
Twice in this long Western journey my large bag approached the maximum weight. Once it was 49.2 and another time 49.5. I just got lucky.
I may still bring along a soft fold up bag that is empty on my way out, but collects anything I buy on my travels. Checking just one suitcase on the way out and two on the way back makes sense.
At each step in my travels I packed something that did not belong in a carry on. I lost a serrated knife, a can of shaving gel, and should have lost the Tapa Tia hot sauce, but the TSA fellow let it go. I was good about my Swiss army knife, however, and so I did not have to lose that.
I just can't seem to organize effectively.