Learning by flying has taught me to keep all my stuff real close on every flight.
After doing a real bit of research but also trials a different luggage shops at the airports I pass through on a fairly regular basis my choice for secondary carry on baggage – along with the RIMOWA – was the TUMI Expandable Organizer Laptop Brief Alpha 2 Pewter.
On every single flight I’m on someone always has to open the overhead compartment to find their wallet, cash, credit card, book, magazine, reading glasses, a pen for those immigration forms and so forth. Me too at the beginning on my first OBC Missions to South-East Asia destinations Busan, South Korea and to Singapore (both OBC Missions completed successfully in 2017). But I very quickly grew weary off it and thought there must be a better way for the well organised Frequent Flyer.
This is where the TUMI comes into the picture.
I keep the RIMOWA off course in the overhead compartment and the TUMI right under my legs snug up to the edge og the seat.
So far this has been a complete success but I still have to try iy out on a long haul flight for 10 og 13 hours. I think the better seats on the long haul flights will work just fine for me and my TUMI but I’ll report back here when I try it out in real life on an Onboard Courier Mission in the future.
But as you can see from the pictures below I keep ALL my stuff handy in the bag: Passport, pens, Pepto-Bismol, sunglasses, HydroFlask with water (inside the watertight compartment for umbrella or a water bottle), my all important noise cancelling headphones, Skyroam Solis LTE 4G Wi-Fi Hopspot that works in 130 countries, a little flashlight (to look for stuff you drop inflight from your seat in a darkened cabin), my door key on a TUMI strap built into the laptop bag, a power bank and charging cables, wall chargers, a backup credit card (if I ever lose my wallet).
And Gaffer’s Tape (which has helped me on so many OBC Missions that I lost track of the numbers. Gaffer’s Tape easily provide an improvised carrying handle for my OBC shipment in a cardboard box; again learning from flying I had a long haul OBC Mission to Shanghai with a bulky cardboard box containing the actual OBC shipment but at PVG Airport I put the bulky and heavy cardboard box on the PVG Airport floor as a made my way thru the Immigration and Customs queue.
When it was my turn I picked up the cardboard box which was now dirty and filthy underneath from being pushed along the airport floor and the dirt spilled onto me. So I decided then and there ALWAYS to carry two rolls of 3M Black Gaffer’s Tape to quickly and easily make a carrying handle for any OBC cardboard boxes in the future. And now I suspense this piece of advise for any wannabe Onboard Courier so you won’t get soiled and dirty when you’re on your first OBC Mission with a bulky cardboard box to be delivered by commmercial aircraft.)
Author: Morten Vassing
Morten is a Man on a Mission. Well, several missions each month. Originally trained as a journalist Morten now is the consummate Onboard Courier traveling the world with time critical shipment and blogging about it on the way on vassing.com – The Secret Life of the Onboard Courier.