tomahawk and his Timbuk2 in Cebu PI
When traveling across the USA or around the world I like to use Bags/pack made by North Face,Timbuk2,or Maxpedition.
Right now for my international travel I have been using a NF day pack and TB2 messenger bag. There were a few flights I was on where my checked luggage was lost or delayed and that was a huge inconvenience for me so I resorted to using carry on bags only.
In doing that I had to leave some of my old friends behind like my Green river knife "Old Butch" that I have been carrying for 20 years and also my trusty Swiss Army knife or "SAK" and the knife savvy call it.
Leaving my knives behind is ok tho because it gives me the opportunity to purchase a new knife where ever I go. When I leave the area for a new country I simply give the knife as a gift to my guide or friend.
I prefer the bags and packs I have mentioned due to the quality craftsmanship of them, back about a million years ago when I was working as a bicycle messenger in Chicago one of my associates turned me on to the Timbuk2 bags and since that time I have carried one.
My North Face Krag dancer pack was purchased in a shop outside of Salt lake city Utah back in '89 and has been down the road and back a time or two.It is showing a bit of wear and tear now especially after using it during my last jungle survival trip, Im afraid ill have to retire it and just use my new NF day pack from now on.
A few years ago in Kuwait a friend of mine gave me a Maxpedition rolly polly day pack to try out. I kinda like this little pack and am amazed at how much gear you can stuff into one but find the straps a little too thin and narrow for my liking. Ditto on the quality craftsmanship of the Maxpedition gear tho, it is good stuff and well made. I do like the Emergency whistle that comes built in to the sternum strap on these packs, that is a great idea!
I have bought a few new North face bags and other gear like knives,clothes,etc.and leave them with a friend of mine in Bangkok just in case I happen to need them - you never know when you might need some emergency gear.
For purchasing tickets online I like to use "Cheapo air". I have gotten some really good deals on international tickets from them and their customer service department is 1st rate. Specifically I like to use Asiana Airlines and have found that they have the best prices for tickets to Asia.
I hope you all find this information interesting and useful.
Tomahawk - Scouts out!