This little series of posts looks at the most efficient way to travel with your Apple devices. I am on the road often, flying across Europe and doing the odd trip to the US. When I travel I like to keep things light, but functional. Over the past 10 years I have learned many lessons and have incrementally improved by electronic travel setup. These posts cover aspects of my setup and those of fellow nerds. This guest post is by David 'MacSparky' Sparks.
I'm one of those guys who loves to travel light. That would all be fine if I'd just keep it to myself. I can't. I'm always yakking about how I can go away for a week with just carry-on. It's a thing for me. I spend days obsessing on how I can get away on the next trip with one pair of shoes and exactly which electronic bits are necessary so I can get by with carry-on. As you can see, I'm invested in this.
The question then becomes, what carry on? For years I thought all carry on luggage was created equal, craptacular. You bought a shiny looking something and in three years or less, it exploded at the seams, usually while I was on a trip. I'd then duct tape it together, and ritually trash it upon my return only to repeat the cycle.
Then I heard about the Pelican luggage. Pelican makes luggage that serious travellers use to ship their serious gear. It comes with a lifetime guaranty. Lifetime. If you were carrying unobtanium, you'd do it in a Pelican case. Their luggage is hard shell, water tight, and completely bad-ass.
Four years ago after the implosion of my latest carry-on, I decided to try a Pelican. I ended up getting the Pelican 1510LOC. The 1510 dimensions are exactly within the carry-on spec and it fits in overhead compartments with the type of precision that only a Bond villain could master. I love this luggage much more than a grown man should ever love luggage. The 1510LOC is designed for someone like me. It has a nice main compartment able to hold my clothes, toothbrush, and socks. There are also two modular tear-outs in the lid. One is large enough to hold a 15" MacBook Pro and the other is a zippered pouch for my cables, connectors, and plugs. On travel day, I leave my Mac locked away in the Pelican. (The iPad and a BlueTooth keyboard are enough at the tray table.)
I've had the Pelican for four years now and it still looks great. The wheels still work the same way they did when it was new and despite some abuse, the hard case still looks good. The hard case also doubles as a chair, foot rest, and desk when I'm stuck in an airport.
The best thing about the Pelican 1510LOC is that I no longer worry about my stuff when I travel. When the guy in the shuttle service throws my Pelican in the back of the van like it is a sack of potatoes, I don't worry about my stuff. (The other people in the shuttle, however, should worry.) When there is no overhead room and the airline checks my Pelican, I don't worry.
You can find the Pelican 1510LOC on Amazon for about $250. In my opinion it is worth every penny. I'm going to be using this luggage for many years to come.
Other Posts In This Series:
- Solving the cable problem
- The smarter power adapter
- Kourosh Dini and his special gloves
- A little extra power
- The perfect laptop bag
- My Entire Travel Setup In Overview
David Sparks is a lawyer and creator of many things Mac/iOS. Not only does he co-host the Mac Power Users Podcast – already at 139 episodes and counting – he also published and co-authored a number of rather successful books, including Paperless, Markdown and 60 Mountain Lion Tips. There are too many good things to list that David is involved in, so I recommend checking his personal blog and follow him on Twitter to stay current.*