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Old Mar 14, 11, 3:08 pm   #1
 
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Train Reaction Device?

Anyone ever use one of these? Starting to travel more. Would like to streamline the whole ordeal.
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Old Mar 14, 11, 6:26 pm   #2
 
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If you travel for business with two suitcases like that I pity you.

If you travel for leisure like that, I'd advise to rethink the packing strategy.

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Old Mar 14, 11, 6:30 pm   #3
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Starting to travel more. Would like to streamline the whole ordeal.
Take three shirts, two pairs of pants, and a t-shirt for sleeping. Leave everything else behind. Do not buy gadgets like this.
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Old Mar 14, 11, 10:52 pm   #4
 
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I think the Train Reaction works well, but it's not a panacea. Lighten your packing first, then consider the use of such a device if you need that many bags. I bought one (well, two on a 2-for-1 deal) that I have used on several occasions when I've taken a golf bag on a trip. If I do that and don't have to worry about the cramped space in a regional jet so that I can take along a rolling suitcase, the Train Reaction works just as advertised.

But short of that kind of packing, you're much better off to reduce the amount of your packing, reducing your load to one or two bags that don't need to be checked. From my personal experience over the past year, I've been able to reduce my packing to a very small level, even on a 4-day trip, to the point where I take nothing more than a small backpack (1400-1500 cubic inches) and a generous, but still within all the published rules I've seen, personal item into which I stuff a netbook, all my electronics, and a full change of clothes.

And, to a cetain extent, I think if you buy the right types of clothes (pack some tech fabrics, especially underwear that takes you from packing a week's worth of underwear to one or two pairs that you can wash in the sink every night) and take the right kind of attitude (as the old saying about death goes, you can't it with you; that saying should apply doubly to travel on planes), you'll find you have all you need without the need for extra gadgets.

Bottom line, you probably don't need it unless you're taking something, like golf clubs, that you cannot take into the passenger compartment with you. Then, when you might be looking at hauling two or three bags, it is worthwhile, especially because it's a fairly inexpensive gadget (although probably still overpriced). Even then, you must use a rolling bag to get any benefit from the Train Reaction. If you carry a backpack and a duffel/tote/computer bag w/o wheels, I don't think you'd see any benefit.
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Old Mar 14, 11, 11:42 pm   #5
 
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+1 for lightening the load!

I travel more than 100K miles per year on biz, and almost exclusively with carry-on-only with 7 days worth of clothes (+workout runners) in my 18" Briggs & Riley. Wear the suit jacket (pack-n-roll the pants) when flying (easier to do when travelling in J class but possible in Y subject to overhead bin space) so that it doesn't get wrinkled. I even got my entire family travelling carry-on-only for the other 15k miles I spend with them. The only time I checked in bags in the last 12-months, my B&R got diverted to Ottawa (from Toronto, after a trip back from the Caribbean) instead of meeting us after the flight to Montreal.

I am off to Europe next week. It will be carry-on-only.
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Old Mar 17, 11, 4:12 am   #6
 
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if adjustability in hooking up the small roller to the large roller is all you need, adjust the straps on the large roller's attachment strap and save the $20.

without knowing your travel habits, can't make much better advice on what would work for you. but the general rule of lightening the load goes a long way....
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Old Mar 21, 11, 10:37 am   #7
 
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Sometimes, families have different ideas of what lessening the load really entails. In my case, I usually end up with my one bag + two of my wife's.

These devices make my life easier.
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Get an expandable bag for those times when you feel that you absolutely must pack more stuff that you won't use.
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Old Mar 21, 11, 8:50 pm   #9
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Sometimes, families have different ideas of what lessening the load really entails. In my case, I usually end up with my one bag + two of my wife's.

These devices make my life easier.
Yeah, being married to a tiny woman that is how it normally goes.
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