If you’re headed to Alaska or some other northern clime where waders and boots are prerequisite, you’re going to check a bag. But, if you’re headed to the salt you can ask the big question: How much do I need?
I asked that question before a recent trip to Belize and then managed to cram all my gear, including a camera body, two lenses, four fly reels, three fly rods, multiple fly boxes, a rainjacket, plus clothes, toiletries, a laptop, a Moleskin and other incidentals, into two bags. I bought an upgraded “comfort” seat that put me in the second boarding group and then raced into the fuselage and claimed my overhead space.
One of the keys to fitting that gear into two bags—a new Simms G3 Guide Backpack (spring 22) and an Orvis Carry It All rod and reel bag—was the ability to organize and compress my clothing into Yeti Crossroads Packing Cubes.
These cubes are available in three sizes—small, medium and large—and can be used in compressed and uncompressed formats. The uncompressed format gives you about two extra inches of storage space. But, you can also pack your gear into the cubes when it is uncompressed and then apply pressure and careful zipping to fit that same amount of clothing into the compressed format. These cubes stack easily on top of one another for condensed packing and when you arrive at your destination, you’ll know where everything is. $24.99 — $34.99