Birder's Guide

NOV 2017

Birder's Guide is the American Birding Association's newest publication. Each issue focuses on a key subject, providing tips from experienced birders on a wide variety of topics like Travel, Listing & Taxonomy, Gear, and Conservation & Community.

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40 Birder's Guide to Gear | November 2017 Travel Bags on international flights. I like Think Tank ® rolling camera cases. They are durable, high-quality, functional, and inconspicuous as to their contents. I pack clothing in Eagle Creek's ® Pack- It Specter™ zip bags and all loose stuff is organized into bags. —Susan from Cascade, CO ◗ I like Filson ® luggage for all checked luggage for non-camera items. Inde- structible and not shiny and bright that says, steal me! —Jim from Macon, GA ◗ An Avalon ® duffel on wheels and a second bag, usually Briggs and Riley ® , sometimes eBags ® . —Michael from Trenton, NJ ◗ Berghaus ® 80-liter duffel; Berghaus ® 25-liter rucksack. —Mike from Cheshire, U.K. As you can see, there are many op- tions. While some people invest in mid-range luggage and budget for fre- quent replacements, others buy high- end pieces and hope they last. More important than which high-end piece you buy is whether it offers a lifetime guarantee. I dropped $375 on a large Eagle Creek ® Tarmac, but the zipper broke within two years. Eagle Creek funded a replacement zipper—all I had to pay for was shipping. A list of favorite luggage brands is found on this page. Start here in your quest and ask around for recommen- dations. Everyone travels differently, so it will take some trial and error—and lots more travel—to find which models work best for you. I know you will have fun trying! –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– For more resources on birding travel, visit NatureTravelNetwork.com (NTN). NTN features birding hotspot reviews, book reviews, and a destination direc- tory which has an information portal to birding hotspots around the world. Click "Destinations" on the menu. Have you found the perfect carry-on, daypack, or luggage solution? Share your thoughts with other ABA members at publications.aba.org/2017-BGGear Top Bag Brands for Nature Lovers ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Survey respondents favored the following brands. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Luggage • Eagle Creek ® • Briggs and Riley ® • Filson ® • Avalon ® • Berghaus ® • Cotopaxi ® • eBags ® • Osprey ® • Columbia ® • North Face ® • Samsonite ® ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Camera Bags • Lowepro ® • Think Tank ® • Tamrac ® • F-Stop ® Gear n left: This low-priced Swiss Army ® brand handbag is available at Target. Photo © Laura Kammermeier n right: Each packing cube has a different purpose: underclothes, shirts, bottoms, personal care products, and dirty clothes. Photo © Laura Kammermeier item" was a very useful Cotopaxi ® bag, which held back-up camera and lenses, a fleece, and snacks. Clothing and footgear is all in the checked bag. —Sandra from New York City ◗ Osprey ® Ozone wheeled bags for both checked and carry-on bags. I wanted bags that were lightweight with com- pression straps and stable wheels. Also, the carry-on bag had to have room for my tripod, spotting scope, binoculars, and a change of clothes. I pack everything using packing cubes; they make everything super-organized and very easy to deal with once at a destination. It makes moving from one lodge to another very simple. Packing and unpacking is a simple process with everything organized in their separate bags. —LF from Spicewood, TX ◗ One carry-on suitcase: eBags ® TLS Mother Lode Mini 21'' can be carried Continued from page 38

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