Survival in a Bag

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Over the years I have relished the challenge of the efficiencies of packing. Early in my life, I owned a Corvair, notably short of space when packing for a 10-day vacation involving some camping along with some hoteling. When I was finished, the car held everything—but no more toothbrushes, please.

Several years later I was again challenged when packing for a week’s vacation on the Outer Banks of North Carolina—and it all had to fit in a C-172 along with two adults and three young children. Again, it was a success story.

This efficiency, of course, came full circle when we were packing for our around-the-world trip in a G35 Bonanza. Here my desired baggage weight was stolen by the fuel. And not only did we have to worry about changes of clothing, but also what parts to bring along—and, oh yes, the tools to install or remove any of those parts.

For those of you who have found your way through my book “O’ the Places I’ve Been,” you’ll remember the schematic of the aircraft with “arm” indications for stowage. The same diagram is published here. (Note: Classen’s book about his record-setting adventure is available in print and electronic form at and through other online retailers. —Ed.)

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