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Rick's 'Euro Flight Bag'

Has anyone used Rick's 'Euro Flight Bag'? I'm looking at it to use as my single carry-on for our domestic overnight flights (we do about 10-14 a year). I assume it fits under seat? Do you know how heavy it is when empty? Thanks!

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HI Toni, yes this bag does fit underneath the seat. It works great for an overnight bag or weekend bag. Any longer than that might be too much. For longer trips, many folks like to use it as their secondary carry-on to carry all their necessaries for the flight. It works very well for that purpose. I hope this helps some.

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I just got his euro flight bag about a month ago, and I have to say, I am a HUGE fan. I have so far taken it on two trips, and it is magic. It's very light when it's empty, and I filled it completely to capacity and still was able to fit it under the seat.

It is amazing how much stuff it holds. It's a bottomless pit. The last trip I took was the lightest I have ever packed, in 25 years of traveling. Souvenirs that would have caused me to expand my rolling carry-on and had me checking it suddenly almost all fit into my euro flight bag, so I didn't have to check anything at all. And walking through the airport has never been easier... just hooked it on to the handle of the rolling carry-on and breezed from gate change to gate change (I had a ridiculous flight home).

It's not good as a day bag or anything when you're on the ground, but the thing is so well-designed and spacious, that I just fit my empty purse inside it and use that during the day.

I sound like a paid spokesperson for this thing! I'm a convert. I can't stop raving about it.

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This bag is great. I have paired it with Ebags slim packing cubes and it is a perfect match. I can fit several packing cubes in the bag and open the front flap without worrying about anything falling out.

I like this best of any overnight bag I have ever had.

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Thanks everyone! I just ordered the bag. It won't arrive before my next trip (May 24-25 to Las Vegas to see the Eagles (History Tour- 3rd time.... YAY!), but should be here in plenty of time for our June 3-4 trip to San Diego to see the Doobie Brothers!!!!!

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Toni,

I also like your taste in music. This does seem to be the year of concerts, and many major musical groups seem to be embarking on tours this year. Even Simply Red is reforming and going on tour this year (only in Europe so far). U2 just launched their new tour in Vancouver a few days ago and the concerts were apparently fantastic (except for The Edge falling off the stage during the performance). I recently attended a Neil Diamond concert in Vancouver, and it was also fantastic.

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We don't have this RS bag but a very similar one purchased from LLBean years ago. I converted DH to carry one. It fits a change of shirt & underwear, a sweater, reading material & snacks for the plane, valuables and other personal items you don't want in your suitcase. It has a padded shoulder strap, two generous outside open side pockets, and an interior zippered pocket.

He folds down his coat neatly and places it on top of the bag. Then uses the two handles and the shoulder strap to secure it to the bag. This way people don't move/toss around his coat. You know when you land and you can't locate your coat because it's 5 rows back or forward? Doesn't happen anymore to him anymore.

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@ Ken and Wrey, I tease hubby that we've been traveling around the USA trying to recapture his youth for the past 8 years or so. We've seen a good number of the 'classic rock' bands- some multiple times. This summer we'll be seeing (or have seen already)
Journey, Moody Blues, Foreigner, Eagles, Three Dog Night, Doobie Brothers, Styx, Boston, Heart and maybe a few more. In the past we've seen all of those and Meatloaf, Chicago, Kansas, Fleetwood Mac, Stevie Nicks, Elton John, Rod Stewart, Cher, Steve Miller Band, Kiss, and some I've forgotten. We do strictly one-nighters. I take care of his mom, who has had strokes and a broken hip and is in permanent a-fib. So we don't want to be gone to long on any one trip. That's why we've given up (temporarily, I hope) Europe. We each take a bag that will fit under the seat- all we need is a change of under clothes, toiletries, phone chargers, and I carry all our meds. We like to have room for a rain jacket when its needed. I'm hoping my bag will not take as long as they say. I didn't put any kind of rush shipping on it, but still am crossing my fingers.

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Toni,

You're both very lucky being able to see all those great bands. Maybe I should try reliving some of my youth!

Of the bands you mentioned, I've only seen Moody Blues, as they were here a few years ago. They put on a great concert, and I took my oldest Son (he's a fan too). John Fogerty has also played this area and again a fantastic performance!

There are many others I would have liked to see, especially Fleetwood Mac and I've been wishing I made the effort to see them when they were in Vancouver last year. Journey will be in Penticton and Vancouver in July, so I'll give some thought to that as it would be an easy one for me to get to. Andrea Bocelli will be in Vancouver in June also, and I'm sure that will be an incredible concert. I believe he's also playing Sacramento, for those that are interested. So many concerts this year!

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Could anyone tell me the length of the strap? I would like to be able to wear it cross body occasionally when I need my hands free, getting on and off trains, etc.

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3262 posts

@Toni, Amazing list. The only one I can think of to add is Jackson Browne…my personal favorite. Obviously, a few of us are about the same age…a very good age.

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506 posts

Love this bag, four of us have been traveling with it for two weeks and best most convinient we have ever had in all these years. RS know their stuff for travel! Not big enough to travel alone, fits under the seat easy to get into in flight and very very light empty

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Should not be a problem wearing the bag cross body except the bag itself is somewhat big for that. Removable shoulder strap is adjustable and is 65 inches when fully extended.

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Does anyone know how flat it folds when empty in case you want to/need to pack it.

We're going on a safari and the regional airlines have weight and size limits. We are trying to do only carry-on and in the off chance it would not pass as our personal item thus making us check our main carry-on....I'd have the option of moving items to a smaller bag and then folding this one down and packing it in the main carry-on.

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The flight bag shouldn't take up a lot more space than if you placed an empty daypack into your bag. When filled, this bag holds quite a bit.

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My bag just arrived, and I've packed it with everything except the clothes I take (change of undies, really). It actually looks slightly smaller than the school/computer type backpack I was using (though the measurements were about the same), but holds everything, with room for more. Those here who are super light packers, might be able to use it as their main bag. I think it would be a bit large for a day bag, unless 2 or more people were going to share it (Moms- pay attention here). Very light and easy to organize- sufficient pockets/pouches, but not too many. I did change the shoulder strap as the one that came with it was a bit too long for me (I'm a little under 5' 2"), and it had a curved padded area that wasn't comfortable for me- a bit too big, and curved for the right , not left, shoulder. I always save such straps from bags if I like them, and they are sturdy, and they have come in handy in several cases like this (LOL).

I really think I'm going to like this bag!!! Thanks for helping me decide. ;-)

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I agree with the length of the strap, I am about your height. They must have much taller people making these designs. I used it as short as I could, never considered changing the strap. Good idea!!!!

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And on sale this week! I'm looking to replace my "personal item" bag which always slips off the roller-bag handle.

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Just got back from my first trip with this bag! It is the perfect size and weight for me. Fit easily under the seat. I wore the strap on one shoulder and cross body- depending on how far we needed to walk and how tired I was. Worked both ways, comfortably. Help all I needed for this one night trip, with plenty of room for more if needed. Glad I go it.

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I love his euro bag. Just got back from family reunion/anniv. party in Minnesota last week. Took it on the plane and fits under the seat in front of me. Just loved it.!!!

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Bag arrived and fits great on the rollaboard handle -- only disappointment was that the Blue Spruce color didn't match the color of the Blue Spruce don't-tell-Rick bag bought earlier this year. Black or charcoal might be a better choice.