MindShift Gear Rotation 180 Professional 38L for Sailing Thailand
You may remember me using the MindShift Gear Rotation 180 Panorama in Cuba
But when I went to Hawaii, I had to bring a regular backpack because while the Panorama is a great day bag, it doesn't work for a week away...even with Colin carrying everything required for actual survival while mine was mostly clothes. ;)
But when the Rotation 180 Professional 38L came out, my interest was piqued!
While sailing Thailand doesn't require bringing things like like sleeping pads, we still brought some in case we slept out on the net like we did when we sailed around the British Virgin Islands, I wanted to bring more camera gear and more clothes. To bring a hard suitcase on a boat is very poor form, especially on catamaran with 13 people.
So first, I'll tell you everything I fit in the bag for the trip (which you may have already seen on instragram... I'm not talking about this post ;))
Olympus EM1 Mark II, M Zuiko 7-14mm f/2.8, M Zuiko 40-150mm f/2.8, chargers, portable chargers, spare batteries, travel adapter, lens cloth, air blaster spare SD cards, SanDIsk wireless/USB sotrage
In the Carry Compartment:
3 dresses, 2 leggings, 1 skirt, 2 tank tops (and received a 3rd on the trip), 2 sun shirts, 2 pants, a linen shirt, a denim shirt, sandals, cloth shoes, jeans, undies, camp towel, bug spray, sunscreen, toiletries, book, notebook
In the top compartment
another book, iPhone, sunglasses
board short, mini roller ball, trail mix
Climbing shoes, harness, 4 swimsuits, spare sunglasses, goggles, mini Joby tripod, drugs in case bad water/food/travel bugs got the best of me
otter box case and spare travel bag
More sunscreen, skin balm, Olympus Tough TG-4
Was I packed beyond my mind, yes! But with some clever coordination I made it through security with just this one bag. (Though Colin did check a bag and did carry some extra things that I overpacked [as I tend to do]) I also had a small purse from a thrift store with straps from an old credential lanyard that I used for easiest access to passport and credit card and also occasionally threw the TG-4 in. It's my favorite travel purse even though it is poorly made and hideous (especially when I wear it as a fanny pack), but I haven't found something that beats it!
Back to the Rotation 180 Pro, this bag is GREAT!! As I try to be more organized with my belongings (and life in general) it was wonderful to have dedicated compartments. Boats can get cramped and messy quickly. Having the rule of "a place for everything and everything in it's place" is necessary, and also becomes necessary for a travel bag. Knowing the TG-4 was accessible in a strap when I didn't want to bring out my whole E-M1 Mark II, and easily being able to check if it was there, or quickly pulling out lip balm or sunscreen, made life easier.
While obviously you are limited to what you can pack because a portion is dedicated to the camera compartment, when traveling, especially beach traveling, it's nice to have a "safe space" for technology-based items that won't get covered in sand. To know exactly where my charger was or having a lens cloth ready after getting a few splashes on my lens, I don't want to have to dump a whole bag out to get to it.
Opposite goes for the outer compartment. A place to store climbing gear that is dirty and smelly and in our case even wet (we maybe didn't plan the tide so great for our climb and were coming down to find the beach was gone ;)) It's nice to not have to toss it in with clothes I plan to wear the rest of the trip (without much of an opportunity to wash and dry with daily monsoons) let alone tossing it in with my camera gear.
Side compartments for sneaky food are my favorite. I rarely go anywhere without some form of snack on hand. Colin will tease me because I often come home having only consumed a handful of trail mix out of a big bag (and this trip he dissuaded me from bring a second "style" of trail mix and dried mangos) but to me it's a safety blanket. On a long hike or a long flight or just long trip, you never know when your next good meal will be, it's nice to have a little bit of trail mix ready and waiting so you know you won't (being dramatic) starve.
Top compartments for books and journals always just make me feel like I'm traveling, and that is my favorite of all!
Some reviews might go on about construction and zippers or other technical terms. With MindShift Gear being a spinoff from ThinkTank Photo, you already know EVERY bag they produce is going to be high quality and durable. It's just a matter of which style, size, inserts, etc works best for your workflow. I look forward to many more trips with this bag!
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