Weekend Travel with One Bag (Not a Rollbag)

This is the ideal setup for a 2-3 day trip. Just you and your GR1. There’s no need for a rollbag — they slow you down and make travel harder, not easier in situations like when you’re slower getting on and off the plane, or when you run into that flight of stairs or those cobblestone roads, or when the flight is overbooked and they force you to check it. Or when you don’t have a sherpa or a bellhop to do all the work for you, as if that’s the goal in life – it’s not. There are a million ways that rollbags promise easy but deliver inconvenience. 

One ruck, in my case: a GR1 (26 Liter) in Midnight Navy repping the best patch on the planet because this is what freedom of travel looks like.

Pack Out

I brought a Leica Camera in the black Field Pocket, toiletries in the multicam one. Clothes in the Packing Cube, a Yeti x GORUCK water bottle and a waterproof cold weather jacket (with a Shemagh and Tac Hat) at the top of the ruck. It was warm when I left Florida, it was cold when I landed. You want quick access to your layers at the top of the ruck so you don’t have to dig. Clothes (or shoes) you won’t need until you get there, put them at the bottom. As far as clothes, I bring one t-shirt a day up to a week, two pairs of Simple Pants, one pair of shorts. Two pairs of merino wool socks. This isn’t that complicated. If you bring more, it slows you down.


In the easily reachable upper interior pocket, I usually stash a writing pad for all the good ideas that come at 30,000 feet. And my laptop fits perfectly in the laptop compartment. Pretty straightforward.

Rest for the Weary

And one more thing – I always bring a book, something to read that’s not a screen. There is so much draw to screen time, and perhaps I’m growing old-fashioned, but to have something like a book that’s not a screen will keep me off my phone and my computer and give my eyes a rest. Long form is timeless, and books are a great distraction from distractions.


The Destination

Where was I headed? The first ever Mayhem Classic event in God’s country, Tennessee. Hotel stairs workouts with Ricky in the morning, at the event the rest of the days. Proud to be a part of it, people are the best part of CrossFit and that was really on full display here. The ruck run ended up at Rich Froning Sr.’s Barn. This is a badass place to end anything, or to spend time, period. It reminded me of my dad’s garage in God’s Country, Ohio.

The Final Ruck Home

As all good things come to an end, I was all packed up then it’s back to that airport grind life. I had a connection to Atlanta — yes, there’s a point coming — the flight was delayed, we arrived in the A terminal thankfully because my connecting flight to JAX aka home with Emily and kids before they went to bed was at the other end of the A Terminal. The gate door closes 15 minutes before take-off, when we landed it was 21 minutes before take-off. I sprinted off the plane with just my ruck. There was no roll bag to slow me down and bang into everyone as I weaved past them. Just me and my GR1. I showed up to the gate with seconds to spare and made it home that night, and felt like I had cheated Father Time. Home with the kids or three more hours at the Atlanta airport, that was what hung in the balance. Ruck running through the airport to make my flight was the perfect end to the trip. The lesson is this, I guess – let’s not be a nation of rollbaggers, let’s be a nation of ruckers.

Win races and make flights like winners.

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  1. Gene says:

    This has definitely given something to think about . Perhaps a simple day trip to ruck and use my photography equipment along. while still keeping to a light load. Cheers from Texas.

  2. Charles says:

    Great blog post! Also really glad to see that the real God’s Country (Tennessee) got some acknowledgement! Always enjoy your posts, Jason. CrossFit and GORUCK seem to be a perfect match.

  3. Nob says:

    I am Japanese. Immediately after GR0 was released, it was imported and purchased by airmail. GR0 was perfect for my short stature, and was a great success as a travel friend. GR0 is still usable without breaking. (But I’d like to buy GR1 or GR2 someday because I wanted more capacity.)
    However, myself has grown too old and my legs have become weak. Recently, walking with a weight of 1000 deniers for a day may feel painful. When your feet are too painful, you can even pack your luggage in garbage bags to reduce the weight and even walk. Please release the lightweight GR1 made with 500 denier. て い ま す I dream of a day carrying a light bag and going out for a walk again. I look forward to it. Thank you as always.

  4. Bob Collins, south Florida says:

    Great story, and I travel through ATL often, anything less than ~60 minutes between flights is truly a massive challenge, well done. Happy to hear you did not miss your flight.

    I just learned something about the GR1; I thought the laptop pouch was for ruck plates and the the expanding pouch inside was the laptop slot. Ya live and ya learn! But then again, if it works for me my way, probably nothing wrong with that.

  5. jason says:

    Good question — a prototype of our American Waterproof Jacket, without the hood. Look to see a very limited run of these later in 2020. It’s my go to for colder weather as an outer shell.

  6. jason says:

    If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. But yeah, you’ll get even more protection for your laptop if you put it in the laptop compartment.

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