This is the setup I've used for 7 weeks around the US. I can open all Jesses with the gear strapped to them. The red bag is cold weather gear that is seasonal. Back pack has clothes, tent on one side, air mattress on other above Jesses. Some times I add a chair if I am staying in one spot several days -such as West Fest07. All stuff sacks have plastic bags inside. I keep the top case empty to allow storage for Stitch and boots if hiking. Also have a stuff sack for dirty clothes. I try to do laundry every 6-7 days or sooner if we got wet. Sleeping bag is on top of top case - light stuff up high, heavy (tools & parts) stuff down low. I carry too many tools and (survival gear), but I help other riders often. I am also building a silkalon "tarp" with 1/2 inch webbing on the perimeter and across the middle for a shelter for heavy wind or rain that will cover two tents and bikes side by side. (Hope I never need it). Some times I get a cheap ice chest and strap it where the sleeping bag is, at the last store before I leave the road so I have fresh food and drinks for a couple of days. Also have two "field stripped" vacuum sealed MREs for emergencies and 4 bottles of water in socks in bottom of backpack. (hope I don't use them either!) See why I got the name "Packrat" ? .