What bag to get

Old Mar 25th, 2011, 09:05 AM
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What bag to get

Hi there,
I will go on my first big trip pretty soon in may and already getting all my gear together,

I will travel fairly lightly with just a small backpack for all my stuff but will take my laptop with me as I need it. So now I was wondering if anyone could give me a hint on what kind of bag I should get for my laptop?
It will obviously get around a lot and needs to be padded and and easily to be carried around. Not to heavy either. I had a look on sites like this one but not too sure what to get.
What do you think?
Andy recommendations or suggestions?
Cheers.
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Old Mar 25th, 2011, 11:21 AM
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I don't think it really matters. Any "messenger bag" styled padded case meant for a laptop will be fine. I would shop in person, not online to be able to handle the bag, check the zippers and closers, actually "try it on" like you would clothes, make sure it's comfortable.
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Old Mar 25th, 2011, 04:21 PM
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I have a small Targus backpack has been around the world with me the last few years. It fits in even the small jet overheads and has been very long wearing.

I think one of the mistakes that people make is buying a huge bag that weighs several pounds empty and is really unyieldy.

Personally, I don't care for messenger-style bags. For me, the backpacks afford better balance and are comfortable for longer periods. I carry two for international trips, one worn on my back and one on my chest.
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Old Mar 25th, 2011, 06:23 PM
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If you have Marshall's, Ross or TJ Maxx, they often have some nice computer bags at great prices. I agree that you should try to get something that is lightweight.
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Old Mar 26th, 2011, 07:56 AM
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What do you use now?

It's a good idea to look at ross, tjmax etc, I found a beautiful messenger bag, leather that goes across my body, very comfortable and I use a sleeve with for my laptop. I would take it on vacation with me, if I took my laptop. I don't but it's very handy.

I like wearing what I wear at home and resist buying anything "for travel" as far as a bag or purse. Other than a suitcase, if it's made specifically for travel, I'm not interested.

Not because I'm afraid to look like a tourist, I look like a tourist anyway. Who doesn't? I just think that most bags made for travel are ugly and if I wouldn't carry it at home, why would I carry it when my husband will certainly take my picture holding the thing?
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Old Mar 26th, 2011, 08:07 AM
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Interesting idea about using 2 backpacks. I would have never thought of that solution.
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I agree with L Sky about female and purse/pocketbook. I carry the same one when I travel as I use at home. I hate those "safety travel bags" with the metal-lined straps, a million zippers and pockets, locks, etc. I don't see the point.
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I recently bought a Baggalini purse at TJ Maxx. It's very stylish, lightweight and has just enough zipper pockets. At home, I carry smaller purses but when I travel I need a bag with a little more room.
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Women and purses! It's so personal, isn't it? When I'm at home I need a larger bag I don't have my hubbymule to pack stuff around for me.
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I bought a Briggs and Riley bag 9 years ago and it still looks like new. It's a little heavier but nothing terrible (about 3 lbs empty) but the straps (it converts from a rucksack to a messenger bag) are padded and extremely comfortable.

They are fairly expensive but they have an all inclusive warranty for the lifetime of the bag.
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