A bag for all seasons
September 5, 2009 5:02 AM Subscribe
I am looking for a new bag - hopefully, you can help me find one bag that will do my international business trips, day hikes, and weekends away.
The bag needs to serve as carry on luggage, to-the-office luggage, day hike, or overnight trip luggage.
I want something that can fit a laptop, preferably in a compartment/sleeve for that purpose. My own laptop is a 12 inch Apple, but when travelling for work, I have to carry a larger laptop (15 inch?). I usually put their laptops in my checked luggage, so as not to cripple myself in the airport, but then need to carry it between the hotel and office while away. I find it too heavy to use a messenger bag or shoulder strap bag.
I accept that the only way I can do this sensibly, given the brick laptops from work, is with a backpack (despite a visiting consultant snootily remarking that she doesn't think people should have backpacks for business - fine for her, as an independent, she has bought a 10 inch laptop). Wheels will be a pain for the other uses and the main office I visit overseas is in a country where there aren't nice smooth surfaces to drag the bag along.
But it needs to look somewhat professional (not bright colours or too sporty looking). Also, I am female and small, so not too large, should be comfortable for me to wear.
I would like an easy to access compartment to put my passport and travel docs when moving through the airport. But not heaps of little compartments inside.
For day hiking, waterproof/resistant is good, and I would like a water bottle holder on the outside.
I want it of a size that I could fit a change of clothes and small toiletries, if I am going somewhere just for a few nights.
I am in Australia, but will consider online possibilities also (oh, I have a MEC membership!). No particular cost restrictions - I think you get what you pay for with luggage. Having said that, my last bag that I used for these purposes was maybe US$50 and has lasted for 12 years or more (zip broken, and waterproof lining has deteriorated).
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