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Run-commuting! Is it possible for me?

Would love to run instead of taking the bus to the train station for a thousand reasons, but the logistics of it are making me sweat! Most posts/websites on this topic deal with a simpler commute than what I have. Mine involves several legs (and my own legs would like to run whenever possible!). Could you help me, Mefites? [more inside]
posted by Pieprz on Sep 2, 2014 - 10 answers

Mamma needs a new bag!

Help me find a new backpack for my new job! Difficulty level: I am one picky bitch. [more inside]
posted by youcancallmeal on Aug 28, 2014 - 39 answers

AskMeFi Shopping Network

I need a very specific bag and I don't know where to look for it. I need a large bag that can be carried like a backpack, larger than 25L. I would like it to be in some way elegant (that's an open definition...), semi-fashionable for the PNW set, and water resistant enough to walk for 15 minutes in the rain and not be damp for days (so, probably not leather). [more inside]
posted by annie o on Aug 22, 2014 - 14 answers

Help me beat the crap out of my camera

How can I best protect my dSLR camera during a rugged hiking trip, while still keeping it accessible for shooting? [more inside]
posted by bondcliff on Jun 23, 2014 - 14 answers

Surely backpack technology has progressed alongside the laptop?

I'm looking for a men's backpack or messenger bag that exists at some magic intersection of lightweight and strong/durable. This is for daily commuting, often by foot, in New York City. My flashy new devices are impossibly light, and I'm looking for a bag that won't add unnecessary bulk when I carry some or all of them with me. [more inside]
posted by scarylarry on Jun 16, 2014 - 12 answers

Recommendations for two travel items

After lugging around a very small but not comfortable suitcase on wheels in chicken buses in South/Central America I realized I need a better travel bag as well as a money belt. Would welcome suggestions for these two travel items. [more inside]
posted by jbean on Jun 2, 2014 - 10 answers

Backpack cover?

A friend is going on a year-long, multi-continent backpacking adventure. She wants a sturdy travel cover that will take the abuse from buses/baggage handlers/planes instead of her pack, like this--except hopefully sturdier. Any recommendations?
posted by flibbertigibbet on May 4, 2014 - 6 answers

Help me make this Britney Spears backpack less Britney

I want to upcycle this glittery pink Britney Spears backpack into a more grown up bag. Preferably black. Does anyone have suggestions? Images inside. [more inside]
posted by bluelight on Apr 21, 2014 - 16 answers

Backpack = vulnerable to theft?

Are backpacks more vulnerable to theft than messenger bags? [more inside]
posted by facehugger on Apr 11, 2014 - 20 answers

Another backpack question...

I'm looking for a backpack that would carry a 13" MacBook Air. Difficulties: Needs to be rain-proof, stylish (I prefer leather or canvas finishes, with simple patterns), durable, comfortable, small, and light (I'm 5'2" on a good day). [more inside]
posted by ethidda on Apr 7, 2014 - 13 answers

In search of the perfect purse-backpack

I am really getting tired of carrying a purse and am thinking a purse-backpack would vastly improve the quality of my life. [more inside]
posted by madonna of the unloved on Mar 18, 2014 - 15 answers

Tiny Black Biking Backpack

I would like a black backpack, smaller than your average backpack, that's just large enough to fit my iPad, u-lock, and a few essentials while riding my bike. Something like this would work, except I would really prefer something with a squared off rolltop or flap top to the traditional rounded zipper backpack opening. To be even more picky, I would prefer it to be water-resistant, and ideally from a small messenger bag company that manufactures in the USA. If I could just buy something like this and shoot it with a shrink ray, I'd be happy. [more inside]
posted by Juliet Banana on Mar 10, 2014 - 17 answers

Help me find a backpack that isn't a backpack!

I've been using this backpack for everything in my life since 2002. The backpack is finally falling apart, and honestly I'm getting too old to travel with a backpack, but I've never found a better way to carry my (large amounts of) stuff. Help a lady out! [more inside]
posted by goodbyewaffles on Mar 9, 2014 - 18 answers

Help me find a backpack for my massage kit.

The duffel bag I use for my massage kit is falling apart and I have trouble finding a sturdier replacement. Can you help me find one? Pics inside. [more inside]
posted by pressure for pleasure on Feb 12, 2014 - 11 answers

Best backpacking guide... book, website, whatever!

I'm looking to start backpacking/rough camping this year, and I've had a hard time picking a guide. Can you recommend a book (preferred) or a website for this sort of thing? I've done some not-so-rough campground camping before, but it was alway drive-in camping. We'd love to start off with over nighters and work our way up from there. We don't know what type of pack/tent/gear to get at all. Bonus: guides for the tri-state (Philadelphia-New Jersey-Delaware) area camping/packing would be nice, too. Thanks!
posted by ancient star on Feb 7, 2014 - 11 answers

Need me a man bag that is both a backpack AND messenger bag

I'm looking for a bag that can be all (or most) of the following: laptop/messenger bag, airplane carry on, backpack, and diaper bag. My Google-fu is failing me, but I've come across the terms "travel bag" or "convertible". I like the look and durability of canvas bags or a similar type material. I'm not too big into leather, mainly because the good quality ones are mostly out of my price range (eg, Saddleback). I'd like to stay under $300, but can go higher for the right bag. [more inside]
posted by photovox on Jan 30, 2014 - 19 answers

Packing light

I've always packed light by taking a backpack on all trips and going carry-on only. But I'm going to be extensive international travel with a 35-liter backpack and want to know how to pack even lighter. Usually I only go on 1-week trips, and thus pack a shirt for every day, etc. How can I pack lighter? I've heard that Merino wool is a good material for shirts that can be worn a couple times before needing a wash. What are your tips and tricks?
posted by signondiego on Dec 17, 2013 - 20 answers

Where can I find a backpack that won't make my dresses ride up?

Help me find a dress-friendly backpack [more inside]
posted by so much modern time on Dec 1, 2013 - 6 answers

I Lack a Back Pack

I'm shopping for a new backpack. Criteria: I'd like it to have some style and polish so as to go with nice casual clothes; to be at least big enough to hold a 15" laptop; to be brown, olive, or khaki in colour; and to cost $100 or less. I love this one but the site that carries it is apparently untrustworthy. Super shoppers of MeFi, what can you recommend?
posted by orange swan on Oct 2, 2013 - 17 answers

Please help me find this leder rucksack

Looking for the brand for a convertible leather backpack of German origin. [more inside]
posted by Sublimity on Aug 13, 2013 - 6 answers

Flying with a Loaded Backpacking (Wilderness Backpacking Backpack)

On August 23rd, I am flying to Fairbanks, Alaska for a week long camping/hiking trip in Denali National Park and would like to not have to check any items if possible. [more inside]
posted by cinemafiend on Jul 31, 2013 - 15 answers

The ultimate carrying-wheeled-backpacky thing

I want a shopping trolley with wheels, because I live close enough to a supermarket to walk there, but I buy more than I can carry in my backpack or bags. [more inside]
posted by b33j on Jul 15, 2013 - 1 answer

Best backpack for a college student?

I need to get a good backpack for college. For the first time in my life, I will be walking (and perhaps biking) to get around. I need something that will keep my books and laptop dry. Bonus points for a backpack that I could comfortably wear on bicycle trips. [more inside]
posted by gray17 on Jul 11, 2013 - 15 answers

Best backpack for a short, packrat bike commuter?

I'm looking for a new backpack suitable for a short bicycle commuter who tends to carry a lot of stuff, including a 15" laptop. [more inside]
posted by fermion on Jul 1, 2013 - 9 answers

Help me find the perfect backpack for my travels

I need a backpack that can hold a 15" laptop and also have a great area for a DSLR camera, flash, and a couple of lenses. Do you have suggestions? [more inside]
posted by arniec on Apr 9, 2013 - 15 answers

Recommendations for dressing out of a backpack?

For the next two months (possibly longer) I need to live/work out of one bag. I'll be traveling for most of that time, with places to stay (no need for a sleeping bag or the like). What I need to figure out is clothing. I'm bad at clothes. I know there are great wicking fabrics and lightweight travel garments out there, and that they're improving all the time. (I'm ready to do sink laundry every evening.) As of spring 2013, how can I best use my 26 liters of space to keep myself clad? [more inside]
posted by the brave tetra-pak on Apr 7, 2013 - 15 answers

How much of a faux pas is it to wear a backpack in business casual?

I am attending a two day long event at a graduate program in International Affairs in my local area. It is for students who have made it through the first round of admissions. Interviews and some other assessments will be conducted at this event, but there will be many opportunities for them to try to sell their graduate program to us. The event is this Friday and Saturday, and the dress code called for is simply business casual. For what it's worth, this program is in the South. The problem is that since I am a local candidate, I will be biking to the event. I don't fancy biking in my dress shoes, and somehow carrying my leather portfolio along the way. I imagine I'll be bringing my backpack in order to switch out my shoes and carry my portfolio. How much of a faux pas do you imagine this might be?
posted by SollosQ on Feb 28, 2013 - 23 answers

What's the new Fjallraven Kanken?

East London filter: who makes backpacks practical enough for the gym but cool enough for a Hackney bar? Fjallraven is the obvious answer but literally everyone I know has one and it's getting out of hand. [more inside]
posted by citands on Feb 9, 2013 - 13 answers

How do I choose a comforatble backpack for running

I am a very amateur jogger. I took it up a year ago and can now run 5km fairly consistently and am working my way (slowly, in every sense) up to 10km. I almost exclusively run on the way home from work so I need a backpack for my stuff. Snowflakey details inside [more inside]
posted by *becca* on Jan 12, 2013 - 9 answers

Why are some backpacks smaller, but hold more liters?

Why are some backpacks smaller, but hold more liters? [more inside]
posted by deern the headlice on Jan 8, 2013 - 15 answers

Bag baggage

Help me identify this item: backpack, military, olive drab. Bonus points for finding one in the wild that I can buy. [more inside]
posted by RolandOfEld on Dec 16, 2012 - 5 answers

What should i pack and what should i do - India/Yoga edition

Going to a retreat in Kerala in Jan 2013. What do i need to take with me so i'm not the ill-equipped and inappropriate lady everyone rolls their eyes at? (Daytime is yoga and ayuverda therapy, weekends off for sightseeing, eating out down the beach or in the local town in the evening) Also, any recommendations of sightseeing and anything interesting to read beforehand? [more inside]
posted by moreteaplease on Dec 3, 2012 - 4 answers

My Backpack's got Jets?

Help me find the perfect Backpack/Bag! (Snow Flurries after the jump!) [more inside]
posted by PlutoniumX on Nov 1, 2012 - 12 answers

Looking for a Ghurka-quality travel pack.

Looking for a Ghurka-quality travel pack. [more inside]
posted by Tell Me No Lies on Oct 3, 2012 - 4 answers

Carry All the Things???

How do I carry around all my stuff with grace and avoid looking stupid? I carry around a lot of stuff everyday, and it's extremely annoying. People are always commenting about how I have "so many bags" but I really am not sure how to streamline my stuff. [more inside]
posted by sweetkid on Sep 27, 2012 - 46 answers

Too large for carry-on?

How likely is it that Delta Airlines will accept my slightly-oversize backpack as carry-on? [more inside]
posted by Hither on Sep 20, 2012 - 15 answers

Baby on a bus situation

So it looks like I might need to start taking the baby on the bus to her daycare, which is downtown. I say baby… she's pretty much a toddler now, being just under one and a half, and pretty squirmy with it to. My preferred travel option with her when on foot is to put her in a backpack, which she loves and which chills her right out, but we also have a stroller. So… what is the best way to carry her on the bus? I've considered just standing with her in the backpack the whole way, but it seems like there might be a safety concern. There's taking the backpack off and keeping her in it, which seems like it might have similar concerns. Taking her right out of the backpack and putting her in my lap seems like it might be the most safety conscious option, but that assumes a seat and that she will stay put - that later condition being highly unlikely. And then it may be the same deal with the stroller. Thoughts?
posted by Artw on Aug 31, 2012 - 35 answers

Where can in get a bag like this in the UK?

What's the nearest thing to this Aeronaut bag that I can buy in the UK? Essentials are carry-on size plus convertibility to a backpack.
posted by janecr on Aug 20, 2012 - 9 answers

What kind of luggage to take inter-railing in Europe

In October we're going travelling around western Europe by train for several weeks and I need to buy some kind of luggage. I had thought that a ~35-45 litre backpack would be about right, sizewise and for portability. But I've heard from people with direct experience that pickpockets are a big problem in several of the places we're going and that makes backpacks a bad idea. So what kind of luggage should I use that will be reasonable to carry around but still secure given we're changing locations (and thus hotels) regularly. [more inside]
posted by shelleycat on Jul 26, 2012 - 24 answers

Another day, another bag suggestion request

Yet another bag recommendation needed. This one is for a small (think city bag, not hiking bag) bag that I can carry both as a backpack and a front sling, shoulder, or cross-body bag. And that works reasonably well as both. [more inside]
posted by still_wears_a_hat on Jul 11, 2012 - 4 answers

How do I keep my dress from riding up under my backpack?

How do I keep my dress from riding up under my backpack? (more inside) [more inside]
posted by fullerenedream on Jul 6, 2012 - 22 answers

Light backpack for work and travel

I am trying to find a light backpack that I can use daily to work and also for short trips, and that does not look too bad. More details after the cut. [more inside]
posted by natalinha on Jun 12, 2012 - 7 answers

A running backpack that DOESN'T move.

I need recommendations for a running backpack that's just big enough for my work clothing and DOES NOT BOUNCE! [more inside]
posted by atomicstone on May 22, 2012 - 12 answers

Small compartmentalized gym bag?

I would like a very small gym bag, ideally no larger than a backpack, but it must have two separate compartments (where you put the gym clothes after the work out). Cross contamination = ew. Any tips?
posted by xmutex on May 14, 2012 - 13 answers

Always be ready

I move a lot and often. Help me live out of my backpack. [more inside]
posted by lhude sing cuccu on May 13, 2012 - 21 answers

Trendy backpack or tote

Trendy Backpack [more inside]
posted by pakora1 on May 1, 2012 - 19 answers

Other bags similar to Outlier Minimal Backpack?

Do you know of any backpacks similar to the Outlier Minimal backpack? Attributes in order of importance to me are are: 1) extreme light weight (the one from Outlier is paper-thin) 2) pocket-stuffable/foldable 3) sleek minimal modern anonymous look (like all of outlier's stuff)
posted by thedaniel on Apr 29, 2012 - 15 answers

Rainy Days and Mondays

I am looking for a messenger bag or backpack that will be good for bus/bike commuting in the rain, i.e. will keep my lunch, reading material, and spare clothing dry whilst I am getting soaked. I would also prefer it to be durable and green.
posted by Celsius1414 on Apr 11, 2012 - 26 answers

Stylish but comfortable

Brief me on the ergonomics of the Cambridge Satchel as a backpack, and alternatives. [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on Mar 26, 2012 - 3 answers

this backpack will ease my pain

looking for a backpack/briefcase combination (handle on side when carrying horizontally/shoulder strap, or wear on back vertically). Any ideas? Thanks! The important thing is that there should be 3 ways to carry it (handle on horizontal side; shoulder strap on vertical or horizontal side, and backpacking straps to wear vertically on your back). After extensive online browsing i've seen backpacks that come close (usually shoulder strap/backpack straps but no side handle).
posted by jak68 on Mar 26, 2012 - 12 answers

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