I live in northern Uganda. I bought a bag at the market that has this phrase on the back: "Fashionadle lie fallow mountaineer wrap sport SPORT". I've seen many of these bags with the same phrase in many different towns. I would like to know whose job it was to decide what gets printed on the bag, and how they ended up with that phrase. [more inside]
You are travelling to a different city, which you may or may not have visited before, on business. You check into your hotel to find that someone from your office has prepared an awesome gift bag for check-in. What's in there?
I'll be starting a 2-year master's program in August, and I want the perfect school bag! Requirements: 1) stylish, 2) fits a 14" laptop and a couple of textbooks, 3) made of soft leather or sturdy canvas, 4) not a backpack, and 5) reasonably comfortable to carry. [more inside]
I'm in the market for a new handbag, that will hopefully last me forevermore (or at least long enough to justify the monetary investment - I don't want to be buying a new handbag every year because the old one wears out). Lots of snowflakes inside. [more inside]
I carry an Adidas shoulder bag — it is the type that is longer than it is wide. I don't like a bag that is wider than it is long. My bag is perfect and meets my needs, except it's too casual for some things. I am looking for a new bag with these specifications...but months of looking — both online and off — have been fruitless. [more inside]
I have a nice leather handbag and I accidentally squished one of the handles under a chair leg. This is my first leather bag and I've only had it since March and I am feeling sad that I have ruined it, even though I doubt anyone but me can see what happened to the strap. It made me realize that I have no idea how to take care of leather. I'd like some tips (and maybe some perspective on whether I should be this bummed about it). [more inside]
I'd like a new sleeping bag that's mine, just mine. It should be perfect. Please advise. [more inside]
Nd a new laptop/everything bag that I can feel better about than the one I'm currently carrying. Myriad specs inside! [more inside]
How should I select a day pack for hiking? What factors should I consider? What features should I think about? [more inside]
Hi, I've just destroyed another bag. Can you recommend a strong laptop case/messenger bag for me? I'm looking for something strong and professional-looking (I work in a somewhat conservative industry.) [more inside]
I would like to find something that I can take on trips that will hold a good stack of LPs, and also double as a sturdy weekend bag that can be used as a a small carry-on for flights. [more inside]
My dad got me a little Ganesh statue that came in a lovely drawstring gift bag. Does anyone have any creative ideas for what I could use this bag and similar bags for, other than using them to give other people gifts?
My mother obtained this grocery bag (1 and 2) back in the 90s at our local grocery store. It is the best grocery bag EVER. However, we have never been able to find another one like it. [more inside]
We need new overnight bags, suitable for weekend car trips or a night at Grandma/Grandpa's. I don't think I've ever owned one of these that wasn't a hand-me-down from the back of someone's dad's closet. Can you help me find some good Christmas-able options for 1) my husband and 2) my currently-tiny daughter? [more inside]
What kind of tape would work well to bolster my bag's handles against further wear? [more inside]
I need a messenger bag that's, 1. Capable of withstanding a nuclear blast, aaaaand, 2. Somewhat feminine (in a "spunky pigtailed tomboy" way, not an "appletinis and selfies with the besties" way). Despite being REALLY GOOD at Googling, I can't find one. Rugged Cordura snowflakes within! [more inside]
I'm having no luck trying to find a bag with a large bottom. Can you suggest a bag for me? [more inside]
Help me find my perfect everyday bag! [more inside]
I'm looking for a daypack that'll carry an SLR camera, an extra lens, a book, and a water bottle. I'd like it to be compact enough that it can't carry much else. I'd like it to offer some mild degree of protection to the camera and the lens. I don't mind if it's a backpack, shoulder bag, or sling. Style-wise, I'd rather it not look like a camera bag. And I'm a male. [more inside]
I'd like to start biking to my yoga studio. I need to bring my own mat. Talk to me about what works. Difficulty: trail-a-bike hitch precludes a cargo rack. Is there another way to carry it on my bike? I'm also open to mat bags that play nicely with riding a bike. [more inside]
Where do people physically shop for messenger / travel / other bags? I want to see them in person. [more inside]
I'm in search of a grid it style organizer that can carry two tablets edge to edge. Tablets are an iPad mini and an Asus note 8. Organizer needs to fit in the footprint of a 13 inch macbook air. Tablets also need to be separated so they don't slide in front of or behind one another.
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]
Essentially I'm looking for recommendations for a bag that will hold a DSLR and two lenses as well as a 10" tablet and some other smaller accessories. Extra points if it will also handle a full size keyboard, but I don't expect that to be possible.
I've been carrying what is a Kenneth Cole Weekender bag for my schoolbooks and laptops. It's not really good at supporting all the weight. What are some chic looking alternatives that can handle the weight of a few notebooks and a somewhat large-ish Toshiba laptop that won't kill my arm but look pretty killer. Nothing frumpy please! [more inside]
I need to buy myself a bag for carry-on and every-day stuff. What do I want? [more inside]
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]
I will be traveling in India for an extended time and then to a few countries in Southeast Asia. I am in search of a large (32"+), waterproof, duffel bag with wheels. I would like to spend $150 max on it. Please lead me to your favorites.
The other Mr fffm is great. Works downtown at a financial firm, snappy dresser, etc. But he takes his lunch to work in a plastic bag from the supermarket and this gives me a sad. Help me find something stylish (but not hideously expensive please) to tote his lunch in. [more inside]
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]
Just want to field some opinions: I have to carry food (that's lunch, dinner, and snacks) and gym stuff with me to work. My backpack can fit work stuff plus food; or work stuff plus gym stuff. I can carry 1 additional bag at most. Gym stuff in backpack and carry separate lunch bag? or lunch in backpack and carry separate gym bag? [more inside]
I just got a set of surplus unused Army sleeping bags (called the Modular Sleep System) and want to wash them. The tags say to use a commercial, front-load washer; can I use my modern, top-load washer that does not have an agitator? [more inside]
An unexpected late holiday gift has left me the owner of an amazingly capacious leather toiletry bag (this one to be exact) to replace my previous canvas sack. What can I put in it to make it the best men's toiletry bag ever for someone who travels frequently? I'm already putting in travel toothbrushes and simple shaving supplies, but what else should I include? What unexpected thing has been life-saving (or just really welcome) in your toilet bag? What emergency supplies should I have on hand?
I have owned a cloth messenger bag with leather trim around the edges for a couple years. Over time, the cloth has gotten somewhat dingy (no issues with the leather). I am unlikely to find another bag like this, so I want to keep it clean, if I can. Laundromats won't touch it because of the leather and I can't machine wash it for the same reason. I have tried scrubbing it by hand with different things - vinegar, lemon juice, and bleach (all diluted in some amount of water) to no avail. Internet searches haven't turned up many other suggestions. Are there any recommendations for other things to try?
We want to buy a nappy/baby bag but we don't like what we've seen. This may not be possible, but we'd like something for less than $150 aud including shipping, if relevant, and it needs to ship to or be available in Australia. We'd like something fairly modern. [more inside]
Husband loves to take photos when hiking, but hates taking his backpack all the way off and on again every time he wants to reach for his camera. I need a hiking backpack for my husband that will hold all the regular stuff for a day hike but with some sort of easy access zippered side pocket where he can just reach around to grab his camera, shoot photos, and put it back inside while leaving the backpack on his back the whole time. Ideally for $60 or less. Searched around on amazon but cannot find it. Any suggestions? Thanks!
I'm assembling a bag of useful things that I will keep in the trunk my car. What goes in it? Think less "zombie apocalypse" more "raining, forgot umbrella." [more inside]
I saw the coolest messenger-ish bag today, made with subtly iridescent fabric. Anyone know where I can find this bag? [more inside]
I'd like something almost exactly like the Lo&Sons OG gym and travel bag — something that includes a laptop sleeve, pockets, and the additional strap to hold it on a rolling suitcase. Ideally, it would be professional-looking enough to carry to job interviews. Unfortunately, I'm also working with a graduate student budget. Any suggestions?
I'd love to find a bag similar to the one used by Picard and Starfleet officers for my boyfriend for Christmas. Image inside, with more details... [more inside]
I fell in love with the Fendi bag this woman is carrying, which I think is the 2Jours tote, or something quite similar. Barring winning the lottery, I'm not about to pay that much for a bag, and would like suggestions for a similar one. Details of what I like about the bag inside. [more inside]
What's the best solution for transporting a bunch of board games? [more inside]
I need a pretty package. [more inside]
I would like to replace my husband's deteriorating work bag (which I gave him many moons ago) for our upcoming anniversary . I like this nylon one, but fear it will read as being made for a woman. I have past experience with this seller and she will customize a bag. If this does read as feminine, what makes it so? Thank you.
So I found this black leather messenger bag, and it meets my needs in just about every way...but I'm wondering whether I can find a better one in this vein for a similar price. [more inside]
My daily/everyday bag is a canvas haversack - about as large as a small messenger bag. I already know to carry things like breath strips and a small umbrella and a paperback around, but recently I've been looking to expand on the everyday items. For example: there was an awkward lull in conversation during a train ride. I happened to be carrying a pack of cards and taught everyone to play German Whist - wonderful ice breaker, great way to spend the trip. I'm looking for things like that, small, non-obvious essentials to put in your bag that can be used in many different situations.
I'm looking for cool ergonomic purses that don't hurt your shoulder. [more inside]
I'd like to get largeish waxed canvas or waxed cotton shoulder/messenger bag. Large enough to hold a number of vinyl records (12x12), bigger is ok, smaller won't work. I'm looking for waxed cotton because it is waterproof and looks cool, but other fabrics would be ok if they don't have logos and are also waterproof.
I've been lugging my laptop around in a red backpack for the last twelve years. Its been on nearly every continent, survived several career 180s and a divorce. But all things must come to an end- My everyday carry is much different than it was twelve years ago- My PC laptop, an iPad, a yellow legal notepad and maybe a paperback. [more inside]