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Packable/collapsible shoulder bag

Hey mefites! I'm looking for a shoulder bag that packs down to nothing that I can throw into my luggage. I would use it to carry essentials on the other side. Timbuk2 magic messenger fits the bill but is no longer sold. Sea to summit sling is an option, but is there anything else out there?
posted by aeighty on Sep 29, 2014 - 11 answers

Eye Bag to Differ

Im a mid-30s guy and I am extremely self conscious about my under eye bags. I started noticing it a couple of years ago and I thought it was due to diet or smoking or lack of sleep. Since, I have stopped smoking, I work out regularly and I have improved my sleep pattern (still not great, but a lot better). The eye bags in question are not black or red, but rather they are swollen...like I look like I am hungover all the time. Beyond the way it looks, I can feel the pressure under my eyes and it makes me think I am tired. Anyone else experience this or thoughts on how to improve?
posted by frednorton on Sep 22, 2014 - 27 answers

What alternatives are there to the GORUCK GR1 Field Pocket?

The GORUCK GR1 Field Pocket seems a great way to store a mirrorless camera and additional lens in an existing bag in a compact and secure way (as demonstrated in this blog post by Ben Brooks) – but I need to find an alternative. [more inside]
posted by Richard Holden on Aug 28, 2014 - 7 answers

Everything up-to and possibly including the kitchen sink.

I need a bag--something like a duffel bag--that is VERY big. Thoughts? [more inside]
posted by still bill on Aug 26, 2014 - 25 answers

Does my perfect bag exist?

I spend a lot of time out and about and need to carry stuff with me, and in my search for the perfect everyday-carrying-around bag, I've tried a LOT of bags. After a few years of this I've finally figured out my needs. Is there anything out there that meets all of these requirements? [more inside]
posted by rhiannonstone on Aug 15, 2014 - 10 answers

Where do people physically shop for messenger / travel / other bags?

Where do people physically shop for messenger / travel / other bags? I want to see them in person. [more inside]
posted by Morrigan on Aug 15, 2014 - 13 answers

Amazing Men's Leather Bags?

This is my current bag, a military surplus canvas haversack. I love it. This is the bag I'm coveting. I would love to love it but it is Way To Much Money. Where is the bag that meets these two in the middle? Where are the Excellent Leather Men's Bags on sale? I am looking for something I can carry without comment (and will last) for the next 20 years.
posted by The Whelk on Jul 24, 2014 - 47 answers

Connecting in Toronto Pearson

What happens to bags on US-international connections in Toronto Pearson, and is it feasible for me to go into Toronto for a day on a long layover? [more inside]
posted by andrewesque on Jun 19, 2014 - 7 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

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

Recommendations to prevent bedbugs in hotels.

We will be travelling soon using different hotels I'm not familiar with. Now I do my spot checking for bed bugs. I'm more concerned with clothing. When travelling I hang up as much as I can in the closet and then try to leave everything else in the suitcase. But it's really difficult and I would like to have this stored in bags. What bags do you recommend are best to buy that we can keep everything else in but that they will stay well sealed. Can we leave these bags in hotel drawers? Is a luggage liner suggested? what else should we get? I'm so unclear with the reviews on the internet. I want to do my due diligence and try to be reasonable. Thanks.
posted by Tziv on Jan 12, 2014 - 10 answers

how to liquidate thousands of indian leather bags from the 80s?

Dearest holy hivemind, My family has thousands of Shantiniketan leather bags from the 80s/90s in storage from when my dad used to import them and sell them. I'm ideally looking for some wholesaler, preferably in New York, whom I could approach and say something like, "hey, here are (tens of?) thousands of vintage leather bags - do with them what you will," in exchange for some kind of moneys. Do y'all have any suggestions for what to do? We've also been thinking about eBay and Etsy, but those seems like they'll take a while and require a good amount of supervision/managing. Thanks in advance!
posted by mrmanvir on Jan 2, 2014 - 9 answers

A rugged, semi-professional flap-top bag or briefcase or whatever.

I need a sturdy flap-top briefcase or messenger bag for holding a 15" laptop, books, notepads, and small personal items. I am considering the Saddleback thin briefcase, but the prominent role of Bibles in the product demo videos on the Saddleback site is giving me pause. I'm also wondering if a similar price/quality ratio can't be found at a lower cost. [more inside]
posted by Nomyte on Dec 22, 2013 - 14 answers

How can I keep warm while carrying shoulder bags?

For the nth time, I can't believe I'm using my question for this, but it is making me crazy and I need help. Here's the situation: I hate coats and they hate me, but I have to find a way to stay warm outside in winter. Help me figure out what kind of warm garment won't ride up or cause my bags to slip off my shoulder when I walk outside? [more inside]
posted by fingersandtoes on Dec 14, 2013 - 15 answers

How should I transport my steno machine?

I'm looking for a bag to carry my steno machine around in and was wondering if anyone had any ideas. [more inside]
posted by shipsthatburn on Jul 16, 2013 - 6 answers

Help me find a new laptop bag, mefi

I have a much-loved camera bag. I love the fabric, the way it feels to wear it and the fact that even when full it doesn't feel terribly heavy. I'd love to find a laptop bag that isn't a camera bag that's of a similar design and material, and has just-as-good durability. [more inside]
posted by gmb on Jun 5, 2013 - 4 answers

50% hip, 50% banker briefcase for my sweetie?

I'd like to buy the man in my life a briefcase or messenger bag, so he can stop hauling his work papers around in old redwells and plastic bags (!). Looking for something that's polished, yet somewhat stylish, and should also be comfortable for commuting by foot and public transport. Budget is up to $200, but could go a bit over for something really great. Ideas?
posted by anonymous on May 26, 2013 - 12 answers

Perfect weekend bag, do you exist? At a reasonble price?

I am looking for the perfect weekend bag that is not crazily expensive. [more inside]
posted by leedly on May 15, 2013 - 31 answers

Selling Comics on eBay

I'm tired of my four long boxes of comic books from my youth taking up closet space. I'm going to be selling them on eBay, as you do. I need your tips, tricks, and advice. [more inside]
posted by entropicamericana on May 13, 2013 - 5 answers

Adding a strap to a bag

Wondering if this is possible and where would I go to get this done-adding a strap to a bag that I bought [more inside]
posted by pakora1 on May 11, 2013 - 4 answers

Help find a discontinued bag, or something like it

I finally found the bag to replace my old worn out one, but before I could pull the trigger Duluth stopped selling it. I wanted the postmasters tote (link to old page) picture one, two, three. Does anyone know a third party still carrying it or anywhere that has a similar bag. I really liked the space, and look with the fire-hose and leather materials. I have found one old e-bay sale and no hits on the Chicago area Craigslist. I know the Green does great with bags, please help.
posted by dstopps on Mar 4, 2013 - 6 answers

Is there such a thing as a hip hip bag?

I'm looking for a bag that may or may not exist: a stylish hip bag that won't make me look either like I'm wearing a waiter's apron or like I'm on my way to a Renaissance Faire. [more inside]
posted by tomorrow on Feb 19, 2013 - 21 answers

Good source for used designer bags?

I'm looking for sites where you've had a good experience buying second-hand (preowned, preloved, &c.) designer bags--purses, clutches, and so forth. I am out of my depth, personally.
posted by sandettie light vessel automatic on Nov 25, 2012 - 5 answers

How can I train myself to have an appreciation and eye for the quality of higher-end clothing and accessories?

How do I judge the quality of luxury clothing and accessories? [more inside]
posted by letahl on Nov 12, 2012 - 18 answers

A Tablet Bag for the 7'' Masses

I've got a Nexus 7, and now it needs a nice bag to carry it and the things I take with it. Snowflakes follow. [more inside]
posted by Apropos of Something on Nov 7, 2012 - 9 answers

What is the recommended portable mouse and laptop backpack for an x230?

What is the recommended portable mouse and laptop backpack/bag for a Lenovo x230? [more inside]
posted by cycleback on Sep 27, 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

Recommend: black satchel bags for men

I'm looking for stylish black satchel bags, preferably made of canvas, for men. Budget: $300.
posted by Foci for Analysis on Sep 10, 2012 - 13 answers

It rubs the lotion on its skin. It does this whenever it is told.

Lots of leather, lots of products. Are leather care products interchangeable? [more inside]
posted by jadepearl on Aug 20, 2012 - 6 answers

In search of ultra light laptop bag

I lost the practically weightless (Muji) laptop bag of my dreams and it seems to be out of production. Please help me find it or something equivalent? [more inside]
posted by Salamandrous on Jul 13, 2012 - 9 answers

Identify this Bag?

What kind of bag is this? If I had to ask whether a shop had one in stock, what would I ask for? I first thought "messenger bag", but google pics show another style. Maybe a subspecies of the same thing?
posted by kreestar on Jul 11, 2012 - 8 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

Where can I find this Kawa-kawa bag?

Where can I buy this Kawa-kawa bag? [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster on Apr 28, 2012 - 8 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

Need the name of a fashion label with a picture of a running dog?

Looking for a fashion label with a picture of a running dog (or similar looking animal) in it's logo - not Puma. [more inside]
posted by svenni on Mar 27, 2012 - 10 answers

AustinFilter: Need small durable shoulder bag, approximately netbook sized or so.

AustinFilter: Austiners - where can I buy a durable bag for a male, today, that would hold something about the size of a netbook or a little bigger (a standard size notebook/messenger bag is too big) that has a shoulder strap for easy carryin' around? [more inside]
posted by bitterkitten on Mar 14, 2012 - 12 answers

Mesh grow bags in garden.

I was interested in growing vegetables in mesh produce bags. It seems to be the ideal way to grow plants. Good drainage, good aeration and able to setup anywhere. Any downside to growing in mesh produce bags versus plastic buckets? [more inside]
posted by boby on Mar 7, 2012 - 6 answers

What should I use to carry my stuff?

What type of bag/case should I get for my law clerk job? [more inside]
posted by arveale on Feb 2, 2012 - 14 answers

Help me find the perfect bag for 2012

I desire a new bag. Something sturdy to carry my laptop* and books in. Something I can easily kart around on my bicycle (on my back, shoulder, or otherwise a flexible paneer). I'm based in London, UK. Budget floating around £100ish. Give me inspiration people! [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Jan 3, 2012 - 18 answers

Need big, light bags/suitcases

Big, light luggage or alternative? I'll probably move overseas, want to take the max weight in my (checked) bags, hope to have as little weight as possible glommed up by the bags themselves. I'm okay with something not likely to last a long time and cheap is good, though at the risk of stating the obvious, don't want something real vulnerable to tearing on the flight(s) over there. Thanks for any suggestions you can share.
posted by ambient2 on Dec 12, 2011 - 11 answers

Do you know a good company that makes custom sized bread bags?

I need to order custom-sized paper bags to be part of the packaging of shipments of bread. The bags need to be large — hence the need to go custom. I'm thinking 12" x 18", and expandable enough to fit a height of 4-5". Most bags I've seen have a flat bottom, but are gusseted to expand — that's what I imagine ordering. Any recommendations on a place that could do this for me? NYC-specific would be great, but I'm willing to order from any company that can do it quickly and at an affordable price. We're talking orders in the 100s or 1000s, but most likely not in the 10,000s — at least to start. I'd need them to print a logo on the bags as well. They'd also need to keep in moisture and not get oily from the bread.
posted by defenestration on Aug 29, 2011 - 5 answers

Street Anthropologist

Where have you seen working-class people carrying their everyday stuff in high-end store bags (e.g., a Tiffany's bag)? [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on Jul 20, 2011 - 75 answers

How should I neatly store reusable bags in my trunk?

If you store your reusable grocery bags in your car trunk, how do you store them? [more inside]
posted by Eyebrows McGee on Jul 19, 2011 - 15 answers

Stylish & compact luggage

Are there bags comparable to the Patagonia MLC burrito that I should consider? [more inside]
posted by babbyʼ); Drop table users; -- on Jun 28, 2011 - 6 answers

We don't need no stinkin' checked luggage

Looking for the perfect TSA-friendly laptop + overnight bag. [more inside]
posted by Andrhia on Jun 4, 2011 - 8 answers

NYC messenger bag, bookbag, man bag, or whatever it's called

I'm interested in buying a "messenger bag," "book bag," "man bag," or whatever you want to call it, in NYC or online. I'm picky. Lots of specifications inside. [more inside]
posted by John Cohen on May 8, 2011 - 41 answers

Woman's Professional Laptop Sleeve/ Case

Need to find a cool laptop sleeve / bag for a professional Mom in Charlotte, NC. [more inside]
posted by unccivil on Dec 21, 2010 - 8 answers

Please help me find swimming goggles that won't leave marks under my eyes.

Please help me find swimming goggles that won't turn me into a raccoon! [more inside]
posted by funkiwan on Dec 13, 2010 - 12 answers

Seeking a new work and travel bag, when the one I really want I cannot afford!

Seeking a new work and travel bag, when the one I really want I cannot afford! I'm looking for a bag to use for the next 10+ years as a work bag and when I travel. [more inside]
posted by wingless_angel on Nov 30, 2010 - 14 answers

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