Carry-all bag for Travelling Geek

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Pak^Man, Nov 6, 2013.

  1. Pak^Man macrumors regular

    Jul 28, 2008
    Columbus, OH
    Hi All,

    I’m a self professed gadget-head and travel frequently for work, including internationally (where certain airlines are extreme sticklers for in-cabin luggage allowances). I have been searching for the perfect bag for years, as evident by the 8 or so that I currently own. But I’m still looking for the perfect ONE bad that I can use for 90-100% of my needs when it comes to air travel.

    So I thought I’d reach out to the community at MR for help.

    I’m looking for a messenger bag (strongly preferred), but a good bag pack will do. Needs to be strong, but light. External pockets are always a huge plus when travelling.

    Ideally, I’d like bag that has different compartments, so that things stay organized, and will not cave into a giant mess as I remove items to go through security. Currently I’m using a medium or large Timbuk2 commute with a camera insert if needed, but those aren't the best from an organizational standpoint.

    Here’s what I usually carry:

    1. Work laptop (Lenovo X220) + charger
    2. Personal laptop (MBA 11”…. Soon to be replaced by a rMBP 13”) w Apple USB DVD Drive
    3. iPad2 for work & iPad Mini for play
    4. Apple wireless keyboard & magic mouse
    5. NewerTech Guardian MAXimus mini:
    6. External battery pack for iPads
    7. iPhone 5 in Mophie Air case (personal) + iPhone 5s (work)
    8. A bunch of cables, chargers, international adapters, memory cards, usb dives, etc.
    9. Noise cancelling earbuds + Bose standard earbuds
    10. A few software disks (DVD)
    11. 2x legal pads, with pens

    Nice to haves:

    12- Nikon D90 with Sigma 17-50mm 2.8 lens & flash gun (only sometimes; but it’s a big item)
    13- Thinkvision 14” portable monitor:

    Can you guys recommend something that would 1-11 comfortably, and maybe even 12 ideally, with room for some papers and files if needed?

    I appreciate the help!
  2. arsimoun macrumors member

    Jan 24, 2013

    I am a huge fan of Billingham photo bags. Quality construction. I had one for almost thirty years before I had to break down and buy a new one. It had been on six continents and a whole lot of duress with no fuss nor muss. Take a look at the 550 and see if it does what you want.

    Good luck.

    Adam Rodman
  3. wheels0417 macrumors newbie

    Nov 7, 2013
    I just posted about which is the best portable monitor. How do you like the 14" ThinkVision, would you recommend it/review it?
  4. SamMiller0 macrumors member


    Aug 17, 2004
    San Jose, CA
  5. Svend macrumors member

    Jan 27, 2010
    I have one of these and it's perfect. When I travel, I usually carry a similar amount of stuff as you and this holds everything just fine with room to spare.

    On a side note, I carry too much stuff.

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