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[Photo: Booqbags] Having the perfect bag that can handle your unique load is essential. Get something without adequate padding and you might be saying hello to a cracked laptop. Having a bag that knocks your leg the wrong way when walking, or makes you tilt to […]

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Having the perfect bag that can handle your unique load is essential. Get something without adequate padding and you might be saying hello to a cracked laptop. Having a bag that knocks your leg the wrong way when walking, or makes you tilt to one side and strains your back isn’t good either.

That’s why choosing a bag that’s the right fit for you, and your devices is extremely important. Ok, it’s not all that important in the scheme of things, but if you’re a bag addict like me than it might be. In my never-ending hunt for the perfect bag, I thought it would be fun to jot my notes down on what goes through my mind when I consider a bag to carry my goodies.

How do you start? Take a record of all the tools that you must carry throughout the day. Maybe you have a laptop, pens, notebook, iPod, and a USB storage drive that you always carry. Now write up a list of occasional tools, devices and material like magazines, books, and files. These do play a part in the selection. Ok, so I’m going to assume that for the most part, all webworkers tend to have a laptop that they truck around to their second office (Starbucks as an example), client meetings, business partners, associates, and investor’s offices.

For this, we need a secure snug location. If your laptop is a 15″, get a bag that accommodates that. Any bigger and its going to be swimming around in that sucker, bouncing off of your leg, picking up momentum and Charlie horsing that guy in front of you in line. Shoulder bag, backpack, or messenger bag, you decide what style works best for you. Or what the heck, get one of each! Shoulder attaché’s are great for meetings, backpacks and messenger bags are for nice casual trips to cafes and restaurants to work, or impromptu casual meetings. Keeping your tools list at top of mind, its time to start the selection process.

There are a number of great online locations where you could purchase bags. Of course it’s always great to actually try bags on to see how they fit, so hunt out physical locations that carry your bag of choice. You never know, they might be having a sale! Which could mean that getting two is now viable! Here are my next bag choices, based on my specific criteria. Main criteria set, a comfortable bag for my cat to sleep on. He’s going to sleep on it anyways, so I guess I might as well make it comfortable.

I have the usual goodies in there like a laptop, pens, notebooks, and maybe a book, magazine and iPod. Booq bags, Brenthaven, Burton, and Mobile Edge. They all make strong, durable bags, with plenty of useful storage areas, which all fit in to what I need. What do you look for in the perfect bag? Can you recommend any bags that have done right by you?

  1. Hello, my name is Jana and I’m a bag addict too! :-)

    Thanks for the new pointers. I had not seen the Burton bag.

    My latest fav is Briggs & Riley’s backpack briefcase. Lots of crannies for holding wires, reasonable size to keep me from breaking my back, etc.

    I’m also interested in trying these convertible bags from Zwei, only available in Europe now. I’ll pick one up soon to test.

    Hope these help!
    Jana

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  2. I am a big fan of the timbuk2 “blogger”. Bought it last year just before the portable media expo. I hauled an ibook plus recording equipment and swag for two days. Now it hauls my Macbook and a host of other items I need for my “real job”. (a social worker) It looks good, comfortable and holds everything I need. Only thing I would add is an external pocket and a couple more internal pockets.

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  3. Traveling light is one of my highest priorities (to illustrate the point, I have my wallet contents down to just 2 charge cards, 1 ATM card, 2 IDs, cash, and sometimes one card with some to-dos/reminders on it), so I prefer a laptop sleeve that I can pack into the smallest bag necessary for my immediate purpose. All other accoutrements (writing utensils, paper, gadgets, etc.) are handy and self-contained and I can throw them in as needed.

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  4. I’ve recently went on a bag diet and picked myself up an STM Medium Loft bag. http://www.stmbags.com.au/shoulderbags great small lightweight bag.

    -jeff
    http://blog.zemote.com

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  5. I just got my very first Macbook in the mail this morning, so this is a very poignant and timely article for me, as if I hadn’t spent enough money already.

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  6. [...] if you need help chosing a bag check this post on Web Worker Daily. They start out with a tip to make a list of all the things you WANT to kep in a bag and then [...]

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  7. I am also a big fan of the Timbuk2 line of bags. Quite frankly I think you could find one for almost anything you need to haul. I have the Commute XL. Even though I have a Toshiba with a 15.4″ screen, I bought the Commute XL because it can accommodate a 17″ PowerBook/MacBook Pro with plenty-o-space to spare. I also did a day trip for an interview and between the Commute XL and a moderate sized Jansport backpack I was able to pack my laptop and all of my mobile geekery (iPod, Blackberry, accessories for both and small peripherals for the laptop, pens), along with a few toiletries, a novel, and a leather portfolio into the Commute XL. Please don’t assume this was light to carry through two airports, but it worked and was an efficient way for me to travel. Timbuk2 now has a better offering of backpacks which might suit you if you have a larger laptop or tend to carry more weight. Remember you can usually find Timbuk2 bags at ebags.com for a discount.

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  8. Im surprised no one has mentioned the australian Crumpler Bags. They definitely rock. coming in all sizes and believe me they are ultradurable. Even though the site is a little too whacky for my taste.

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  9. A list of the Top 10 Metrosexual Man Bags, as well as my personal recommendation for Vaja’s Messenger and Laptop bags that are unique and topnotch in quality.

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  10. I have a Targus Urban messenger and I love it, but it’s too small, it’ll fit my macbook pro and some wires, my phone, diary and a small folder, but that’s about it…

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