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I've finally settled on generally packing everything for my travels in Pelican cases & checking them. I'm now searching for a bag to use in-flight and in-car. No laptop to carry (that BMF's in the Pelican). Something to keep my pockets empty through TSA chokepoints, and organized before & beyond.

Just Kindle, car GPS, MP3 gizmo, phone, camera, chargers, rain jacket, tickets, receipts, Platypus. Extra room for whatever. Probably add my netbook (no tablet yet).

I was thinking about the padded compartments of a camera case, but none I've seen have adequate non-camera/bulk space. I've been looking, too, at Shooter's/Tactical stuff, but nothing's jumped out so far.

I've overlooking something - I'm excited to see your suggestions!


asked Apr 13 '12 at 08:07

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Wayne R

edited Apr 19 '12 at 03:58

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This is a pretty inexpensive solution that has a couple higher security pockets that I keep my kindle fire in and you could pair it with some of the above Grid-It systems to make room. It also has separate compartments that could be used for the platypus especially if you wont be carrying a full sized laptop. It's got a lot of logo on it though but it's a nice clean solid color, at least in the all black one I have. However, I don't know if you want a backpack or something more "professional" in appearance (i.e. single strap messenger style or brief case type). I really like some of the Maxpedition tactical bags but I think they look a little extreme with the MOLLE system to be dragging through the airport. They are more suited to the outdoors.


answered Jun 13 '12 at 17:29

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Another vote for Tom Bihn (tombihn.com). A lot of Cool Tool readers are fans of his wonderful made-in-the-USA bags.

For your needs, you will probably really like the Co-Pilot shoulder bag or Synapse backpack, although there are many other sizes and styles to choose from.

I can't speak highly enough of his stuff. Nothing ever falls apart, and his customers are very loyal.... they even have a very active online forum! Check it out!


answered Jun 12 '12 at 11:53

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Zuca pro for Anything travel related. Using this for the Heavy stuff. http://www.zuca.com/ Bulletproof, Very happy customer after destroying too many bags to count. This one may seem pricey but I Swear It's the best money I've ever spent.

Tamrac Model 153 World Correspondent's Vest for the personal entertainment batteries and cables. Throw the wallet, keys, Phone, Jewelry, MP3 player, passport etc. in any one of the 5 zippered pockets. Plenty of velcro pockets left over for anything else you might want. Zipper everything up ahead of time and toss it in the plastic tray to run through the x-ray machine. Almost5 time for a new one of these.


answered Jun 09 '12 at 21:21

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For $18.81, there is no better case for electronics. AmazonBasics Universal Travel Case for Small Electronics and Accessories (Black). http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002VPE1QG/ref=oh_details_o05_s00_i01. Compact to a fault. Hard shell outside. Brushed poly inside has many zippered and variously sized pockets. cannot be beat.


answered Jun 07 '12 at 20:11

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For a courier bag, CourierWare. I've been using their bags for over 20 years (I just wore out my original bag a few years ago) and they're great people with a great product. US-made, if that makes a difference.

Another possibility is Red Oxx, perhaps the Gator or the larger Safari-Beanos PR4, or even the Roadster Mini Ruck Rucksack. I have a PR5 and it is awesome for traveling. It swallows stuff like Kobayashi swallows hot dogs. I haven't had any problems fitting it in overhead bins or under seats or checking it. And its construction is practically bullet-proof. Also US-made.


answered Jun 07 '12 at 06:53

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Like many others have said, get something from Maxpedition. They have a huge range of styles and colours (not all look tactical), it is easily customised (they have a huge rage of pouches and other accessories although many models already have numerous slots and pockets) and the materials and build quality is second to none, I have had an MPB as my main work bag for seven years in a harsh desert environment and it has no discernable wear at all, most people are lucky to get two years out of a nylon bag here. They are also extremely good value in my opinion, not the cheapest but you will never wear it out. If you want another opinion, Jack Bauer uses Mapedition as his bag. There are lots of reviews on line. Check the sizes though if buying on line, some bags look bigger than they are, some look smaller.


answered Jun 07 '12 at 03:16

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Just chiming in here to add my vote for Maxpedition gear. It's all very durable and the tac-tie system lets you semi-permanently add additional pouches.

I'm not going to recommend a specific model though, but I'll advice you to take a look at both their Versipack and Gearslinger series. The former are single-sling side-carry bags, while the latter are single-sling back-carry bags. Both series come in different sizes. Take stock of the stuff you want to carry, add some margin, and see which model fits your needs.

My regular setup is a Jumbo S-Type Versipack (s-type = left-side carry), with a phone-holster attached. When I travel, I normally add the Janus for easy access to things like passports and travel documents. Sometimes I also add an M1 waistpack (which can be attached using tac-ties). For hikes, I have the 32oz Nalgene bottle, for which the Jumbo has a special, collapsible compartment at the rear.

One thing to keep in mind: Don't trust the photo's on the Maxpedition website. Their regular bag-showing guy is tiny, so the bags look bigger than they really are.

Also, don't be put off by Maxpedition's focus on CCW (Carrying concealed weapon). The CCW compartment is ideal to keep quick access items (My keys and wallet are in there).

Hope this helps,



answered Jun 07 '12 at 00:02

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edited Jun 07 '12 at 00:06

You could also check out scottevest.com for travel clothing designed to replace or at least reduce the need for carry-on luggage.


answered Jun 06 '12 at 21:09

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edited Jun 06 '12 at 21:10

Check out Tom Bihn (www.tombihn.com) for a variety of travel bags: backpacks, accessory bags, small carry-ons, briefcases, laptop cases, whatever. Built for one-baggers, and built to last!


answered Jun 06 '12 at 19:47

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edited Jun 06 '12 at 19:47

How about Grid-It with whatever bag you want? http://www.cocooninnovations.com/grid.php

The GRID-IT!™ organization system is a proprietary patent pending object retention system. A unique weave of rubberized elastic bands made specifically to hold personal objects firmly in place.


answered Jun 06 '12 at 15:13

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