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I'm looking for a single travel solution for carrying both my laptop (and its stuff) and a conjoined but separable bag for clothes & toiletries.

Ideally, one "thing" at the airport, through security and on the plane. Once at my destination, two bags. Only need space for 5-6 days of clothes at a time. And I don't need to take my extra clothes to work, so a separate/normal setup for the computer and its bits & pieces.

My instincts want a soft sided, over-the-shoulder bag, but an acceptable alternative is a single hard & secure case (for two separate bags inside) that I can check - then I can fly with a little bag with a change of clothes, audio player, book, etc.


asked Jan 03 '12 at 16:56

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answered Jan 24 '14 at 01:17

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I've had good luck stowing a small laptop case inside this bag: http://www.rei.com/product/803307/osprey-porter-46-travel-pack


answered Jan 09 '12 at 15:25

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I really like the eBags Weekender eTech Convertible, a backpack-style laptop bag with a lot of room for clothes and gear. Overhead compartment is no problem, and I have often fit it under my seat.

This is best for 2-4 days; however, I did do 6 days in China, packing tightly using packing cubes, though that's about the limit without rewashing. eBags's own-brand gear is really well-made and thoughtfully designed; my only desire is a similar bag in a wheeled version.


answered Jan 06 '12 at 21:58

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Having had to run a good quarter of a mile from Southwest to American due to a cancellation I can't say enough about having a spinner bag. Even though it was inexpensive, ( $50, from Ross)the Olympia roll aboard is one of the best bags I've ever used. The big advantage of 4 wheels is that you can push it beside you. It has an external pocket that would fit a moderate size laptop in a sleeve so that it could easily be removed to go through security.


answered Jan 06 '12 at 17:01

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Peter Valleau

That should be "Tom Bihn Brain Cell" as a laptop sleeve….the Brain Bag is a backpack.


answered Jan 06 '12 at 16:30

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I use both the AirBoss and Tom Bihn's Aeronaut bags depending upon where I'm going and the range of weather to be encountered. The AirBoss's center section is padded well enough that you don't need much around your laptop…especially if you've packed the two sandwiching side sections with this in mind. That said, Bihn's "Brain Bag" laptop sleeves are great for putting your computer into a soft sided luggage bag that might get poked, shoved, or squeezed into various overhead or underseat storage areas. Bihn also makes a nice set of interior packing bags and one of these fits the center (main) section of the Aeronaut…and also doubles as an impromptu backpack in the event that you acquire somethings along the way or want a light duty day pack before or on your return flight. I have to fly out of an airport that sees mostly small commuter planes with horrid overhead bins and only underseat storage on the two-seater side of the plane, and then only on the aisle seat, if that. If it looks like I will have to gatecheck my carryon (some airlines get downright tight about this), then the Bihn emergency back pack interior bag can hold my camera gear for the duration of the flight. 5-6 days is a good fit for these bags if you are smart about what you pack and what you wear. One expensive-ish fix is the Traveller's Vest made by Filson. It has a vast number of zippered interior pockets and front sleeve pockets that easily carry my iPad (in a bluetooth keyboard case), my iPod, my phone, a small camera, my Kindle, a moleskin-like note book, my passport and all documents, etc. So when going through TSA, all I have to do is put it in a bin. If you own one of their lighter weight waxed-canvas (and less stiff) jackets, it can be zipped in and thus hide an entire layer of pockets from anyone looking to pick yours…they'd have to go through three zippers.


answered Jan 06 '12 at 16:13

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There's only one answer to this: The Tom Binh TriStar

3 way carry (handle, shoulder, backpack), no wheels. I've traveled with it for 3 days to 18 days. It fits any overhead in any plane including the EU discount carriers.


answered Jan 05 '12 at 17:44

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Jeremy Smith

I have a BBP Hamptons XL case. http://www.bbpbags.com/hamptons.html But they have a bigger one, the Hauler. I carry the BBP bag on the plane with a change of clothes and gate-check a cheap but good quality bag with clothes and stuff.


answered Jan 05 '12 at 17:43

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My question is: why a single solution? Is there something about this that you need/want? Because otherwise I'd recommend something similar to everyone else's answer: a minimal laptop bag (I use one from BuiltNY) and put that inside the carry-on of your choice.


answered Jan 05 '12 at 13:12

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Peter Rabinowitz

edited Jan 05 '12 at 13:12

I'm also an AirBoss user - fairly frequent journeys to and from the UK and Channel Islands.

There are lots of places that will explain the pros and cons of soft-sided bags vs wheelies, so I won't rehash any of them. But I've never regretted going down that route (even if when you add in delivery and import duty it was eye-wateringly expensive)

I combine it with a very cheap thin supermarket bought 17" laptop bag (£8 iirc) that sits neatly in the centre section and keep an IPad / ereader etc in that.


answered Jan 05 '12 at 12:07

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