Archive for August, 2006

6 reasons for packing with cubes

August 17, 2006

Packing for me is an art. I enjoy consolidating my life into one bag. My wife leaves it to me to pack our suitcase, pack the car, pack whatever needs a Tetris-like packing job. Cubes make packing so organized. Organized = Easy. So here are my reasons for packing with cubes:

1. You can pack an outfit per cube

2. When you have worn an outfit, you can repack clothing into cubes to go straight to the wash when you get home. This keeps your clean and dirty clothes separated (I say this because when we go on trips we end up putting our kids’ clothes in the suitcase with ours, and within 24hours of arrival it is in one big heap. Keeping things organized is key.

3. Organizing your sharp knives and hair gel in cubes will make it easier for the TSA to rifle search through and confiscate your hazardous items.

4. It makes it easier to find things, while living out of a suitcase.

5. It keeps your footprint smaller when staying with relatives or friends. This is helpful to not “wear out your welcome” before its time to catch your flight back home.

6. Use a larger cube to keep a child’s belongings separate within your own suitcase.

Ebags packing cubeseBags packing cubes

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Laptop and Camera in one bag – Naneu Pro Military Ops Sierra

August 16, 2006

Naneu Pro Military Ops SierraGizmodo posted an interesting new bag today. Perfect for holding your really expensive DSLR camera with enough room for a 6.5 inch lens and your 12 inch laptop and a couple more lenses and accessories. So once you fill up your memory card with lots of pictures, download and preview them with the laptop you stowed in the same bag. Pretty Genius.

Check out the product page.

Cartier Alligator Bag: Not practical

August 15, 2006

Cartier Alligator Bag

This bag is the most expensive bag I could find on Their price for this bag is $5,999.85, while it supposedly normally lists for $14,175. Let’s note the reasons this bag is not practical, all of which are listed on Amazon under Recommended Care (um, beside the price).

The following guidelines are recommended:

* Avoid the prolonged exposure of your handbag to light, heat, and humidity.

* Avoid overloading the bag, as it may stretch out of shape. After use, stuff the bag with tissue paper and store it.

* Do not use leather care products of any sort (including polish). If your bag is lightly scratched, pat it with a soft cotton cloth. In case of contact with water, dab the surface carefully with a natural-colored cloth.

Practical means durable, sturdy, easy to take care of, inexpensive. This bag fails at all of those. If you can afford this bag you can probably afford someone to hold it for you while you are driving around in your Rolls. The guidelines sound oddly similar to caring for a baby.

High Voltage Messenger Bag

August 14, 2006

Fractal Spin High Voltage Messenger Bag

This bag is aimed at the Geek in you, and or at least it seems that way from Fractal Spin’s product description.

Though it’s probably not big enough for a non-12″-Powerbook-laptop (nor expressly waterproof nor padded), it is the perfect size to lug around the essentials–a PDA, an iPod, memory cards, your cellphone / smartphone, digital camera, wallet, and some nosh. There is a nice big pocket on the inside under the flap to hold more stuff, like a bunch of O’Reilly guides or a stack of gadget zines…

If the high voltage strap isn’t a dead give away, then the mention of the O’Reilly guides really makes the geek in me scream “I WANT THIS”.

Wool messenger bag

August 5, 2006

kultbagThis bag is a great find. Perfect for keeping your stowed items warm in the upcoming cold months. Made from recycled Swiss Army stuff.

From Kultbag

original swiss army blanket ouside, and inside original swiss army tent-tarp oliv or camouflage, many inner pockets, shoulder belt and lap belt on the back for the bikers


Civilian Loader – Utility+Gear+Rugged=very cool manbag

August 3, 2006

Civilian Loader RGCivilian Loader RGOnce in a while I come across a bag so cool that… you could frame it. This is the case with the Civilian Loader. While it looks are worthy of framing it would be stupid since this thing is 100% purpose driven design. It begs to be used.
I wish I had this bag on my trip to London. I wish I had this bag during college. I wish I had this bag when I go skiing. I wish I had this bag. You can find this bag at
via uncrate