Archive for September, 2006

Laundry Bag = Timbuk2 Duffel Bag

September 27, 2006

Timbuk2 Duffle
I recieved one of those marketing emails from Timbuk2. It was advertising their Duffel Bag as a laundry bag. Not a bad idea. They even listed the quantity of clothes you could carry. In the Large Duffel ($100) it is advertised that you can carry:

12 tees

4 pairs of jeans

2 hoodies

a roll of quarters

6-pack of pbr

Cheesy Poofs & Peanut Butter Cups

or 244 socks

I’m really curious as to the testing of these bags. Were the cheesy poofs crushed? Why not a King Size Snickers? Perhaps if Timbuk2 sent me a duffel, I could verify.

I guarantee I could fit more in the Small Duffel ($60) than they could, this is all they could manage:

3 tees

2pairs of jeans

1 hoodie

handfull of quarters

a book

or

77 socks

Probably the coolest feature is this:

An internal compression strap helps squeeze the contents to assist zipping the bag shut.

That’s perfect for squeezing extra laundry in there. They also have a Medium size for $80.

By the way you can spell duffel as duffle too.

[product page]

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Camo Laptop Sleeve by Flicka

September 23, 2006

Flicka Laptop Sleeve

  • padded
  • waterproof lining
  • nifty handle
  • reinforced exterior
  • top zipper
  • camo could replace your mud flaps – look closely

[product page] $40

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Bag of Holding: for Geeks

September 23, 2006

Bag of Holding

A bag of holding makes reference to the game Dungeons & Dragons. Give this bag as a gift to your nerdy loved one. [product page] $27.99

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Lexie Barnes Darling Stroller Bag

September 23, 2006

Lexie Barnes Darling Stroller Bag

Pockets are essential to any baby bag. This bag has 5 interior pockets, 2 front pockets, 2 mesh pockets and 1 slim rear pocket. It comes with a changing pad. [product page]$95

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Shoulder bag named "Blogger" by Timbuk2

September 21, 2006

Timbuk2 Blogger Timbuk2 Blogger
I’ve always liked the bags by Timbuk2. They make some pretty cool handy stuff that looks good too. Like this one which fits a 15″ laptop and of course is made the same quality material as their other bags. The reason I really like this bag is that it is very simple. It’s got the three main compartments for your laptop, regular stuff and small stuff. Isn’t that all you really carry around anyway? I’m curious though if they made the bag for bloggers in mind and decided to call it “Blogger” or if they made a bag and decided that if they named it “Blogger” all the bloggers would talk about it. Either way you choose it’s working. It’s $80 [product page].
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Thule Go Box: Organize the stuff in your car

September 13, 2006

Thule Go Box

While some may not say this is a “bag”, it is. It’s a bag for the trunk of your car. Keep all that junk in the back from sloshing around on your roadtrip.

My grandma was a true roadtripper. Constantly on the road, she would come to visit and her trunk was always packed to the max. She even kept her sewing machine and Bosch mixer in the back of her car at all times. She was only at her home a couple months of the year, the rest of the time was spent driving to see relatives, friends, the countryside. Too bad this wasn’t invented then. It would be the perfect size to carry grandmotherly nessecities into the relatives house for a week. This box is the ultimate orgainizer for your trunk. It features:

  • waterproof bottom to keep spilled milk from messing up your trunk, or to keep the contents of the box dry, whichever you choose
  • its collapsable so if you don’t have anything to put in it, it doesn’t take up much space
  • handy dandy handles for hauling all the picnic stuff from the house to the car
  • smaller pockets for keys, children, small items you want to keep in the trunk
  • no skid rubber pads to keep your stuff from playing “corners”
  • 24″ x 14″ x 12″ is big enough for a sewing machine

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Naptop: a place for your laptop to sleep.

September 11, 2006

naptop

Set up the tent in the backyard, it’s a slumber party! A nice, warm, comfy place where your laptop can finally get some much needed sleep. The original sleeping bag for your laptop at naptop. Ranging from $30-40.

Tote: I do not have a blog.

September 11, 2006

I do not have a blog

Will the owner of this natural canvas tote please step forward.

Yes, Your Honor.

How do you plead?

Not guilty.

So you do have a blog?

Yessir.

via [purseblog] [product page] $17.99

Top Ten Coolest Laptop Cases

September 7, 2006

RadTech MacTruck

Product Dose has a great post declaring the top ten coolest laptop cases. Pretty impressive.

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Carry only one bag wherever you go – the One Bag Rule

September 7, 2006

Everywhere I go, I see people carrying two, three, sometimes four bags with them. While sometimes it is unavoidable (groceries, shopping etc), many times it is not. We’ve all had to carry more than one bag great lengths, and it’s really annoying. You arrive at the airport and you have your bag to check, your carry-on or purse, your laptop bag, and maybe you bought or will buy a book or a snack for the flight. You are now responsible for four different bags. I will counsel you against this and teach you how to walk through life freely carrying everything you need in one bag. There is no freedom like leaving for a vacation walking through the airport with one hand empty and one hand easily pulling everything you’ll need for the entire trip. This is a minimalist type of living so if you are not into simplifying your life feel free to look through the nice bags on this site, leave a donation, but there is no need to read the rest of this article.

5 things you can do to follow the One Bag Rule.

1- Spend the money and get a good quality, well-designed everyday bag.
This doesn’t apply to your everyday bag only. Get a good camera bag, laptop bag, work bag, tool bag. With the right bag you will be able to carry everything you need without having to carry another bag.

You get what you pay for. Save up, do some research and get a real bag. This means if you carry a laptop don’t be afraid to spend around $200 on a good bag. Don’t get it at an office store. Get it from a high-end luggage store or other specialty store that carries quality bags. You want the bag to protect your laptop, store your laptop and finally look good. Don’t buy the first bag you look at. Take your three bags into the store and spend an hour putting all your stuff into the one prospective bag and test it out. Ladies if you must have a fashionable bag please don’t get a fashion bag that holds a laptop. Get a laptop bag that is fashionable. Function first on this one. If you travel a lot you’ll want to be able to pull it out and put it back easily for the security check.

2- Nest your bags.
Ladies this is for you. Get a nice small purse that you love. Keep only the essentials inside it and keep it in your tote or bag. If you have a lot of stuff get some cubes or smaller bags to keep your stuff organized inside your one bag. This is especially great when your one bag is luggage for your trip. I have a laptop sleeve that I keep my laptop in and just switch it between my messenger bag and backpack (the disadvantage to my laptop sleeve strategy is that I have to take the sleeve out then the laptop out when going through airport security).

3- Always carry a bag that will have extra room.
This is especially important when you go on vacation. After your relaxing vacation, you head to the airport with your suitcase, tote, camera bag, the token extra-large souvenier, gifts for the grandkids whatever. And by the time you are home, your refreshed feeling is already worn out from trying to carry all these things. If you have a large souvenier, ship it. It will be waiting for you when you get home and less likely to be broken.

In college I knew this girl who carried a big backpacking backpack everywhere, because it held all the stuff she needed for classes, sports, social, everything. She needed a big bag for all of that, but she only had to carry one bag. Her hands were free to jive, throw snowballs, etc.- very liberating.

4- Keep your bag clean.
Don’t pass this tip over. This is just as important as getting a good bag. You will find this suprisingly motivating in your daily one-bag strategy. Lose some of the junk that you carry everyday but never use. If you look in your wallet and there are reciepts from 6 months ago you are probably guilty of not cleaning out your bag as well. All the junk you keep is dead weight and takes up space. That extra power adapter, expired Starbucks giftcard, multiple pens, parafinalia from the last three seminars, crushed manilla folder, all must go. One pen is enough. Keep one good pen in your bag, throw all the cheap pens out. I always keep better track of one pen better than several pens. Clean out your bag regularly, this will leave room for other things. Cleaning up your bag will help clear your head and it just feels good. It will help you to keep your life simple and mono-bagged.

5- Your one bag for the day must have at least one separate easy access compartment.
Duh!? Thanks, um but I knew that. But you’d be suprised how many bags out there either don’t have an easy access compartment or the easy access compartment is not really easy access. You don’t find this out until after you’ve bought it. This applies to luggage, a daypack and even a tote, but you can be more leanient on this rule for a tote. Just keep in mind the small items you will not want to go searching for in the main hold.

You’ll want the compartment to be on the outside, a single zipper or snap that will easily keep your keys, wallet, phone, glasses case, whatever. Compartments with straight zippers are easier than curved zippers. I got a piece of luggage for Christmas and it came with this free “toiletries” case. The zipper was so curvy for this fairly small case I hated it. It was like 20 feet long and took an hour just to unzip it. You’ll want the easy access compartment big enough for your fist to fit into to grab something. If not it will probably not big enough and it’s a pain to fish out your keys from a pocket too small with just your fingertips.

Good luck! Let me know how your One Bag strategies work out.