Archive for the 'one bag' Category

what the…?

December 18, 2007

flo backpack

I’m skeptical. When this comes out I don’t see it lasting long, from either the lack of demand or the durability. The way this works is it can basically change size by snapping in some other shell, that you probably keep in your storage unit with all your Millenium Falcon and Star Wars stuff. I don’t see the snapping parts working togther very well. Unless it’s Rubbermaid or something like that. I bet it would be easy to wash, just throw it in the dishwasher. The idea is at least practical.
via[gizmodo]

[yanko]

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AnnushKa – Courier Bag

September 5, 2007

annushka

This handmade courier bag is washable and looks great with anything (for those of you who like to match your bags). My definition of practical doesn’t include matching. In some cases making a bag match would be less practical because you might have to change your outfit for the day or change your bag. In my male frame of mind this is not practical. But for you bag-matching types a bag that matches anything is quite practical.

This is a great basic 1 pocket bag that would work great as a woman’s purse or a manbag.

$30 [product page]

Thanks Anna!

Henk – not a suitcase

September 1, 2007

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henk

Practicality by definition is something easy and logical. Henk is that in everyway except in price. This non-suitcase goes for $28,000 USD. Yep that’s not a typo, twenty-eight thousand dollars. Obviously for the ultra rich. So if you love practical bags this one is really that except for the price, and for that much it better butter my bread and change my baby’s diapers. Well maybe it won’t change diapers but it was designed for sitting on it if need be.

Product Page

via[cool hunting]

You can tell a lot about a person by what they carry

August 14, 2007

whatsinmybag - flickr

There are several places where you can see what people carry with them in their bags. The best, I think, is from Flickr. People take pictures of what they have in their bags and you can look through them. It’s like airport screening except these people are doing this voluntarily.

On Flickr search for whatsinmybag

Lifehacker made a similar attempt

photo by splitbrain

Built NY – Duffel

July 30, 2007

BuiltNY -Duffel
The largest bag by Built NY is their duffel. Put it all in this bag, a great recommendation when trying to follow the one bag rule.
$99.99 [product page]

I’ve also raved about Built NY laptop sleeves.

New York City in a Bag

November 3, 2006

New York City in a bag

I couldn’t resist. At least it comes in a bag, but this is a pretty cool toy for kids.

As irresistible to adults as it is to children, MUJI’s New York in a Bag comes with nine wooden city structures and six wooden cars. Included are New York City icons such as the Chrysler Building, the Statue of Liberty, the Guggenheim Museum, and MoMA’s original 1939 building . The wood is from sustainable forests. Recommended for ages 4 and up.

From the MoMA online store $14.

via [outblush]

Pac Man Bag

October 25, 2006

christy quilts - pacman bag

I want this to come in a backpack. I love this. So classic. My parents never did get us an Atari as kids. We went down to the neighbors to play theirs and so I never got that good at Pac Man. I never was a fan of Ms. Pac Man. I was die hard for the original. $32.00 at etsy.com (but it may be sold out).

via [neatorama] and [smidigt.se]

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]

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.