I am always in the market for a good travel bag.
But I do have strict requirements.
First and foremost, it must be light. My goal is to avoid stress on neck
and shoulders and subsequent visits to a Physio.
.Once it passes the Jeanne test for lightness
(involves a number of curious arm movements).
I consider the following:
A bag should be able to stand up to travel wear and tear.
Up, down, over and under..dirt and scuffs make their mark.
The only drawback to black is when it is used in an interior lining.
Separating black from black items in a bag is a nuisance.
A long sturdy, comfortable and adjustable strap is a must.
If you are going to spend a day hauling a bag around, it has to be comfortable.
I often go cross shoulder to easily get in and out of a bag.
For smarter occasions, I like to be able to adjust for a simple over the shoulder.
The ability to hold a camera or two is a huge bonus.
An extra pocket here or there for essentials is handy as well.
I prefer width in a bag to easily locate belongings.
There is nothing worse than digging to the ends of the earth
to find what you are looking for. I like to look in a bag and find something quickly.
I came across the Barbour Quilted Tarras bags (below) in quilted nylon
and was impressed by them. Between the two, I quite like the Tarras bag.
It weights next to nothing. :)
Barbour Tarras bag in Quilted Nylon
Barbour Quilted Mail Bag
I have not purchased one yet. I have long been a fan of the Longchamp Le Pliage Tote,
but I have to say, I just might travel 'to the other side' on this one.
Barbour has a lot of great choices.
You can view them here.
How do you fare on travel bags?
What is as the top of your priority list?