Nerd Bags: How 5 Yahoo Tech Writers Keep It All Together
What’s the best bag for traveling when you’ve got a lot of tech to carry? This is not a product decision that can be made by looking at spec sheets. Different people carry different amounts of gear, but more importantly, different people organize differently, or want their travel accessories to look a certain way: stylish, or stealth, or perhaps business-warrior.
All the editors and writers at Yahoo Tech have their own preferred carry-on bags. Here’s what we pack when we hit the road. We think you can tell a lot about our personalities by our choices.
This messenger bag is comfortable to wear, holds a lot, and doesn’t look terribly out of place with a sport coat. Most importantly, it’s TSA-friendly. The laptop compartment unzips on three sides and hinges out from the main bag so you can lay the whole thing flat in the airport scanner. You don’t have to remove your laptop. And since it’s “hinged” at the top, when you pick up the bag by the handle, the whole thing just kind of falls back into the right configuration and you can zip it back together later. Other, inferior TSA-compliant bags hinge at the bottom, so the laptop section falls downward. If you’ve forgotten to zip the laptop compartment closed and this happens, your computer will fall onto the floor.
Who else uses this bag? David Pogue. In 2012, while at the New York Times, he also wrote about this great carry-on.
What could be better: Those nice-looking silver slide-on flap clasps come undone if you look at them funny. Standard clip-tabs would be better.
Where to get it: Timbuk2
A few years ago, my wife got me this messenger bag as a Christmas present, and it’s accompanied me on almost every trip since. Like any messenger bag, it efficiently and comfortably distributes the weight of a laptop and other travel accessories across my body, with sufficient capacity to carry a couple of days’ worth of clothes if necessary. On the inside, multiple smaller pockets hold chargers, cables, business cards and all of the other items I dare not leave home without. But instead of closing with Velcro or a plastic buckle, this thing employs a genuine used airline seatbelt buckle. TSA screeners, flight attendants and other avgeeks get a kick out of that; to everybody else, it provides instant confirmation of what a dork I am.