questionswhat bag do you use for travel?

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If You have a Costco near you they have a High sierra backpack with a 17 inch laptop pocket and a tablet pocket. It is $35 + tax. This is a seasonal item and custom made for Costco. The backpack is supposed to be security check point friendly and it has a lot of pockets for your stuff. In store only.

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I have some incarnation of This Swiss Gear ScanSmart Backpack

It works great going through airports. You can unzip it to open flat and keep you computer in the pack and send it through security, instead of taking it out of a bag. Makes the whole process much nicer. Just traveling local, I've put 2 laptops in it no problem, so I'm sure your tablet would fit fine.
I got mine much less then what Amazon is asking, by looking around ebay. It was brand new. I only purchase stateside.

Of course, it may be much bigger than you want.
Where you going ? Any place interesting?

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No costcos near me plus I don't know if I trust the costco quality.

Also the swissgear is what I was looking at. I just thought I would ask the community to see if anyone had a recommendation. Does that bag fit under the seat or does it have to be put in the overhead if I may ask?

Also I am spending a semester at Brighton. Going to the University of Sussex but I want to try to take some weekend trips to explore.

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@lonno925: Too bad, I have used mine for about 10 months to and from work 5 days a week heavily loaded. Currently about 20 pounds in it. Overhead compartment for this bag.

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@lonno925: It would probably fit. Just depends on how much you stuff it. Mine was crammed full..... so it went in the overhead.
Keep the computers and basic computer supplies in it and it would go underneath. Of course, all airlines seem to keep adding seats and giving less room. Check w/ who you think you are flying with and ask for some measures.

Sounds like you have a wonderful opportunity ! Congratulations.

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@zippy the pinhead: That looks pretty great! Not sure where you would put an entire laptop, but otherwise it's handy dandy.

@lonno925: I'm so jealous of the travel opportunity! Don't forget your DW friends want you to come back and post pictures and updates!

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Having traveled a lot (over a million miles and 40+ countries), I pretty much use TUMI and Briggs & Riley. TUMI is pricey but I still have things that are decades old and still holding up. Briggs is great as well, more affordable, and comes with a lifetime warranty. Thing about TUMI and Briggs is that they'll transition well into post college life into the work world. I've seen some TUMI stuff at a Nordstrom Rack. ebags has some well priced Briggs.

Another option is 5.11 messenger and laptop bags. They're well made, pricier than Swissgear, but cheaper than TUMI & Briggs.

And you can go full military look with the special ops bag on Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003RBZ2M0/ref=oh_details_o05_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1). They come in two sizes so choose according to your laptop size. Decently priced, sturdy though not as good as 5.11 but cheaper than 5.11.

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@zippy the pinhead: I've seen those and like it in concept. I wonder how it actually wears when you load it up. It seems like it would sag a lot.

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@first2summit: Your right they are more professional. Eventually I will go looking at those but for now I think a bit cheaper is better but I will keep those in mind when I am looking thanks.

@zippy the pinhead:

Those jackets are a bit nuts and I agree with first2summit. I do not know how they would lay. I think those are one of those things I would need to try on. And at 200 dollars I do not think I could risk not liking it. The concept is sweet though. THanks

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Paper, as it's getting extremely difficult to find plastic,

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@zippy the pinhead:
I always wear an old jean jacket on the plane. Pockets galore. I load it up !

@lonno925: ebags has a storefront on ebay. That's who I purchased my swiss gear bag from. They have a pretty good wide variety of brands and some nice deals on their ebay store.

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I have a couple of laptop cases. First, I have a big Timberland computer backpack, which can handle everything, including the kitchen sink. I take this on day/overnight trips, carrying any books, cloths, personal items, etc. Second, I have small Built laptop sleeve/case, which is barebones (laptop, mini mouse) and has straps that are removable. I carry this one to work or after hours.

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@first2summit: @ceagee: I have had mine for a couple years. The pockets are layered and sewn in really well. With a little planning the entire jacket can be filled with stuff and still not look too bulky. It is likely that few people will actually load up every single pocket, but the nice thing is that there are so many available that the wearer can customize their jacket and placement of items. The jacket is also very water-resistant and warm.

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I bought a Kenneth Cole bag from eBags, called the "Come Bag Soon" that is designed for a laptop & iPad. Great bag.