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Personal item - Ryanair - Wizzair backpacks

Old Nov 13, 19, 11:26 am
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Personal item - Ryanair - Wizzair backpacks

The maximum free bag on Wizzair and Ryanair is pretty much the same as the personal item on traditional airlines. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets...it?usp=sharing

While there are cheap bags fitting this size, one Amazon review I feel is typical: "it ripped at the very first journey"

I am aware of three "serious" backpacks
  1. Greenroom Rainmaker 2.1 Medium. 40 x 28 x 20 cm. One main compartment and one flat laptop compartment, laptop size 34 x 27.
  2. MEI Mini Voyageur 42 x 30.5 x 20.3 cm. The width is on the verge of being too much but it's a soft backpack. Real lackluster webpage but https://imgur.com/a/wBZzp9b helps -- it seems it's just one compartment, not much organization.
  3. Crumpler Director's Cut Laptop 13. Two compartments, one clothes, one tech. Laptop size 37.0 x 25.5 cm which is insane because that'd fit the Macbook Pro Touchbar 15". We will see, I bought this one yesterday although I only have a ThinkPad T470 14" to test but I will borrow an MBP to check. Tons and tons of organization and extension possibility, too.
Any other good ideas?
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Old Nov 13, 19, 3:05 pm
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Reddit /r/onebag maintains a long spreadsheet https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets...#gid=744941088

I have an earlier version Uniqlo 3 Way bag which fits a 15" MBP, currently OOS in US https://www.uniqlo.com/us/en/3-way-bag-413071.html It is light enough to load in some gadgets and not go over 10kg or eat into weight allowance too much. It isn't meant for carrying really heavy loads for extra long commutes. It holds a bit more than my favorite personal carry and more of a box shape. ETA: Muji has a 2-way bag which is similar https://www.muji.us/store/water-repe...182308686.html https://www.muji.net/store/cmdty/det...nCode=S1001406 and a larger front pocket. No briefcase shoulder strap option. It is 41cm wide vs the 2019 Uniqlo 3-way 45cm.

There's middle ground between cheap & single use and "serious". I tend to spend more money on bags which meet a variety of personal item situations and if I'm going on a specific trip with outlier bag requirements, less money and make sure it isn't heavy. It is easy to get caught up in the "best bag" and end up with 3 $250 bags which are overbuilt and under used. Rinse repeat every few years as new bags come out or some carrier I probably won't take in two years reduces its personal item limits ... If it is for a one off or rarely taken carrier and itinerary where I can't pay $40 to get a larger carry-on option and/or priority boarding, then something inexpensive and not-disposable close to my carry preferences will do well enough. There's the principle of avoiding ancillary fees on ULCC/basic economy vs knowing how much my bags weigh with the contents I like to bring.

It can be useful for new travelers/carry-on-only to go-around a few times on the perfect bag hunt to figure out what works for their carry situations and what they'd like to carry. At this point, I'd rather select gear which fits the bag as there are at least a dozen options of media consumption + keyboard devices every two years than a new BIFL personal item bag which does exactly what I like. Why test for a 15" MBP if you don't have one? Do you expect to get one before something else appealing comes out?
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Old Nov 13, 19, 4:47 pm
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I have this bag from Tucano. It's very well-made and it has a good-sized laptop compartment as well. But it's quite slim, so it doesn't maximize the available space under the seat.

Another option is the Classic 28L bag from CabinZero. It gets pretty good reviews and is very lightweight as well.
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Old Nov 13, 19, 8:03 pm
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I have a carry on luggage and then a business backback as my personal item.

Swissgear 5527

I got a discount code and since I bought it direct I got a 10 year warranty.
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Old Nov 15, 19, 10:27 am
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What are you looking for in a personal bag? Do you need built-in organization? Something with structure or something extremely lightweight?
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Old Nov 18, 19, 8:48 am
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I typically fly to Europe for a month or even more and then within Europe I fly back and forth. It needs to pull dual duty: in hand personal item containing all the electronics for transatlantic trips so organization, yes. Lightweight matters less because it's small enough that not a lot can be packed inside anyways. And then backpack for my short trips within Europe so it needs to be able to house a little clothing as well.

It is the large backpack that needs little organization and wants to be lightweight (if I need organization I can add packing cubes). My choice of bag is the Eagle Creek Cargo Hauler. I learned this split (clothes on the back, electronics in hand) from the Tom Bihn website talking about their Aeronaut bag.
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