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Carry-On Bags

Dawn Bjork Buzbee

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What light-weight carry-on wheeled bag is the favorite of road warriors? I am always packing at least one laptop with associated presentation gear. I would also appreciate suggestions from other women on their best second bag or purse choice.

-- Jennifer de St. Georges

Forget the $200 bags. At Office Depot I found an extremely light bag on wheels designed for school kids for $14.99. It does not have the divisions a briefcase does so I have learned to pack a cloth briefcase (very light) with sections and my “stuff” and then I put that into the school bag. If I want to work on the plane, I take the briefcase out and put the bag above. Plus it is designed for the kids, so it has the straps included to make it into a backpack. (I only used it that way once and for that one situation, the straps were a godsend.)

-- Bill Geist

My new fav is the Kensington Contour. Ingenious use of the back area (where the telescoping handle goes) to provide additional space for cords and small devices. This unit has more storage spaces and compartments than any bag I've ever seen.

-- Rosanne D’Ausilio

About a year ago I purchased a laptop bag on wheels which has saved my life, and my shoulders! I bought it on eBags. I was able to put the dimensions of my laptop in and then was shown what my options were. I purchased an $85 bag for about $40 and I’m thrilled with it. Not only does it take my laptop, but I’m able to get a small purse, my daytimer and miscellaneous other “stuff” in it.

The laptop itself fits into a soft bag that fits into the pocket. This allows me to take the soft bag and put it into my backpack on wheels when I’m traveling one day, returning the next.

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