Before I get into the point of this post, I just want to give a little personal background…
I really used to LOVE to travel. As a teenager, my friends and I would go to the airport and hang out in the terminal, before 2001, when you actually could. We would walk around, snack, people watch, and watch planes take off. The terminals were always my favorite spots to sit and dream about flying somewhere far away and experiencing the world. Back then, I didn’t mind dragging luggage and going through security to get somewhere. It was exciting. Shortly after 9/11, security was really stepped up, lines became longer, and you could no longer enjoy airports as before. But flying overseas was still enjoyable for me. I absolutely loved it.
Now, it’s all a nightmare. We all know the agonizing routine of going through security. And no one is friendly at all anymore. Finally landing at your destination, you have to worry about your luggage and it’s contents. I actually had my luggage lost by Turkish Airlines, but got it delivered a week later. And the restrictions of carry-ons are getting worse and worse.
With the plans of traveling soon, I needed to cut out the check-in luggage and go for the carry-on only option. Some destinations are more strict than others, especially with weight, fees, laptops, and dslr cameras. I finally found a bag that can carry everything I need to last for 1-2 weeks and fit easily into overhead compartments. I found the Timbuk2 Wingman on sale on Amazon.
The most important part, was the dimensions. This comes in at 15.7″ x 20.9″ x 7.9″, weighing only 2.2 lbs. It’s basically considered a duffel bag that can turn into a backpack. I was concerned about weight and interior space. Every bag I looked at was shaped oddly, heavy, and had unnecessary curves and weird pockets. This is rectangular without a bunch of silly features.