"2-in-1 bag" solution: carrying a slim laptop bag inside of the Tri-star?
I'm looking for feedback from Tri-star owners on the following: carrying a slim laptop bag inside the Tri-star. This is a modified one bag solution; I call it the "2-in-1" bag solution.
Goal: fit a slim laptop bag inside the Tri-star for a 3 day business trip. Packing list:
- Business attire: 3 sets of dress shirts/pants/socks/undershirts; no suit jacket.
- Casual clothing: a pair of jeans, several polo shirts; a thin, light-weight sweater.
- Work-out attire: 2 sets (shirt/shorts/socks, all made out of thin synthetic materials).
- Shoes: 1 pair of sneakers, 1 pair of thin casual shoes (think Pumas).
- Miscellaneous: zip-top bag with toiletries; a small paperback book.
- Electronics: a Lenovo laptop and power adapter; an iPad; several small cords and adapters.
I'm a good packer and I have no worries that all of this could easily fit inside the Tri-star. The questions is whether a slim laptop bag in the center compartment would take up too much room. At the moment, I've selected the Brenthaven ProStyle Slim Pack as the laptop bag. It's dimensions are 12.5" W x 18" H x 3" D. I picked it over a Brain Cell, as it has a little more capacity for things like power adapters, cables, etc.
Why I want to go with this approach:
- Although I may often keep the laptop bag outside of the Tri-star, there are times when it would be nice to handle just one bag (i.e., airport security lines, getting in and out of taxis, etc.)
- If I'm forced to check the Tri-star, I can quickly remove my laptop and other electronics. (I realize it should be rare to have to check the Tri-star, but it could happen).
- I'd like to leave the Tri-star at the hotel and use a smaller bag when visiting clients.
Follow-up: additional details
Thanks for replying. I have a Lenovo T400. The dimensions are:
Originally Posted by backpack
H: 10 7/8", W: 13 3/8", D: 1 1/4"
I realize now that I confused one of the external dimensions of the Brenthaven bag with an internal dimension. The height of my laptop (which, when placed on its side in the Brenthaven bag, becomes the width) is about 1.5" too long, due to my extended battery. Without the extended battery, the laptop would fit in the Brenthaven bag.
The only Tom Bihn bag that might work is a large Cafe Bag combined with a sleeve of some sort. The Cafe Bag is nice, but wasn't my first choice. On the other hand, it's very slim and compact.