Brain Bag: It's almost... *too* big!
As I posted last week, I was incredibly frustrated with my travel setup for work. On my way home, I literally placed a Brain Bag order from the airport in San Jose figuring instead of hauling either an eBags Weekender by itself (I bought it years ago in my pre-TB era. It's a decent bag for the money, but no real place to put a laptop that won't slide around in the bag, no real place to stash small gadgets, no water bottle pocket...), or an eBags Weekender with my Tom Bihn ID (one on the back and one over the shoulder for a 2-night trip? No thanks...) I'd one-bag it with the Brain Bag.
I picked up a Brain Bag, Snake Charmer, and a couple other pouches and accessories to complement my existing Eagle Creek packing folder and packing cube. I love the bag - well thought out and a place for pretty much everything.
The thing is, this bag is cavernous. I could easily pack my 6-year-old in the bag if I didn't want to pay for an extra seat. :p
On my first overnighter...
- Pack-It Folder with a second dress shirt and tie, pair of jeans, and t-shirt
- 13" MB Air in a Cache
- Snake Charmer
- Eagle Creek packing "tube" with underwear, undershirt, socks
- Clear organizer for 3-1-1 stuff (Where have you been all my life! This beats a Ziplock...)
- Assorted other gadgets stashed in various pockets and/or TB organizer pouches (Mophie Helium, VZW JetPack, ear buds, etc)
So as you guessed, everything sort of sank to the bottom of the bag because it's not nearly enough to fill this thing. On the return trip, I did put the MB Air in the pocket closest to my back then laid the Snake Charmer on top (read: toward the top of the bag) and cinched it down well enough that it stayed put. Trouble is, at security, this was less than ideal because I had to dig past the snake charmer to pull out the laptop.
I pondered returning it and waiting for the bigger Synapse, but who knows when that will be and (although it's practically brand new) I've used the Brain Bag so it's not returnable.
What I loved was having one bag with everything in it. My "work" stuff in one pocket and my clothes in the other so no opening my pack at my meeting and having my laundry spill out. (Awkward!)
Any packing advice for going light with the BB? I have an Eagle Creek packing cube I could also bring into the mix.