I'm new to the forum and am looking for a little help. I am a student at a distance-learning graduate school. Around four or five times per year, I travel to a school-related function, like a conference or a face-to-face class. I also travel for work, sort of. I'm in the process of setting up a consulting practice and writing a book with a psychiatrist/my boyfriend who lives in another city. I estimate I'll be away from home about two weeks per month.
After much research (I'm a bag-aholic like many of you), I bought a Brain Bag, Brain Cell, Freudian Slip, and Snake Charmer last year before I started school. It's perfect and can handle almost all of the books I usually need to lug around with me for trips. However, once I get to wherever I'm going, I don't want to have a bag of that size to carry everywhere. I just want what I need for a specific class or to make sure I have something to work on when I have any downtime.
I usually carry:
a book or two (not textbooks)
a few journal articles
pencil pouch (post-its, highlighters, etc.)
bottle of water? (I'm open to carrying this)
I've been using a small Timbuk2 messenger (ballistic nylon) that I bought before I found Tom Bihn. It works nicely for carrying my stuff. Unfortunately, when I pack it in my roll-aboard, it takes up too much room, and I have to check my back. Yuck. I'm considering a large Cafe Bag.
Finally, my questions:
How well would a large Cafe Bag pack?
Would an Imago be better or still too big? What are the dimensions?
I may not have the patience to wait for the Imago, to be honest! Also, it looks about the same size as my Timbuk2.
Thanks for reading this book. Any suggestions or comments?