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Melanii
03-22-2016, 09:20 AM
Since I often get dropped off at appointments or wait on buses, I wear a backpack to carry stuff in. It's basically my purse, but with extra stuff in so I always have something to do.

My dream would be to have this messenger bag that can utilize different handles for either over-the-shoulder or backpack-like wear. :D

Anyway...

I have a medium-sized backpack (http://s20.postimg.org/nk5383f71/s_l1600.jpg) and these are the things I wish to bring with me always.



Lined paper (for writing)
Blank white paper (for drawing)
Bus routes pamphlets
Pencils/Pens
3DS + case
Phone charger
3DS charger
Phone
Wallet w/ ID and money
The book I'm currently reading


I own 5+ binders, a clipfolio (http://s20.postimg.org/53aoh9z8t/17141_1_1.jpg), several folders, lots of printer paper, and lots of lined paper. A tablet or iPad would probably help lessen the load, and the one I have is an iPad 2 Wi-fi only version (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IPad_%282nd_generation%29). It loses battery really fast (and sometimes for no reason), gets glitchy, and has apps crash easily.

I actually try to minimize electronic usage in case I need to look up or call something in an emergency.

I don't believe my backpack can fit a lot of things. Right now I'm trying to think. ><

Kerosene
03-22-2016, 09:26 AM
...are you asking for backpack/bag recommendations? Not really sure what you mean by "Bag space suggestions". Or are you trying to find ways to save space?

Melanii
03-22-2016, 10:09 AM
Save space!

I'm KIND OF thinking of using a big binder full of paper, but it has no pockets. I don't even know what to put my pencils in or what to use my clipfolio for. O_O

Kerosene
03-22-2016, 10:27 AM
Well, I'd just recommend going for a bigger bag. If your bag isn't big enough to carry what you want to carry, get a bigger bag. This is coming from a student, a hiker, and a backpacker.

Get a cloth pencil case because you can pack it in. Hard ones just take up space. A tablet is great is you have a lot of readable material, but won't replace a lot of notes and binders of stuff. I carry a spiral notebook and my tablet in my bag and they cover me, but I still have folders and whatever books I need to haul around.

If you find that most days you can get by just fine with your current bag, but there's a few days here and there you might need more room, you can get canvas tote or one of those reusable grocery bags to pack extra stuff in.

AW Admin
03-22-2016, 10:36 AM
Save space!

I'm KIND OF thinking of using a big binder full of paper, but it has no pockets. I don't even know what to put my pencils in or what to use my clipfolio for. O_O

Get a subject spiral bound notebook with stiff pockets. Either get one that's 8.5 x 11, or the the 6 x 5 size. You can find these almost anywhere, from all sorts of companies. Here's an example:

http://www.amazon.com/Five-Star-Notebooks-Assorted-73707/dp/B010PK6G02/ref=sr_1_sc_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1458627559&sr=8-5-spell&keywords=spiral+noteboo+pockets

Get a spiral bound sketch pad.

Get 2 thin plastic pencil boxes at Staples

http://www.staples.com/Staples-Slider-Pencil-Cases-Assorted-26092-CC-/product_599113

or a two-compartment zip pencil case; one side for pencils etc. the other for an iPad USB charger and cable, earphones, etc.

Don't keep your wallet in your backpack if you can keep it on your body.

Makes it easy to steal everything if it's all in your backpack.

Think about looking for a cheap messenger bag; these are often vendor giveaways so you can often find them at Good Will stores, etc.

A Messenger bag with a handle and a strap has some advantages over a backpack, including that they're hard for someone else to unzip without being noticed, and, you're less likely to overload them.

kuwisdelu
03-22-2016, 10:44 AM
My dream would be to have this messenger bag that can utilize different handles for either over-the-shoulder or backpack-like wear. :D

These exist. I know this company (http://www.copperriverbags.com) offers it as an option on their messenger bags. They're all custom made and allow you to add additional strap attachments on the bottom to convert into a backpack.

They're pure leather and rather pricy though.

Melanii
03-22-2016, 12:54 PM
@Kuwi - OMG, those prices. So cool though!

@Everyone else - Luckily, I'm going to be out tomorrow, and with these suggestions I might hit the office store. :D The only reason I used a backpack is because is due to the fact that it's easier to walk with. I'd use a messenger bag as a "purse" when I'm out with other people and don't need to walk 30 minutes here or there.

I also get tired of switching between a backpack and purse, and switching the items. @.@

Twig2
03-22-2016, 07:57 PM
Expensive solution: Get an iPad Pro with a pen. This replaces 7 out of the 10 things on your list.

Cheaper solution: If you're sticking with your old phone/iPad with nearly dead-batteries, then buy an external battery. For 10 to 20 USD you get little thing that will power a tablet or phone for many hours and doesn't take up more space than a charger. This would allow you to replace the book, the bus tables and the game with the iPad.

I've also got an iPad 2. The thing to do when it gets unresponsive and apps start to crash is to shut down apps to free up RAM. (Home button twice, then slide all apps, except the ones you're using at the moment, upwards.) The iPad 2 only has half a gigabyte of RAM, which quickly gets used up these days.

Melanii
03-23-2016, 05:23 AM
I can't use the iPad's internet without wi-fi so I'd need the bus tables. And you can't replace the game because the iPad doesn't have any of the 3DS games I play.

And I always shut down my apps. It's a habit. Do it on my phone too. XD

I'm not really fond of the iPad, I guess. It probably needs to be replaced. But I'm unemployed, so oh wells!