I travel a lot – both for work and for family reasons (I live in Sweden but my family is in Ireland and South Africa). Long journeys of up to 30 hours are not unusual. I am not afraid of flying but I hate lugging heavy bags around airports. I usually carry magazines, spare underwear and t shirt, toiletries, medicines, earplugs, phone, Ipad, Filofax, water with me and in airports where there are no trolleys in the secure area, my bag gets heavier with every step. I start to hate it after about two hours and I never want to see it again within eight.
For travelling I used to use my Mulberry Baywater – it is tough, expandable and can be carried over shoulder, on arm or in hand. It fits everything from magazines to shoes! The only downside is that it got underfoot during flights. When you are flying economy longhaul you get very little legroom and after 21 hours squashed in a tiny seat with your feet on top of your bag, you will give anything for a good stretch out under the seat in front of you.
About three years ago though I discovered Zen class travel organisers and I have not looked back. I have one in black leather but they are also available in nylon and in brown leather. They are not pricey and were designed by frequent flyers for frequent flyers. I have used mine very heavily and all I have needed is to have one of the small loops stitched.
The bags have built in slots for credit cards, pens, usb sticks, water, passports, boarding cards and zip open to go over your folded tray table. So everything you need is in front of you and away from your feet. When you arrive at your destination just zip it up again and it is an amazing travel bag. You don’t need a makeup bag or a wallet or a ticket organizer – your Zen does all that!
It is also amazingly good for babies or travelling children – hang over a stroller when walking with your baby or fill with games and toys and hang it over your child’s tray table for amusement through a long flight. It is also nice if you are doing car or coach travel with kids – let them pack it with their favourites!
Here is the website if you would like more information. I have always dealt with Brent Hollowell and he is so efficient and friendly.