Hello fellow EDCs,
I'm in need of some advice and/or recommendations. Here's my situation:
I'm 34, married, family, career as a construction safety director. On average I travel a few times per year, typically by car but maybe by plane on average once every year or two. Travel is usually personal but sometimes for business. The more I get into EDC, the more I realize how much my current "luggage" doesn't cut it anymore.
For my main travel bag, I've been using an REI Flash 30 pack:
It used to be fine, when all I needed were a few t-shirts, shorts, undies, and a small bag for toiletries. But the bag falls short these days. I need more space, and I need to be able to properly fold and carry dress shirts and/or a suit with me as well. This bag also has no secure way of carrying a laptop or a tablet. Organization stinks, because it's basically just a giant stuff sack, so there is no organization.
Here's what I want:
Two bags, one a standard size carry-on wheeled luggage piece, and the other a "personal item" size bag capable of carrying a tablet, some charger cords, a pad of paper (doesn't have to be full letter size), a portable battery charger (nothing huge), etc.
I'm thinking that anytime I travel, whether by plane or by car, I can pack all my clothes and laptop in the carry-on size bag which I'll stow in the overhead bins or trunk, and then the personal item bag I'll keep with me at my seat. That way I can easily use my tablet, pull out the pad and paper if I want to write, and have access to my chargers and headphones.
I just need recommendations on the two items. So far I like the Osprey Meridian Wheeled Luggage for $340 for the wheeled luggage portion, but I'm open to suggestions. I don't want to go over $330 for the budget though. And I don't have anything in mind yet for the smaller, personal item for my tablet/accessories, so I definitely need recommendations there.